Anime Vocabulary Bingo

"Anime" (アニメ) is the Japanese word for any sort of animated works, but in America, the word is used to refer to Japanese animated works.

Watching Japanese movies, including anime, is a good way to begin developing a vocabulary of phrases and idioms. The typical progression seems to be something like this:

Of course, most anime dialogue wouldn't encourage proper grammar, but when combined with more formal education methods, it can be fun to learn a few things that aren't in the curriculum. Just remember to confirm a few things before you assume that people really talk that way!


Here's a fun game to play while watching your favorite anime. It's just like that "travel bingo" game where you spot various road objects and mark your board. This time, it's listening for common Japanese phrases and idioms. (Or seeing certain traditional foods!)
kyu
きゅ
nine
onsen
おんせん
hot spring spa
gomen nasai
ごめんなさい
sorry (polite)
ohayou gozaimasu
おはようございます
good morning (polite)
hidari
ひだり
left
oba-san
おばさん
aunt
deshou
でしょう
probably
zabuton
ざぶとん
floor seat cushion
soba
そば
thin buckwheat noodles (soup or not)
yakizakana
やきざかな
grilled or smoked fish
futon
ふとん
stuffed bedding
otouto
おとうと
younger brother
tou-san
とうさん
father
hana
はな
flower
mizu
みず
water
onigiri
おにぎり
large hand-rolled rice ball with filling
sofu
そふ
grandfather
watashi
わたし
I / me / myself
pan
パン
bread
oi!
おい!
Hey!
atashi
あたし
I / me (feminine)
ocha
おちゃ
tea
hikari
ひかり
light
wasabi
わさび
spicy radish paste
nan ya te!
なんやて!
what the heck?!

This works better for subbed works, so you can hear the Japanese voice track. Even if you listen in English, you'll probably notice how certain phrases are much more common in Japanese culture than in American.


I am just an early student in Japanese language, so please send me comments or corrections on my study aids!



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