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!)
okage-sama de
おかげさまで
Thanks for asking.
kawa
かわ
river
pan
パン
bread
nan desu ka
なんですか
what is that?
me

eye
okami-sama
おかみさま
god
hikari
ひかり
light
sashimi
さしみ
raw fish meat
otouto
おとうと
younger brother
sou desu ka
そうですか
is that so?
kanashii
かなしい
sad
yume
ゆめ
dream
mizu
みず
water
watashi
わたし
I / me / myself
imouto
いもうと
younger sister
wakarimasu
わかります
understand
jaa mata
じゃあまた
See you later.
go

five
ocha
おちゃ
tea
hai
はい
yes
mimi
みみ
ear
nee
ねえ
sister
sou desu
そうです
yes it is
ano
あの
um
itadakimasu
いただきます
Thanks for this feast.

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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