which is the natural way to refer to the "young generation" (ex: now its the "millennial generation") in a derogatory way:
若連中 // don't say the い

Maybe say something like:

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    What are you trying to say by やつらんじゃない ?
    – chocolate
    Commented Dec 14, 2019 at 9:26
  • @Chocolate I think "やつ" is slang for "that guy". "ら" is a slang to make a noun plural. So, "やつら" is "those bunch of guys" (but slang)? I tried to say "A is B". "The young generation is a bunch of no goods, don't you think?." "んじゃない" The reasons "A is B" were young generation does not respect the tradition of "age-base promotion", "love of one's employer", "life-time employment", "sense of group togetherness among co-workers". Like going to lunch and senior employees pay for the meal. All those ideas helped rebuild Japan and influenced me to study Japanese. 今の若連中 don't know these customs?
    – user312440
    Commented Dec 15, 2019 at 4:10
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    @user312440 Did you possible mean なんじゃない?
    – Angelos
    Commented Dec 15, 2019 at 4:15
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    @user, Then わがままやつら should be わがままやつら (literally "selfish guys") cos わがまま is a na-adjective. 今の若連中 <-- We don't say 「若連中」. It should be 若い連中.
    – chocolate
    Commented Dec 15, 2019 at 9:08

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To be honest, none of the five words/phrases you listed sound derogatory. 「若{わか}い連中{れんちゅう}」 might to a very small extent, but the rest sounds just normal.

The real question, to me at least, is: "Should you really use a derogatory term to refer to a group of millions of people?" Not sure what the answer would be in your language and/or culture, but in Japanese culture, I can guarantee that that would be considered highly abnormal. It is not like using a derogatory term to refer to a group of several that you personally know.

I would stick with 「若い連中」 myself. If, however, you still want to know some derogatory terms for future reference, then we have:

  • 「若造{わかぞう}」

  • 「青二才{あおにさい}」

  • 「(くそ)ガキ」

  • 「ひよっこ」

  • 「鼻{はな}たれ小僧{こぞう}」

Somebody stop me!

  • 「鼻たれ小僧」…もしかして「snot-nosed brat」の翻訳借用でしょうか?
    – Angelos
    Commented Dec 15, 2019 at 1:38
  • Don't worry. It is only for a gag. For it to work, the word needs to be "unexpected from a gaijin with poor Japanese" so thank you for all those words. Every おじいさん, regardless of nationality, likes to rip on the younger generation. Or maybe 年配者 is derogatory than おじいさん. anyway...definitely not 年増
    – user312440
    Commented Dec 15, 2019 at 4:38

use 若者 is even formal and can hear from news. Add 連中 is a derogatory way, like old people hating young lol.I've never heard 若連中 in Japan¯_(ツ)_/¯ so ''若い連中'' is suitable to that conversion.

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