Tsumaranai vs Tsumannai – The battle of the borings : Hey guys, how is it going today? Welcome to another awesome online Japanese lesson from the one and only, Bondlingo. Today we are going to be doing something really boring … JOKE! But we are going to be talking about how to say “boring” in Japanese and the differences between two very similar ways to say it.

Tsumaranai vs Tsumannai – The battle of the borings
Tsumaranai vs Tsumannai – The battle of the borings
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Tsumaranai vs Tsumannai – The battle of the borings

First, we will start off by looking at the two words for “boring” and analysing their differences. Then we will be looking at some great examples sentences to show you exactly how to use them too. Finally, we will be finishing off with a great technique to help remember how to use these words moving forward and never forget them.

Brilliant, now that’s the boring introduction out of the way, let’s get into the boring content!

What’s the difference between Tsumaranai and Tsumannai?

What’s the difference between Tsumaranai and Tsumannai?
What’s the difference between Tsumaranai and Tsumannai?

So both “tsumaranai” and “tsumannai” mean the same thing, “boring” or “dull”, however tsumannai is used more in conversation. Tsumannai is the shortened version of tsumaranai and these adjectives both mean the same thing. This kind of shortening of words happens a lot in Japanese and is very common among the younger generation.

We are now going to look at some awesome example sentences using tsumaranai and tsumannai so you can see how to use them in real life conversations.

Example sentence using Tsumaranai and Tsumannai

Let’s have a look at some examples now of tsumaranai and tsumannai sentences. Remember, as we discussed, that they both mean the exact same thing, but tsumannai is more conversational.

In this first sentence the speaker is trying to discuss how the person in the sentence gets worked up over really small / dull / boring issues. This is a great pattern to remember and use for yourself too.

Kare wa yoku tsumaranai koto ni kattonaru
He often gets worked up over little things.

If you’re in the mood to throw down some insults, then you can work “tsumaranai” into one to help your practice! This speaker wants to let you know just how dull he thinks that guy is.

Kare wa tsumaranai otoko da
He's nothing.

If you want to express that something bores you or is dulle then this is a great patter not remember and get to grips with. You can use this with most nouns and we are sure that you can think of 1000’s of things that bore you to death! That will make for some great practice guys.

Kare wa sono eiga ga totemo tsumannai to wakatta
He found the movie very dull.

This next speaker isn’t afraid to speak his mind and say what he really feels, savage!

Watashi wa kare no shousetsu wo tsumaranai to omou
I think little of his novel.

Wow, so that’s the end of our example sentences, make sure that you stay alert for this next section as this is the key to really mastering the usage of this phrase.

An effective technique to help you remember Tsumaranai and Tsumannai


Now that you have read through the various example sentences, we want to give you are really effective technique that you can implement across this article, and In fact, all of your Japanese studies in general. This is possibly the most important part of the lesson too so be sure that you are really taking note if you are serious about improving your Japanese.

What you need to do is re read each example sentence in the section above at least 5 – 6 times out loud. From this you are now going to want to try and translate this back to English in your head. This way you are going to get really familiar with the patterns and create a structure in your head that will be really hard to forget.

This is the number one technique for learning new vocabulary and grammar structures, so be sure that you are implementing this from now on.

So there we have it, that was today’s ultra-boring lesson, how did you find it? We hope now that you have a good grasp on the differences of Tsumaranai vs Tsumannai. Remember the most important thing is to practice the example sentences and to try and implement the effective technique that we talked about as much as possible.

As always we really appreciate you taking the time to learn with us here at Bondlingo and we always love hearing your questions or ideas for any future content that you would like us to write about. Please make sure to get in touch because we would seriously love to hear from you all. So have a great day everyone and we will see you in the next online Japanese lesson. またね.

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