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イメージ

イメージ

Today’s Question

この絵(え)はイメージです。
This picture is an イメージ.
What does イメージ mean?

イメージ is the transliteration of the English word “image” but actual meaning is an “image created in a person’s head” rather than an actual image. So it often gets translated as an “impression” rather than an “image.”

Examples

このはイメージです。実際じっさいくつとはことなります。(today’s question sentence)
This picture is an impression (only). It’s different from the actual shoes.

イメージどおりに仕上しあがった。
It’s exactly the way I pictured it in my mind.

これは春風はるかぜをイメージしたメロディーです。
This melody is meant to create an impression of the wind in spring.

カーテンをえたら部屋へやのイメージがすっかりわった。
The feeling of the room changed completely after I changed the curtains.

あの俳優はいゆう悪役あくやくのイメージがつよい。
People always think of that actor as one who plays the villain.

エイミーさんのイメージはよい。
Amy comes across as a charming woman.

日本にほんでの生活せいかつをイメージしてください。
Picture your life in Japan.

この広告こうこく会社かいしゃのイメージアップに役立やくだった。
This advertisement contributed to improving the reputation of the company.

あのニュースは学校がっこうのイメージダウンにつながった。
The news damaged the reputation of the school.

Answer to Today’s question

“impression” – see the translation above.

Transliteration Rules

The “a” in ”Image” is not a diphthong [ei] but a single short vowel [i]. However, it is written with a prolonged vowel bar “ー.” Most English words ending in “-age” are transliterated with the “-eージ” ending.

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