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!)
sobo
そぼ
grandmother
go-shimpai naku
ごしんぱいなく
Don't worry about it.
gomen ne
ごめんね
sorry
hana
はな
flower
nan ya te!
なんやて!
what the heck?!
doumo
どうも
thanks
yubi
ゆび
finger
mimi
みみ
ear
wakarimasu
わかります
understand
are
あれ
um
konnichiwa
こんにちは
good day
oni
おに
demon
ju
じゅ
ten
onsen
おんせん
hot spring spa
egao
えがお
smiling face / smile
wasabi
わさび
spicy radish paste
shichi
しち
seven
yon
よん
four
dochira ka
どちらか
which one of the two
nori
のり
green sea-plant wrapping
nana
なな
seven
onii-san
おにいさん
big brother
kawa
かわ
river
kawaii
かわいい
cute
tonkatsu
とんかつ
breaded pork cutlet

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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