Learn Japanese aa, ee, un, saa = yes (informal) abayo = casual goodbye, kind of like "see you" abunai = dangerous, threatening

aburi = fried tofu ahou = moron ai = love aisatsu ni = to greet, say hello to aishiteru = I love you (romantic love) aisuru = love, sweetheart, beloved akari = light aku = evil, wicked, bad, etc. ana-ki = respectful word for "sister" ane-ue = respectful word for "older sister" ani-ue = respectful word for "older brother" ano hi = "this day" ano hito = literally "that person", exact meaning varies according to context ano toki = back there, back then, at that time, etc. anou = "well..." ara/are = oh, or "huh?"; "Ara" is used by women, "Are" by men. arigatou gozaimasu = thank you very much (arigatou = thanks, thank you) arimasen/imasen = isn't ("arimashita" = was, were) asagohan = breakfast; often shortened to "gohan" atama = head B baka = idiot, fool, etc. (all-purpose insult) bakaga = impossible bakemono = monster bangohan = dinner; evening meal bento = a box lunch betsu ni = a multi-purpose negative phrase, usually translated as "nothing" or " not really" bishonen = pretty-boy(I prefer it as that anyways)/ beatiful boy (sometimes actu ally translated as "pretty"; the word itself is a combination of "bi" = beautifu l and "shounen" = boy. Same thing goes for bishoujo) bishoujo = beautiful girl bouzu = kid budo = a set of goals/morals for martial artists; one use seems to be a philosop hy that goes with your particular style, such as "protect the weak" or "revitali ze people" or something of that sort. bushido = the "warrior's code", or code of honor among samurai. busu = ugly girl (an insult) C chibi = little chichi-oya = formal, respectful word for "father" chikyuu = Earth (as in the planet) chigau = different (can also be used as "no" as in "no, it's something different " or "that's wrong") chisana = small (as in "small in size") chotto matte = "wait a minute!" ("matte" = wait, "chotto" = for a short time) clothing nouns: kimono, yukata (summer kimono), obi (sash), haori (coat), hanten (jacket), hakama (skirt pants), tabi (split-toed socks), gi (short men's kimono ), zori (sandals for kimono), geta (wooden sandals), manto (cloak) D

mysterious. be well. this is a short version of the full (i. "dou da?" is "how about it?" E eeto. etc. mostly as a polite tag. Only H imura Kenshin of Rurouni Kenshin uses this. etc."Well.". these people were the next rank above samurai in Japan's f uedal era and were the major landowners... shimatta (all meaning darn. daisho = traditional pair of swords carried by samurai. but cool^^ desu = this has many uses in speech.. etc. etc.. archaic form o f the polite "de gozaimasu" and would almost be like someone walking up to you a nd saying stuff like "thou art" and other Shakespearan-era English. kuso. = like saying "um. that sort of thing expletives: mou. che. wonder.". consisting of a katana ( long sword) and wakizashi (short sword) daisuki desu/da = I love you. but you would never use it in regular converstion. dakara = so. This has more emphasis than "suki desu/da" which m eans "I love you/I like you" (boyfriend/girlfriend type love.. also refers to a hea rtbeat doko = where domo = thank you.". very formal) version of "thank you very much" which is "domo arigatou gozaimasu" doozo = here you go. You know wha t it means."Now. chikuso. take care. "daisuki" can also describe your favorite things. "daijouka" is "are you okay?" daikon = large Japanese radish daimyo = fuedal lord. ("genki" literally means energy) gochisousama! = I'm finished! (with a meal) . crap. It's a very outdated. therefore damare = the command form of "be quiet".. It's derived from " de gozaimasu" and is somewhat less polite.. has various meanings including "Then. here you are (giving someone something) doushite = why/why not?/how come. G gaijin = refers to any foreigner gakkou = highschool gambatte ne! = do your best! genki da = cheer up. etc..e... I'm okay. ." etc. soft mattresses Japanese sleep on fushigi = mystery.." or "erm. not romantic marra ige-type love). demo/datte = but densetsu = legend.daga = however/but daijoubu = don't worry. Kenshin's just od d -_-.) F fuku = uniform fureru = touch furo = bath futon = the thin. often translates as "shut up!" or "sile nce!" dame = no (as in "don't do that!") dare = who de gozaru = a "polite phrase" that can be added to the ends of sentences. I'll be allright. dim sum = pork buns (a Chinese dish) do-iu koto da = "what do you mean?" dojo = school (as in a training hall) doki doki = a phrase meaning "sometimes/from time to time".. "doushita" can mean "what's wrong?" dou = how. legendary dewa = an interjection.

