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!)
udon
うどん
thick white noodles (soup or not)
omoide
おもいで
memory
kawaii
かわいい
cute
douitashimashite
どういたしまして
You're welcome.
doumo arigatou
どうもありがとう
thank you very much (quite polite)
mori
もり
forest
oba-san
おばさん
aunt
futari
ふたり
together / two people
yume
ゆめ
dream
koneko
こねこ
kitten
onsen
おんせん
hot spring spa
tempura
てんぷら
battered veggies or shrimp
san
さん
three
nan desu ka
なんですか
what is that?
niku
にく
meat
hentai
へんたい
pervert
shi

four
yokatta
よかった
I'm glad / relieved!
migi
みぎ
right
okage-sama de
おかげさまで
Thanks for asking.
nee
ねえ
sister
iie
いいえ
no
wasabi
わさび
spicy radish paste
hachi
はち
eight
futon
ふとん
stuffed bedding

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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