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!)
dochira ka
どちらか
which one of the two
odaiji ni
おだいじに
Take care.
hitori
ひとり
alone / single person
tonkatsu
とんかつ
breaded pork cutlet
hikari
ひかり
light
shouyu
しょうゆ
soy sauce
sore wa chotto muzukashii
それはちょっとむずかしい
That is a little difficult. (No way!)
okami-sama
おかみさま
god
oni
おに
demon
me

eye
shi

four
nan desu ka
なんですか
what is that?
hanabi
はなび
fireworks ("flower fire")
go-kuro-sama de
ごくろさまで
Thank you for the hard work.
nigirizushi
にぎりずし
foods on hand-formed sushi rice balls
nii
にい
brother
yoroshiku onegai shimasu
よろしくおねがいします
I leave it in your hands. (Fine, whatever.)
demo
でも
but
udon
うどん
thick white noodles (soup or not)
neko
ねこ
cat
iie
いいえ
no
korokke
コロッケ
potato croquettes
nori
のり
green sea-plant wrapping
koneko
こねこ
kitten
hidari
ひだり
left

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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