but this isn't always true in context. hanase = command form of "to release". account. energy (glare. the phrase "ii ne/na" means "it's all right" iie. one. eye hitotsu no = a part of something (a. It's an older honorific and seems to imply that the speaker is in the service of another person. ray) hime = princess himitsu = secret hito = man. they can be either respectful or insulting. -chan. iya = no iinazuke = fiancee ikari = fury ikenai = oh no! iku = "to go".) hitomi = to see. They are a way o f showing your status in relation to another person and so. the best. etc. There has been some debate amongst myself and others about the exact usage of "-dono" and it seems to be inconsistent from an ime to anime. ite = ouch. ow . ie = house ii = good. often translates as "release me!" or "let me go!" hanashi = as a noun it means "news. cruel hikari = light. hen = weird or strange henshin = transform or change hidoi = mean. so "hitokiri" literally means "Man-Slicer" or "ManSlayer". etc. its usage is just on a cas e-by-case basis.) honorifics: the Japanese "honorific" has no English equivalent. etc. hayaku = means "faster". nice. In any ev ent. here's to good food. person hitokiri = assassin ("hito"= man and "hito-kire" means "to slice". start. hajimemashite = I'm pleased to meet you hakubaikou = white plum (the scent and the flower) han = half.. favorite. They are used as suffi xes attached to the ends of words. -kun. -dono. the first time. honto = really ("honto desu ka" = "really?") houshi = priest I ichiban = first. In rank from highest res pect to lowest they are: -sama.gomen nasai = I'm sorry H haha-oya = respectful word for "mother" hai = yes hajime = beginning. examples are "hanbun" ("half of me" or "part of me") and "hanyou" (" half-demon"). depending on how the y are used. hence why it's an appropriate job title for an assassin . often you hear it as "ikuzo" meaning "let's go" ima = now imouto = younger sister inochi = life inu = dog irrashimase! = welcome! (used in restaurants to greet customers) itachi = weasel itadakimasu = let's eat!. gleam. -san. story". it actually seems to be equal in rank to "-san". etc. etc.. "Han" also refers to the cutting edge of a sword. It is also a form of t he verb "to talk". also translates as "hurry up" or "quickly" when used as a command.

dedication. yourself/himself/herself jikai = next time jinchuu = Earthly justice (is also sometimes translated as "revenge") jitsu wa = "actually. usually greater than 3 0 inches in length). zanbatou (giant sword used to cut down both horse and rider). bokken (wood en sword). "Joudan ja nai wa" is like "are you joking?" and such. kodachi (short sword between a wakizashi and katana in length). katana (generally 25-30 inches long). Janken. makes a word negative janken = the Japanese version of "rock. etc. it's also used to refer to a boyfriend kawaii/kawaiikune = cute/uncute kaze = wind keisatsu = police ken = sword. koibito = beloved. in kanji it reads "Heart of Sword" keredo/kedo = though. "Ken-ki" is used in Rurouni Kenshin in reference to sword s. and shinai (bamboo practice sword). constantly. Pon!" jibun = self.. kimochi = feeling. sakabatou (a fictional reverse-bladed sw ord). K kakatte iru = depend kakkoii! = "cool!" kami = some common meanings for this word are "spirit" ("Kamisama" is God). although. the phrase is "Janken. The sheath or scabbard for a swor d is called a "saya". it's mentioned a lot in martial arts anime. scissors". emotion. ever. pleasure kiotsukete = be careful kitsune = fox kirei = pretty. tanto (long dagger). etc. there are many words for sword according to their type (usually det ermined by length). kanojo = girlfriend kao = face kaoru = scent kare/kareshi = literally "he"." jou-chan = "little missy" joudan janai ="this is no joke!" or "you've got to be kidding!". Just "itsu" is "when" J ja ne/ja na = see you later/see you then ja matta/mattana = casual "goodbye" -janai/-nai = a suffix. feeling. etc. "kimasu" is a casual for m of the verb "to leave" istumo = always. "hai r" and "paper" kamiya = flower kanai = wife kanji = perception. lover. kenjutsu = swordsmanship kenkaku = swordsman kenshin = devotion. but ki/chi = the Asian concept of a life force or life spirit.. paper. lovely (can also be used as an affectionate nickname for someone ) kizu = wound (physical cut) kodomo = child koekeishiya = successor koishii. . sweetheart.itte kimasu = "I'm taking off!" or "I'm leaving now!" . Examples: wattou (long battle katana. and in Inuyasha "youki" is used to describe demon energy. kunai (short throwing knives). wakizashi (short swor d). Also refers to the Chinese characters used in Japan ese writing.

