におい vs. かおり:Don’t Think These As The Same Meaning

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におい vs. かおり:Don’t Think These As The Same Meaning

What is the difference between “におい(nioi) and かおり(kaori)”? Which is only used as the meaning of “good smell”? After reading this, you would be answering this question. Let me introduce what their subtle differences are and how you correctly use them such as native speakers today!

におい (nioi)

Smell / 气味 / 냄새 / mùi

におい(nioi)” means “Smell” and which has been used as the meaning of “the characteristic of something that can be recognized or noticed using the nose”. The basic ways to use it are that “___はい/へんにおいがする。(___ smell good/bad.)”, “___のにおい(a scent of ___)”, etc. For instance, “これはにおいがする。(This smells good.)” and “これはへんにおいがする。(This smells bad.), “にんにくのにおい(the smell of garlic )”, etc. The tips for using it are that “におい” is used as “ALL OF THE SMELLS WHICH ARE GOOD AND BAD.”, unlike “かおり”. Everyone could use “におい” as casual, polite and formal such as “においがするね。(It smells good.)” and “へんにおいがするね。(It smells bad.)” as casual and “においがします。(It smells good.)” and “へんにおいがします。(It smells bad.)” as polite and formal.

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Sample

yuka

シャンプー何使なにつかってるの?いいにおだね! (What shampoo do you use? It smells nice!) (洗发水你用的是什么?闻起来很香!) (샴푸 뭐 써? 좋은 냄새 나!) (Bạn đang dùng dầu gội đầu gì vậy? Mùi thơm nhỉ!) (shanpū nani tsukatteru no? ī nioi dane!)

tatsuya

いいにおですね。 (It smells good.) (好香的气味。) (좋은 냄새네요.) (Mùi thơm thật nhỉ.) (ī nioi desu ne.)

yuka

なにこのにお (What’s that smell?) (这是什么味道?) (이거 무슨 냄새야?) (Mùi này là mùi gì?) (nani kono nioi?)

tatsuya

なんかへんにおがするね。なんのにおだろ? (Something smells funny. I wonder what it is.) (有一种奇怪的味道。是什么的味道啊?) (뭔가 이상한 냄새가 나. 무슨 냄새지?) (Có mùi gì lạ nhỉ. Mùi của cái gì vậy ta?) (nanka hen’na nioi ga suru ne. nan no nioi daro?)

かおり (kaori)

Fragrance, Aroma, Smell / 香味 / 향기 / hương, mùi thơm

かおり(kaori)” means “Smell” and which has been used as the meaning of “a sweet or pleasant smell”. The basic ways to use it are that “___はかおりがする。(___ smell good.)”, “___のかおり(a scent of ___)”, etc. For instance, “これはかおりがする。(This smells good.)”, “化粧水けしょうすいかおり(cosmetics’ fragrance)”, “フルーツのかおり(a fruity scent)”, etc. The tips for using it are that “かおり” is ONLY used as the meaning of “GOOD and ELEGANT”, unlike “におい”. Although you would be able to say “これはかおりがする。(This smells good.)” and “これはにおいがする。(This smells good.)”, “これはかおりがする。(This smells good.)” sounds “ELEGANT SMELL” than “これはにおいがする。(This smells good.)”. Everyone could use “かおり” as casual, polite and formal such as “かおりがするね。(It smells good.)” as casual and “かおりがします。(It smells good.)” as polite and formal.

Sample

yuka

シャンプー何使なにつかってるの?いいかおだね! (What shampoo do you use? It smells elegant!) (你用的是哪个洗发水啊?闻起来好香!) (샴푸 뭐 써? 좋은 향기 나!) (Bạn đang dùng dầu gội đầu gì vậy? Hương thơm thật đấy!) (shanpū nani tsukatteru no? ī kaori dane!)

tatsuya

いいかおですね。 (It smells elegant.) (好香。) (좋은 향기네요.) (Hương thơm nhỉ.) (ī kaori desu ne.)

yuka

なにこのかお (What’s that smell?) (这是什么香味?) (이거 무슨 향기야?) (Mùi hương này là mùi gì vậy?) (nani kono kaori?)

tatsuya

フルーツのかおいた石鹸せっけんはありますか? (Do you have any fruit scented soaps?) (有水果味的肥皂吗?) (과일 향기 나는 비누는 있나요?) (Có loại xà phòng có mùi trái cây không ạ?) (furūtsu no kaori ga tsuita sekken wa arimasu ka?)

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