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!)
shikata ga nai
しかたがない
It can't be helped.
tou-san
とうさん
father
wakarimasu
わかります
understand
are
あれ
um
wakatta
わかった
understood
sou desu ka
そうですか
is that so?
ramen
らめん
thin white noodles, usually in soup
un
うん
yeah / okay / right
atama
あたま
head
ashi
あし
leg / foot
minna
みんな
everyone
yokatta
よかった
I'm glad / relieved!
ryokan
りょかん
traditional inn
inu
いぬ
dog
yoshi
よし
very well
udon
うどん
thick white noodles (soup or not)
koneko
こねこ
kitten
sore wa chotto muzukashii
それはちょっとむずかしい
That is a little difficult. (No way!)
ni

two
watashi
わたし
I / me / myself
egao
えがお
smiling face / smile
onegai shimasu
おねがいします
Please do me a favor.
doumo arigatou
どうもありがとう
thank you very much (quite polite)
hanabi
はなび
fireworks ("flower fire")
itadakimasu
いただきます
Thanks for this feast.

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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