Sorry, I am new at learning Japanese and I am trying my best to figure things out from word-by-word translations... but sometimes it's hard to piece together with just the internet.

I was reading a blog wherein this guy drew a new character. This is what he wrote under it:

以外にカワイイかもラブラブ 自分の人生なんていうもんに使ってるんだ...(;´д`)トホホ…

I am not entirely sure what the second sentence really means? What does "mon" mean? And I sort of get the first sentence, saying that it's other than 'kawaii' but what does kamo mean? is it short for something?

Thank you for your help in advance!

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    – user1016
    Jun 27 '14 at 4:16
  • ていうもん = というもの でしょう?
    – virmaior
    Jun 27 '14 at 4:37
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    @virmaior はい。もう少し口語的でない文章に変えると、「自分の人生を、なんというものに使っているんだ」という感じになると思います。
    – user1016
    Jun 27 '14 at 4:50

もん = a colloquial version of もの

in this case, this is in the expression というもの

かも = a colloquial version of かもしれない

it means "probably" and is a construction often used to soften what one says before.

  • I am oddly relieved that this had nothing to do with gates and ducks. :) Jun 27 '14 at 5:32
  • Thank you for your help! I still don't understand how the sentence translates over though. Could you please help me with that? Thank you! Jun 27 '14 at 7:18
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    @trentboyett Sorry but translation requests are off-topic on this site. Your sentences can be rewritten as 「[意外]{いがい}に[可愛]{かわい}いかもしれない。ラブラブ。(私は、)自分の人生を、[何]{なん}という[物]{もの}に使っているんだろう?トホホ。」 If you need further support please feel free to visit our chat room, where translation requests are on-topic and it'd be much easier to communicate :)
    – user1016
    Jun 27 '14 at 10:38
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    @trentboyett To further clarify, translation requests are off-topic but if you show a genuine effort and an attempt to translate, they are ok.
    – Szymon
    Jun 27 '14 at 11:10
  • I don't know much Japanese... just starting so it'd be hard for me to try to translate based on what I know. From what I know so far, it wouldn't make any sense. Thanks for the heads up. Jun 27 '14 at 20:53

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