Friday, March 22, 2019

aite 相手

WIP: this article is incomplete and might change in the unforeseeable future.
In Japanese, aite 相手 means the "other party" of given action. Whenever you're doing something, with someone, that someone is your aite. This can be your "partner" if you're cooperating the action, or "opponent" if the action is a competition.

Note that "party" is a "party" is the same sense that kocchi, socchi, acchi, or kochira, sochira, achira, mean "my party," "your party," "that party." They're sides of an action: I, you, them.

The word aite isn't the same thing as sochira, though, since sochira is the party of the listener, translating to "you" most of the time, while aite is the opposing party, so it can be someone besides the listener.
  • aite no kimochi
    The feelings of the aite.
    • Usually, this phrase means the feelings of someone whom you're dealing with.
    • Understanding their feelings is important so that the action (dealing with) works out.

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