Meaning

Primary

Opinion

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Word Type

noun, する verb, の adjective

Explanation

The idea you see in your head is your opinion. As the dude once said... "That's just, like, your 意見, man."

Reading

いけん
Kyoko
(Tokyo accent, female)
Kenichi
(Tokyo accent, male)

Explanation

The reading is all on'yomi, meaning is just fine. 's on'yomi (けん) is a reading you didn't learn with the kanji because it's so much less useful, but you do have to know it here. You've seen it with 発見 a couple levels ago, so that should help. Still, here's a mnemonic to help you remember:

In this case, just think about how Ken the samurai has an opinion on everything. Ken is such a know-it-all, and you're better off agreeing with his opinions. He's a samurai after all!

Context

Patterns of Use

  • ご意見
  • 意見を〜
  • 〜の意見
  • 意見が〜

Common Word Combinations

  • ご意見
    an opinion
  • 意見を聞く
    to hear someone's opinion, to ask someone for their opinion
    意見を言う
    to state an opinion
    意見をいただく
    to receive someone's opinion
  • みなさんの意見
    everyone's opinion
    自分の意見
    one's own opinion
    人の意見
    people's opinion
  • 意見が分かれる
    to diverge in opinion
    意見がある
    to have an opinion
    意見が出る
    an opinion emerges

Context Sentences

意見の出しおしみはしないで下さい。

Don't hold your opinions back, please.

いくら仲の良い友だちでも、ちょっと正直には意見しづらいよね。

Even though they were my close friends, I would probably have difficulty openly telling them about this.

これは俺の個人的な意見なんだけど、たまに、日本は本当に変わった国だなぁと思うんだよね。

This is just my personal opinion, but I sometimes think that Japan is a really weird country.

Kanji Composition