I have difficulty translating the phrase アンニュイに言われても: it seems to me that breaking them into pieces that I can use dictionary feels off. Google translate often does better when it is given a full sentence, and I think it is almost correct, but I would like to see if there is better way to do this.

The conversation started off like this:

A: B, アイス食べたくない?
B: …そんなアンニュイに言われても…
A:  え?食べたくない?
B: だから!!
A:  私は食べたいよ?
B: 食べればいいじゃない!
A:  でも冷凍庫にアイスないもん
B: じゃあ、我慢しよーよ…

The closest I could find is "even if you say so", which I used Google translate plus personal interpretation. But if I break it into pieces, the first phrase means "ennui" which is closer to boredom (which matches the context, when A said she suggested she wants ice cream out of a sudden), but it does not fit the sentence literally.

The source is from a manga I read, for reference it's chapter 59 of 兄の嫁と暮らしています。

EDIT: I seemed to have missed に in the middle of the phrase, which is now corrected.

  • It looks like we're possibly lacking context from before A suggests getting ice cream. Please provide source if you can and what you have found アンニュイ to mean.
    – BJCUAI
    Apr 12 '19 at 0:47
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    It looks like 'ennui', but I can't possibly understand what that word would be doing here.
    – Angelos
    Apr 12 '19 at 0:49
  • @BJCUAI I have added some details. Unfortunately, from the source, the conversation literally started that way, which is not really out of context in my opinion.
    – Everiana
    Apr 12 '19 at 0:59
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    – naruto
    Apr 12 '19 at 1:32
  • @Everiana That manga seems to be listed as diary entries, rather than chapters, with 'Diary.57' being the latest release. Do you have an advance copy or am I missing something?
    – BJCUAI
    Apr 12 '19 at 1:44

The original text is アンニュイ言われても. It's "say it in an アンニュイ way" rather than "say アンニュイ".

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アンニュイに (from French ennui) in this context means "lacking energy", "without passion", "listlessly", "as if you were uninterested/bored", "drowsily", etc.

At least in Japanese, アンニュイ sometimes has a positive connotation. アンニュイな魅力を持つ人 or アンニュイな雰囲気の人 can refer to an attractive person because of their coolness or expressionlessness. See this article for example.

  • That clears it up, thanks. Sorry for the typo :O
    – Everiana
    Apr 13 '19 at 0:50

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