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nasai

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To live lightheartedly but not recklessly; to be gay without being boisterous; to be courageous without being bold; to show trust and cheerful resignation without fatalism—this is the art of living.
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Basque

Adjective

nasai

  1. ample

Japanese

Etymology

From 為さる (なさる, nasaru).

Verb

nasai (hiragana なさい)

  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) an imperative form
    よく聞きなさい
    よくききなさい
    Yoku kikinasai!
    Listen well!
    ここにあなたの名前を書きなさい
    ここにあなたのなまえかきなさい
    Koko ni anata no namae kakinasai.
    Write down your name here.
    あのなさい
    あのねこなさい
    Ano neko o minasai.
    Look at the cat!

Usage notes

  • A soft way of issuing a command which is firm at the same time; like when a teacher wants a student to pay attention or when a parent scolds it's child.
  • Unlike ください (kudasai), なさい only applies to the positive forms of verbs.
  • なさい uses the stem of verbs.
    食べなさい (たべなさい, tabenasai); eat!

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