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What is the difference between kawaii and kowai?

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      Kawaii and Kowai sounds similar, but what exactly is the difference?

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      They have totally different meaning.

      ●Kawaii / 可愛い / かわいい → Kawaii means CUTE

      Japanese use this word for both people and stuff.
      For example, when you see a woman with an attractive appearance, you would say “Kawaii”.
      And, when you see nice clothes, tableware, accessories, etc while shopping, you would say “Kawaii”.
      Please note that although you can use the English word “cute” as a meaning of handsome for a guy, “Kawaii” won’t work like that.

      ●Kowai / 怖い / こわい → Kowai means SCARED

      It’s pretty much the same as the English term, “scared” and “frightening”.

      Basically, “Kowai” is used in the following situations:
      ・I’m worried that if I get close to it, I’ll be harmed.
      ・I don’t want to get close to something that isn’t good for me

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