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!)
okaeri nasai
おかえりなさい
Welcome back!
ojii-san
おじいさん
grandfather
un
うん
yeah / okay / right
wakatta
わかった
understood
soba
そば
thin buckwheat noodles (soup or not)
san
さん
three
ganbatte ne
がんばってね
Do your best.
itadakimasu
いただきます
Thanks for this feast.
anata
あなた
you
hashi
はし
chopsticks
sou desu
そうです
yes it is
kawaii
かわいい
cute
hentai
へんたい
pervert
sore wa chotto muzukashii
それはちょっとむずかしい
That is a little difficult. (No way!)
onii-san
おにいさん
big brother
watashi
わたし
I / me / myself
oba-san
おばさん
aunt
hidari
ひだり
left
hanabi
はなび
fireworks ("flower fire")
nana
なな
seven
mune
むね
chest
onee-chan
おねえちゃん
big sister (childish)
mizu
みず
water
moshi-moshi
もしもし
phone greeting
yume
ゆめ
dream

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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