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!)
ohayou gozaimasu
おはようございます
good morning (polite)
ryokan
りょかん
traditional inn
futon
ふとん
stuffed bedding
mizu
みず
water
yume
ゆめ
dream
zuibun
ずいぶん
very
ohayou
おはよう
good morning
dochira ka
どちらか
which one of the two
okaeri nasai
おかえりなさい
Welcome back!
okonomiyaki
おこのみやき
versatile breakfast food ("as you like it")
onsen
おんせん
hot spring spa
san
さん
three
hajimemashite
はじめまして
How do you do?
obaa-san
おばあさん
grandmother
hidari
ひだり
left
dochira demo
どちらでも
either one of the two
sumimasen
すみません
excuse me
demo
でも
but
go-shimpai naku
ごしんぱいなく
Don't worry about it.
oi!
おい!
Hey!
okage-sama de
おかげさまで
Thanks for asking.
tempura
てんぷら
battered veggies or shrimp
tonkatsu
とんかつ
breaded pork cutlet
tadaima
ただいま
I'm home!
onegai shimasu
おねがいします
Please do me a favor.

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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