affair/matter kotowaru = decline (to refuse do something. faster and faster" but "mooto" doesn't mean "and". konbanwa = good evening koneko = kitten konnichiwa = hello. you'll hear it in various forms in anime. The v erb "kuru" which means "to come" is often used in a conjugated form which is "ko i!" meaning "come over here" or "come on". impossible. good afternoon kono = this. maa = "now. "O-namae wa" is standard-polite. afraid kudasai = please M maa. "Koi" is one of those Japanese homonym wor ds that has about a million different meanings. now" . machigainai = there's no mistake! (like when you recognize someone. what. means "no more" or "that's enough!" mune = the dull edge of a Japanese sword. often as the co mmand "answer me!" koto wa = thing. N na ha = a very impolite and abbreviated way to ask someone their name. not really. It also means "heart" musume = daughter or young woman (in Rurouni Kenshin "itachi musume" = "weasel g irl" or literally the daughter of a weasel) and can be an insult in context myuun = the sound a cat makes. often seen on formal kimono. it can't be. fear. jeez. An example is "hayaku. "oh for heaven's sake". cats also make a "nyaa nyaa" sound. if you want to be even more formal you would use "O-nama e wa nan to iimasu ka" or "O-namae wa nan to osshaimasu ka" (the latter is very polite ^^) nakanaide = don't cry ("nakanaide kudasai" = please don't cry) . etc. however it has many meanings I think kore wa = this is. etc. a phrase used to placate someone maa na = I guess maboroshi = means "illusion". such as fight) kowai = scared. General expression o f annoyance. figuratively it means "mystic" or "mystical".koi = love (also a kind of goldfish). that's korosu = kill kotaeru = "to answer". so you hear it everywhere. koko = here (koko wa = "where am I?") kokoro = heart. mooto hayaku" (a phrase from a "Spirited Away" image song) which means "faster. etc. miko = priestess minna = everyone miru = to see miso = Japanese soy-based soup mizu = water mochi = a Japanese dessert: rice dough (kind of marshmallow in texture) stuffed with ohagi (sweet bean paste) moko-dono = son-in-law mon = family crest. soul. means "clean and white" mattaku = sheesh. yeesh. mind. massushiro = a phrase. as in a dream or illusion constructed by someone. it's simply increasing the amount o f "hayaku" mori = forest moshi moshi = hello (on the phone) mou ii = a phrase. mononoke = vengeful spirit mooto = increases the amount of something. or verify in formation) mamoru = protect masaka = of course not. hayaku.

