~てんの?

Let's get weird.

Check out this sentence:

おい!聞いてんの?!
おい! きいてん の ?!
Hey! Are you listening?!
Literally: "hey! + are listening + の?!"



This sentence is nice and rude... or rather, angry-sounding. So, don't use it when having tea with the emperor... or just about ever, to be honest.

You'll hear this kind of language, though, particularly in TV shows.

おい! is a phrase meaning something like "Hey!" It's pretty versatile and is used when getting someone's attention. It's not appropriate for most formal situations, though.


Look at this progression of sentences, which starts with a somewhat casual question and becomes more and more casual:

(Note: I'm not writing the kana breakdowns, but remember that 聞いて is pronounced きいて.)

聞いているの?
↓ ↓ ↓
聞いてるの?
↓ ↓ ↓
聞いてんの?




It took me several years to figure out that ~ているの?is ~てんの?

Why didn't anyone teach me?!

Anyway, now you know.

 A: 
何やってんの?
なに やってん の?
What're you doin'?
Literally: "what + are doing + の?"



 B: 
別に。
べつに。
Nothin'.
Literally: "not especially / not particularly."




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