■ 眠い /nemui/ means sleepy, and 疲れた /tsukareta/ means (physically) tired
Although not true for all English speakers, a typical thing to say before going to bed is, "I am tired." Along with tired, words like beat, exhausted and worn out are typical after physical exertion.
In Japanese, 眠い is used when you want/need sleep. In the morning, the word normally used is 眠い、although 疲れた might be used if your body was still worn out despite a night of sleep.
眠たい /nemutai/ has the same meaning as 眠い。
After a work-out or other physical exertion, if you are beat, the word 疲れた is used. In 関西 /kansai/ and other regions, the word しんどい /shindoi/ is more common than 疲れた。
This entry was created by Benjamin Barrett.
Created 2000-07-24. Revised 2000-08-01 by BB with contributions from Paul Flint and Jim Lockhart.