keen (感覚が)鋭い

April 17, 2015 =========
☆ keen (感覚が)鋭い
Today’s word has a few different usages. The first one is the translation for today, when we talk about someone having a “keen sense of…”. For example, a keen sense of smell. Or a keen eye. Or a keen mind. Or a keen ear. In these examples, you are saying that the person is “sharp” and can sense the details easily. Dogs have a keen sense of smell and that is why they are used to sniff out drugs at airports. I would say that I have a keen ear, because I can usually tell where a person’s accent is from (even when that person doesn’t think they have an accent!)
Some other ways to use “keen” is to mean that you are enthusiastic and really want to do something or want something to happen. For example, when you meet someone, you might exchange contact information because you are “keen to keep in touch”. Or perhaps you have a party or event to go to that you don’t really want to go to, then you might say, “I’m not keen on going.”
There are a few other ways to use “keen”, do you know what they are? If not, this would be a good way to get some English study in, just a few minutes on your Smartphone or computer and you can add to your English repertoire!