otaku = in Japan this words simply refers to a fan of anything. "Okaachan" is informal and is sort of like saying "mommy". tasty ojisan = uncle. often as a particle. in America it's come to describe an fan of anime specifically. In speech this word is almost always used with an honorific.nanda/nande = why. okari nasai = welcome home okashira = commander or boss okonomiyaki = Japanese "pizza" (it's similar to a pancake with sauce and other t oppings added) ohayou gozaimasu = good morning (just "ohayou" is like "morning!") ohisashiburi = it's been a long time or "long time no see" onna = woman onegai = please (the full version is "onegai-shimasu" when you're being really p olite. but also marks a possessive ( "Watashi no inu" would be "My dog" for instance) O obasan = aunt obaasan = grandmother. what. actually this is technically a dog comm and. to be polite you'd say oniisan) onigirii = rice ball onsen = hot spring ooji = prince osuwari = the command form of "to sit" . Just as with "obasan" it's important to note the differen ce in spelling. "Okaasan" is general respect (this is the usual form you hear). "Oka asama" is very respectful. obaba = great-grandmother or a fairly rude way of saying "old woman" obou = monk oden = a mixed stew ohagi = sweet bean paste oi = "hey!" oishii = delicious. if used like a command I've seen it translated as "I beg of you!") oneesan = older sister oni = ogre or demon oniichan = older brother (-chan is informal.. "nanda to" is an extreme version of "what". You hold the "i" sound longer when you want to say "grandfather" as opposed to "uncle". Th is is one such example. The Japanese have the h abit of sometimes referring to strangers or aquaintances with familial terms. ojiisan = grandfather. sort of lik e "WHAT?!" nandeste = what did you say? nani = what nani yatten no = what are you doing? nani-mo = nothing naruhodo = I see (as in "I understand") naze = why (an extreme why. It's important to note that this word is very different f rom "obasan" above (which only has one "a" in romanji or a short "a" sound in sp eech). or "mister" when used by a non-relative. The "a" sound in "obaasan" is held twice as long. nippon/nihongo = Japan/Japanese (language) nikuma = pork buns ningen = human nidoto = never (as in "I'll never do that again") no = serves several purposes. as in "why did you do that?!") ne = right (as in "correct") neko = cat nezumi = mouse or rat nibun = half nigeru = run nihon. okaa = mother.. .

just as with "okaa". To understand particles you need a Japanese grammar dicti onary. yo. as in your dad oyasumi nasai = good night P pacu = the sound a fish makes pan = bread particle: the Japanese "particle" refers to the short syllables (no. essentially someone who has studied or been there before you. na. etc.otoko = man otou = father. It also means "dragon". literally means "deep act" owari = "the end". etc. this word is almost always used w ith an honorific. "sessha mo". officially ab olished at the start of the Meji era (1868) sasuga ha = "nothing less from". ni. They als o serve a function similar to English preposition "filler" words such as: of. "Otousama" is very respectful. to. can also mean "hope" shinjitsu = truth shinpai = worry shogun = warlord shoji = the sliding rice paper doors in Japanese houses shounen = boy . ident ifying the subject of the sentence (first person pronouns are nearly always foll owed by a particle. "Otousan" is general respect (t his is the usual form you hear). ya. ha. combining "rounin" (masterless samurai) and "rurou" (vagabond).) sprinked in Japanese sentences. In speech. "Otouchan" is informal and is sort of like sayi ng "daddy". master senshi = soldier sempai = upperclassmen. piyo = the sound a bird makes R rei = soul rounin = masterless samurai rurouni = vagabond or wanderer (it's important to note that this word was made u p by the creator of Rurouni Kenshin. to. from. as in the end of a show or story oyaji = "old man". They most often serve as object markers. which is the verb "to die" shinji = believe. as when someone lives up to his/her reputation or does something cool that you expected sayounara = farewell (as in "goodbye forever" or for a long time) seiyuu = voice actor/actress sen = a breakdown of Japanese currency sensei. an d. S sakura = cherry blossom samurai = Japan's ancient warrior class (one step above peasants). shakkin = debt (money) shihondai = assistant master shikashi = however/but shinde = command form of "shinu". Examples would be "watashi no". wa. shishou = teacher. predecessor. otouto = younger brother otto = husband ougi = succession technique for a sword or martial arts school. The meaning and uses of particles are many and varied. the.). etc. mo. a sword style). It doesn't actually exist in the Japanese language) ryu = school or style (for example.

