sweet  甘美な

February 23, 2015 =========
☆ sweet  甘美な
Although today’s word is an adjective, this word can also be a noun. In England and Australia, a “sweet” is a piece of candy made from sugar. When I lived in Japan, though, I got used to saying “candy” instead of “sweet” because many of my friends were American and so they had no idea what I was talking about! When I returned to Australia, I was in the habit of saying “candy” and again, I was faced with people who wondered why I was using American English instead of “Australian English”!
However! Today’s word is an adjective. Something that is sweet has a pleasant taste, usually of sugar or honey. In cooking, we have four main tastes, sweet, salty, sour, and bitter.
Another way to use “sweet” as an adjective is to describe something that is “awesome.” For example in a movie, you might hear someone talk about their new car as being “sweet”. This is an idiomatic use, but very common. Next time you watch an English movie, see if you can hear someone using the word “sweet” in this way.