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(not) at all ぜんぜん
How to say “(not) at all” in Japanese? “ぜんぜん”. Here you will learn how to pronounce “ぜんぜん” correctly and in the comments below you will be able to get all sorts of advice on (not) at all in Japanese like tips & tricks to remember it, questions, explanations and more.

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Japanese Word: ぜんぜん (zenzen)

Tips to Remember the Word:
1. Association: Associate "zen" with the common English word "zero" (both start with 'z' and 'e'), which can help you remember that it often means "not at all" or "completely."
2. Imagery: Visualize a completely empty clock (zero time) to signify "nothing at all."
3. Sound: The repetition in "zenzen" can be memorized by thinking of something being devoid of everything twice over (like double zero).

1. When used with a negative verb, ぜんぜん means "not at all" or "never."
2. In casual or colloquial Japanese, ぜんぜん can be used with positive verbs or adjectives to mean "completely" or "entirely."

Other Words That Mean the Same Thing:
– ăŸăŁăŸă (mattaku) – "completely" or "not at all"
– すっかり (sukkari) – "completely" or "thoroughly"

Alternate Meanings (Slang):
1. In slang or casual use, especially among younger people, ぜんぜん can mean "totally" in a positive way, even if it's followed by a positive verb or adjective.

Examples of Sentences:
1. Negative Context:
– æ—„æœŹèȘžăŒć…šç„¶ă‚ă‹ă‚ŠăŸă›ă‚“。
(Nihongo ga zenzen wakarimasen.)
– I don't understand Japanese at all.

2. Positive Context (Casual/Slang):
– ă“ăźæœŹă€ć…šç„¶éąç™œă„ă‚ˆïŒ
(Kono hon, zenzen omoshiroi yo!)
– This book is totally interesting!

3. Negative Context:
– ć…šç„¶çœ ă‚ŒăȘかった。
(Zenzen nemurenakatta.)
– I couldn't sleep at all.

4. Positive Context (Casual/Slang):
– ćœŒăźæ˜ ç”»ăŻć…šç„¶ă‚ˆă‹ăŁăŸă€‚
(Kare no eiga wa zenzen yokatta.)
– His movie was totally good.

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