When you send messages to your friends through LINE and get a reply from them, you will see two Kanjis right next to your message.
Does it mean read??
You’re right! 既読(きどく) means already read your messages.
既読(きどく) = Already read.
既(き) = already, previsously
読(どく) = read
In a conversation, do you say “既読(きどく)する？”
Yes, both “既読(きどく)する” and “既読(きどく)を付(つ)ける” are fine.
Do you use this word only for LINE?
No. You can use this word for social media messages like Instagram and messenger.
The example sentences below will make you understand better.
I have read (someone’s messages.)
I marked as read on his LINE message.
I do not want to mark as read on LINE messages from my friends.
I accidentally marked it as read on the message.
There is a way to check LINE messages without marking them as read.
She left me on read.
既読(きどく)スルー means “leaving someone on read”.
This word is Japanese slang that is frequently used in daily conversations. I will explain this phrase in the next blog.