Q: Hey richard! your website it awesome. My question is, how do you say ‘I dislike/hate’ something? e.g. I dislike spiders. -Ali
A: Thanks Ali!
To hate in Japanese is 嫌い – kirai. So to say you hate spiders you’d say クモが嫌い – kumo ga kirai！
You also hear obnoxious kids saying it all the time around town.
And over dramatic girls on TV are always saying “大嫌い” – dai kirai – I hate you with all the passion of a bug being crushed by a herd of elephants.
But just as in English “嫌い” is quite a strong word, so you also say “dislike” in Japanese with 好きではありません – suki de wa arimasen or a little less formal is 好きじゃない – suki jya nai
Then again in Japan everyone is * really * polite so if someone asks you “これが好き？” – kore ga suki – do you like this? – you can also say ちょっと – chotto – in a hesitant voice which means “well, I don’t really like it ….. sort of …. ” which is a polite way of saying you don’t!
Politeness is always the best way to go!