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Kaori Speech Translations by Wolf Feather

Version: Final | Updated: 02/21/2003



Jamie Stafford/Wolf Feather

Initial Version Completed: August 15, 2002
FINAL-2 VERSION Completed: February 21, 2002


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After spending more than a month playing SSX Tricky, I
realized that while I understand most of what JP is saying,
many players probably have no idea what comes from his mouth.
Having spent eleven years studying French language, culture,
and literature (including considerable time living in both
southern [French-speaking] Belgium and Paris, France) I was
able to provide translations of JP's sayings (SSX Tricky:
Qu'est-ce qu'il dit? Guide), and began looking for something
similar for Kaori, my absolute favorite character in SSX
Tricky (and also in the original SSX).

Unfortunately, I have not been able to find such a
translation guide for Kaori.  Kevin Roberts did provide a
start in his SSX Game Guide (available at GameFAQs -
http://www.GameFAQs.com/) with some translations for both
Kaori and Hiro (another Japanese character from the original
SSX), but that is based upon the original game in the SSX
series, and most characters returning in SSX Tricky have
different one-liners in their 'arsenal.'

I do not actually speak Japanese, and only understand a very
little bit of the language thanks to seven years of avidly
watching anime (Japanese animation).  Over the years of
watching (and owning) so much anime and my linguistic skills
from eleven years of studying French language and culture and
literature, I am able to 'pick out' sounds and link them
together to form words so that I can work with my romanized
Japanese-English/English-Japanese dictionary.

Those phrases indicated with asterisks are provided by
others.  They are credited in the Arigatou!!! section at the
end of this guide.

Please keep in mind that even in the best of circumstances,
translation is FAR from a precise science.  For example,
consider the controversy over the U.S. Government's official
translation of the Osama Bin Laden videotape found in early
December 2001 in a home in Afghanistan (the videotape
advanced by the government as the ultimate proof of Bin
Laden's involvement in the terrorist attacks on the United
States on September 11, 2001) and the more specific
translations offered by CNN and other news organizations in
the days after the videotape's official release.  There are
certainly many more potential translations which could be
made for each phrase beyond what I have provided here; the
translations given below are simply meant to give a general

Note that this FINAL-2 VERSION of the guide has purposely
been a long time in the making.  This is because after the
Final Version was issued, I started receiving e-mails from
readers with better and more translations.  I had purposely
waited a LONG time to deal with creating the Final-2 Version
to see just how many would come in.


Bye bye!                       Bye bye!
Chotto!                        Just a moment!
Hayaku nai?                    You are so fast!****


Choo deshii!                   <<Unsure>>
Excellentoo!                   Excellent!
Extreme!                       Extreme!
Go go pebble!                  Go go pebble!+
Gorgeous!                      Gorgeous!
Hai!  Hai!  Hai!               Yes!  Yes!  Yes!
Ii kanji!                      What a great
Ikuzo!!!                       Here I go!*****
Kanpeki!                       Perfect!*
Kaori ichimasu!                Kaori flies/is the highest!
Kaori senshu shuuten!          Kaori, the palyer with the
                                  best marks!****
Koo de nakuchan!               <<Translation not provided,
                                  but is used when things go
                                  as planned>>****
Kureizii!                      Crazy!
Nice!                          Nice!
Oh no!                         Oh no!
Omigoton!                      Great!****
Oya!                           Oh my!
Saikou!                        The best!*
Shoo kan deki!                 This fine work deserves a
So good!                       So good!
Super excellent!               Super excellent!
Super jumpu!                   Super jump!
Tanoshii!                      Delightful!
Sugoo sugi!                    Very excellent!****
Tsukoi!                        Cool!/Neat!**
Yahoo!                         Yahoo!
Yatta!                         I did it!*
Yay!                           Yay!
Yoosha!                        Right!*****

+  Kaori has very close ties with anime (Japanese animation),
   so 'Go go pebble!' could very well be a personal anime-
   like catchphrase that she uses.


Konnichi wa!                   Hello!
Super excellent!               Super excellent!
You are ichiban!               You are number one!


Baka!                          Idiot!/Stupid!
Chodasan!                      A miscalculation!
Hidoi!                         That was terrible!
I so embarrassed!              I [am] so embarrassed!
Itai!                          That was painful!
Itai no mo!                    That was also painful!
Kiboen! <<otomatopedic>>       Ka-boing!
Kurashu!                       Crash!/I crashed!
Kuso!                          <<Vulgar term>>***
Maa no!  Maa no!               Oh dear!  Oh dear!
Motto!                         I need to do/practice more!
Motto no!                      I need more practice!
Mootto gambare no ku choo!     I must do my best to ease this
Mou dame...                    Still no good...*
Mou kushin mou kutou!          I keep struggling!
Mou nando no yoo?              How many times must I fail?
Ooshin de <<unclear>>!         I'll see the doctor soon!
Oozei!                         How uncomfortable!****
Shoo ku...                     Pain is my reward...
Uso!                           Oh no!
Uso deshoo...                  I'm no good...
Whoa!                          Whoa!
Yudan!                         (I'm being) careless!


Bigu jumpu!                    Big jump!
Champion!                      (I am the) champion!
Doo na!                        Enshrine my name!
Honjoo!                        What a great feeling!
Ichiban!                       Number one!
Kami-sama, arigatou!           Thank you God!+
Kanpeki!                       Perfect!*
Kaori senshu!                  Kaori is the champion!
Oya!                           Oh my!
Renshu shita mon ne...         I've been practicing...*
Super cool!                    Super cool!
Wai kono mashi!                This increases my score!
Wai!  Watashi tsugoi ga mo!    Yay!  I did it in spite of
Yatta!                         I did it!*

+ Given that the Buddhist and Shinto religions are highly
  prevalent in Japan, it is likely that the translation of
  'Thank you God!' is very inadequate.  On advice from Eric
  Teall, 'Kami-sama' is more likely to refer to the spirit(s)
  protecting Kaori and her family.


Kondo gambaru...               Next time, I'll do better...


Gambare!  Gambare!             Do your best!  Do your best!
Jamais!  <<French>>            Never!
Koo!                           (Do it) this way!


How childish!                  How childish!
You are bad!!!                 You are bad!!!


Nan de no <<unclear>> no       How the stands are full!
Please, go away!               Please, go away!
Psymon!  You need a bath!      Psymon!  You need a bath!
Sei!  Arigatou!                <<Unsure>>  Thank you!


Number one!                    Number one!


Those phrases indicated with asterisks are provided by
others.  They are credited here:

* These are taken from Kevin Roberts' SSX Game Guide v1.9.
The author himself credits translations for Kaori and Hiro
(the two Japanese characters from the original SSX) as the
work of Cassiel.

** This is from a University of Texas student who prefers to
remain anonymous.

*** This is initially from Tina, who notes that "Kuso!" is a
vulgar term (which I assumed since it was not in my romanized
dictionary) but does not give an exact translation... which
may be just as well!!!  A follow-up message from another user
(no username or handle provided) confirms that this is indeed
the S-word.

**** This comes from Sagiyama.

***** This is from Alan MacDougal.


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