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!)
ramen
らめん
thin white noodles, usually in soup
tempura
てんぷら
battered veggies or shrimp
wakarimasu
わかります
understand
nee
ねえ
sister
shikata ga nai
しかたがない
It can't be helped.
okami-sama
おかみさま
god
oyasumi
おやすみ
time to sleep
korokke
コロッケ
potato croquettes
katsu
かつ
breaded cutlet
roku
ろく
six
tou-san
とうさん
father
otouto
おとうと
younger brother
wakatta
わかった
understood
katakana
カタカナ
angular syllable symbols for names and foreign words
hanabi
はなび
fireworks ("flower fire")
yama
やま
mountain
zabuton
ざぶとん
floor seat cushion
gomen ne
ごめんね
sorry
hitori
ひとり
alone / single person
ogenki desu
おげんきです
I am well.
ano
あの
um
ojii-san
おじいさん
grandfather
mina-san
みなさん
everyone (polite)
pan
パン
bread
iie
いいえ
no

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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