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!)
tempura
てんぷら
battered veggies or shrimp
gomen nasai
ごめんなさい
sorry (polite)
kyu
きゅ
nine
mune
むね
chest
ojii-san
おじいさん
grandfather
oyasumi nasai
おやすみなさい
time to sleep
kangaete okimasu
かんがえておきます
I will think about it. (No thanks.)
ju
じゅ
ten
nana
なな
seven
doumo arigatou
どうもありがとう
thank you very much (quite polite)
hidari
ひだり
left
atashi
あたし
I / me (feminine)
wakarimasu
わかります
understand
ohayou gozaimasu
おはようございます
good morning (polite)
neko
ねこ
cat
hikari
ひかり
light
doumo
どうも
thanks
gomen ne
ごめんね
sorry
sore wa chotto muzukashii
それはちょっとむずかしい
That is a little difficult. (No way!)
dochira ka
どちらか
which one of the two
udon
うどん
thick white noodles (soup or not)
hachi
はち
eight
shichi
しち
seven
sushi
すし
foods combined with vinegar rice
ryokan
りょかん
traditional inn

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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