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Japanese Terms

Here are a list of a few terms in Japanese.  For those of you who enjoy watching the occasional anime or drama, I'm sure you've heard some of these before.

These are not thoroughly explained, but at some point in the future, you will get to see some of these explained in more detail in the posts.


NOTE: A letter with a line above it, such as ā, is really 'aa.'  It means that the letter is longer, so you have to draw out the letter.  Example: obā-san would be pronounced obaa-san (grandmother); it's important to draw out the letter in Japanese because they have another word that's similar without the drawn out a, oba-san, which actually means middle-aged woman, or aunt.
The letter o with the line above it, ō, actually means 'ou.'  It's a drawn out o, such as arigatō (arigatou).  When writing the word in hiragana, they would actually write it with the 'u' at the end: ありがとう (a-ri-ga-to-u).


  • anata, kimi - you (kimi is formal and usually masculine, anata is informal)
  • anata-tachi, kimi-tachi - you (plural, but literally means you and everyone else with you)
  • anō - umm
  • ara - oh
  • arigatō - thank you (informal)
  • arigatō gozaimasu/gozaimashita - thank you very much (formal) (gozaimashita is past tense)
  • baka - stupid [(person's name) no baka! - Idiot! (Example: Smith no baka!)]
  • boku, ore - I (masculine versions; boku usually for younger boys and to be humble; ore for men and it's less humble)
  • chikushō - closest Japanese equivalent to sh*t
  • Counting in Japanese - ichi, ni san, yon/shi (both are acceptable), go, roku, shichi/nana, hachi, kyū/kū, jū, jūichi, etc.
  • da - informal form of desu
  • daijobu ka - are you okay (if you leave ou the ka, then it means "I'm alright")
  • datta - past tense of da
  • demo - but
  • deshita - past tense of desu
  • desu - the polite form of the 'be' verb (such as "Watashi wa Smith desu" means "I'm Smith")
  • doko - where
  • dōmo - thanks (informal)
  • dōmo arigatō - thank you (formal)
  • dōmo arigatō gozaimasu/gozaimashita - thank you very much (very formal) (gozaimashita is past tense)
  • dōshite - why
  • e - to (as in "Tōkyō e ikimasu" means "(We're) going to Tokyo")
  • ei-go - English
  • fuku - clothes or uniform
  • ganbatte (kudasai) - good luck (kudasai at the end is a form of saying please)
  • gomen - sorry
  • hai - yes
  • hayaku - hurry
  • iie - no
  • ikura - how much
  • itai - ouch
  • itsu - when
  • iya - no (to an action, example "no, don't do that")
  • ja ne - good bye
  • kakkoi - cool
  • kawaii - cute
  • kisama - a very rough way to say "you", almost like saying "you b*tch" or something similar
  • konnichiwa - hello
  • mi(n)na - everybody/everyone (could also have a title at the end: minna-san) (NOTE: Can be said with a short n, or with a long n)
  • ne - hey (could also be used with words such as gomen ne, matta ne, ja ne, etc.)
  • ni - same as e, or could mean the number '2'
  • nihon (nippon) - Japan (add -go to the end and it means 'Japanese language'; add -jin and it means 'Japanese person')
  • no da - it means "you know" (it can also be added to the end of a sentence to mean something that should obvious)
  • no - of
  • ohayō - good morning (informal)
  • ohayō gozaimasu - good morning (formal)
  • okā-san - mother
  • onee - older sister (usually has a title at the end: onee-chan)
  • onegai(shimasu) - please (adding the shimasu means "please do this")
  • onii - older brother (usually has a title at the end: onii-chan)
  • onore - same as kisama, rough way of saying "you"
  • otō-san - father
  • sensei - teacher (can be used for anyone who has an honorable or respectable profession, such as a doctor; also is a title)
  • shimatta - darn it
  • sugoi - cool
  • suteki - cool
  • urusai - shut up
  • watashi, atashi, watakushi - I (watashi is a neutral way of saying I, but used mainly by females; atashi is an informal feminine way of saying 'I' and watakushi is a formal way of saying 'I')
  • watashi-tachi (boku-tachi, ore-tachi) - we (literally "myself and everyone else") (-tachi is a way to make words plural)
  • yo - an emphasizer in the feminine form (example is "daijobu desu yo" meaning approx. "it's definitely alright")
  • yogata - I'm glad
  • yursenai - I will not forgive you