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!)
iie
いいえ
no
zabuton
ざぶとん
floor seat cushion
yakizakana
やきざかな
grilled or smoked fish
katakana
カタカナ
angular syllable symbols for names and foreign words
nii
にい
brother
oji-san
おじさん
uncle
kami
かみ
hair
shichi
しち
seven
ko-hi-
コーヒー
coffee
ja ne
じゃね
Bye.
oyasumi nasai
おやすみなさい
time to sleep
sumimasen
すみません
excuse me
doumo arigatou
どうもありがとう
thank you very much (quite polite)
watashi
わたし
I / me / myself
deshou
でしょう
probably
onegai shimasu
おねがいします
Please do me a favor.
kyu
きゅ
nine
gomen ne
ごめんね
sorry
koneko
こねこ
kitten
hidari
ひだり
left
tadaima
ただいま
I'm home!
yama
やま
mountain
yoshi
よし
very well
okami-sama
おかみさま
god
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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