本日の言葉:いがい

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Another small but useful word here, ‘いがい/意外/igai’、loosely meaning ‘unexpected’ or ‘surprising’, which describes situations I seem to find myself in more than I probably should.

Slightly more mature than ‘しんじならない’/shinji naranai) which is closer to ‘I don’t believe it’,  it becomes useful in situations when dealing with certain business people ;). A basic use is given here:

“問題は意外にやさしかったよ.” – I found the problem easier than I had expected.

For more examples, as ever, check out the relevant WWWJDIC page here. Goo dictionary definition here.