stood") of the verb "to stand up " which is "tatsu" tattaka = fight/battle tempura = deep-fried vegetables tenchuu = divine or Heavenly justice tenshi = angel to = means "and" when linking two words tori = bird. as in "he's strong" tsugi = next tsuki = moon (as in the satellite) tsuzuku = to be continued tsuyoi = strong. beat. essentially referring to a group of people (see n otes on pronoun use above).. "nani o suru?" = "what are you doing?" T tabun = probably taberu = to eat (verb) tachi = when added to things. actually) taousu = defeat (in battle) tasukete = help tataku = to hit. from Ruro uni Kenshin) tsubasa = wings tsuee = strong. and "sou" on its own can also mean "yes" so-yo = that's true. commander taisetsu na = important. some. few. now soshite = and sou ka = I see or "do I?" (the ka indicates a question) sou na = no. slightly. people" f or example).shoujo = girl sonna = such soo = so (the one word that's the same in Japanese and English) sore = that soredemo = however/but soro soro = soon. suhama = rice cake sukoshi = literally "to a small degree". Variations are "tatakau" (battle or fight) and "tatakai" (this is the command form of "to fight") tatami = the mats that cover Japanese floors tatta = conjugated form (it means "I/ You/ He. "sou sou" can mean "oh yeah". makes them plural ("hito-tachi" = "folk. that's right! (usually pronounced "soi-you") subete = all. etc. or knock. as in "no. I'm back. powerful U udon = a kind of Japanese noodle unmei = fate or destiny . also refers to a chicken (tori no atama = "chicken head". usual translations: a bit. cool!. Ore/Boku/Watashi-tachi all mean "we/our" and "Omeatachi" means "you guys". taichou = captain. beloved (to/of someone) tamago = egg tamashi = soul tanuki = raccoon (the Japanese raccoon dog. wow!. etc. everything sugoi! = awesome!. When used with first and second person pronouns -tachi can make wor ds that mean we/our and "you guys". slight. that can't be!" or "no way!" sou desu ne = yes it is. any sumanu/sumanai/sumimasen = I'm sorry (formal) suru = to do. tadaima = I'm home. little.

"I can't forgive this!".usagi = rabbit urasai! = "shut up!" or just "be quiet" ureshii = happy uso = lie W wai! = yay! wakaru/wakatta/wakarimashita = various commonly used forms of "to understand". ko. etc. can it be that you're?. ki. As a particle in Japa nese speech. "oh brother". yakisoba = pan-fried noodles ("soba" are buckwheat noodles) yakusoku = promise yamete/yamero = stop ("yamete" is feminine. I get it". means "I don't understand. etc. usually translates as "I'm so glad" or "thank goodness!" yoshi! = all right. "yo" adds emphasis to a word yokai = "roger!" yokatta = an expression of relief. Hiragana is the Japanese native script and consists of 46 basic characters. etc. etc. Kanji are often used for proper nouns (such as names and places) and a lso distinguish between homonyms (which are very common in Japanese). and can also be used as empahsis to make another word seem stronger. let's go. etc. and much of Japanese is written in them. although the exact exchange rate varies day by day yo = just as in English. Z zettai! = absolutely!. usally translated as: as I thought. . Hira gana is a syllabary rather than an alphabet (ka. Katakana is also 46 characters and has the same sounds as Hiragana. but is used primarily for writing foreign words and for emphasis (similar to the way we use bold or italic characters). Several systems e xists for transcribing Japanese words into English script. "Romanji" is the J apanese term for native words written in the English alphabet. wan = the sound a dog makes writing: The Japanese written system is very complicated and consists of three s eparate scripts that are used together: Hiragana. "yamero" is masculine) yare yare = oh well. Y yahari/yappari = literally "as expected". yatta! = he/she/I did it! yatto = finally yen = Japanese money. "Yurusu" means to forgive. etc. Katakana. the most common of wh ich is the Hepburn system.) so English wo rds cannot be neatly transcribed into Hiragana or vice versa. and Kanji. T here are literally thousands of different Kanji. I know. When talking to a person who is higher ranked than you (or if you just want to be very polite) you say "kashikom arimashita" wakaranai = negative form of the verb. etc. definitely! This phrase can be translated many ways actua lly. ju st as I suspected. you really are. Kanji are Chinese characters that have been adapted for the Japanese language. pardon. ku. this is a really casual greeting. t hey mean "I understand. I don't get it ". let's do it! youma/youkai = demon yowai = weak yume = dream yuurei = ghost yuki = snow yurusenai! = "I won't allow/permit it!".