Japanese Vocabulary
 
スティーブ  トンプソン  -  "su te i bu   to n pu so n" - Steve Thompson
     Japanese      English
(x) wa Nihongo de nan to iimasu ka How do you say (x) in Japanese?
aa oh
ahso, or ahso desu I see
Akubi ga demasu Yawn is coming up
anata you
Anata wa gakusei desu ka Are you a student?
anoo excuse me (getting attention)
aoi blue
apato apartment
ari ant
arigato thank you
Arigato gozaimashita Thank you (past tense)
Arigato gozaimasu Thank you (present tense)
asahi morning sun, rising sun
ashita tomorrow
atsui hot
baka fool, idiot, worthless, absurd, ridiculous...
biiru beer
boumeisha exile
buta pig
chan (-chan) Used when addressing small children
chichi father
chotto little
Chotto matte kudasai Please wait a moment
Chugokujin Chinese person
dai very much, big, large
dai suki Like very much. "Suki desu ka" - do you like?
daikon white horseradish
desu corresponds to the English verb to be (am, are, is, etc)
Dewa mata kono tsugi See you next time
dobokugishi civil engineer
domo very much
Domo arigato gozaimasu thank you very much
Doo itashimashite My pleasure. You are welcome
doomo Very much. "Totemo" - very much
doozo please
Doozo yoroshiku Please regard me favorably. Nice to meet you.
ebi shrimp
Ee yes
Ee, genki desu ka Yes, I am fine. "Ee, okagesame de genki desu" - yes, thanks to you I'm fine
Ee, soo desu ne Yes, it is
eigo English language
eisai talented person
enjinia engineer
ereki-gita electric guitar
gita Guitar. "Ereki-gita" - electric guitar. "Gitarisuto" - guitarist
gitarisuto guitarist
Gochisousama Thanks for the food, after the fact
gogo afternoon
gyogisaho good manners, etiquette
hai yes, here (roll call)
Hai, soo desu Yes, that's right
hajimemashite glad to meet you ("it's the first time we meet")
hana flower
hashi chopsticks
hidoi Bad. Warui - bad
hikkake trick (as in "play a trick onÖ)
Hiragana Japanese script. Simplified Kanji. Phonetic. Cursive. For words of Japanese origin.
hiraku open. "Oppira na" - open
hito man
hon book
hora look
ichiban the first, the best
Ii otenki desu ne It's fine weather, isnít it? (answer: Ee, soo desu ne - yes, it is)
iie no thank you
ippai to be full
Irasshaimase welcome, come on in
Itadakimasu Thanks for this food (about to be consumed)
Itte kudasai Please say it
Ja mata (ja or dewa) See you later. Ja - see you
jakkunaifu jack knife
janarisuto journalist
jodan joke
kaiseki multi-course tasting meal
kaku to write
Kanji Chinese characters (ideograms / pictograms)
Kanpai! Cheers!
kara empty
kariru borrow, rent.  Use someone's telephone, restroom, etc.
kasa umbrella
kashi oak, lyrics, confection / cake, Fahrenheit
kashikoi wise, clever, intelligent
Katakana Japanese script. Simplified Kanji. Phonetic. Lines. For loan words.
katazukeru tidy up, put things in order
kawatta unusal
kazan volcano
keitai denwa cell phone
kekko desu no thank you
kiku to hear, to listen
kiku chrysanthemum
kimi no warui weird
kirei beautiful
Kochirakoso I should thank you
konban tonight
konban wa good evening
kongo from now on
konnichi today
Konnichi wa Good afternoon
konpyuta computer
konpyuta kagaku computer science
kore this (object)
Kore watashi no meeshi desu This is my name card
kosho pepper
koso plan, blueprint, concept
koso o tateru make a plan or outline
koso-koso suru behave sneakily
kubi neck
kudasai please ("ocha kudasai" - tea please)
kun (-kun) Used when addressing friends and minors (informal)
kurasu class
kushami sneez
kyoshi teacher
Mandarin chugokugo (Chinese language)
manga cartoon/comic strip character
matcha powdered green tea
meeshi name card
Michio oshiete kudasai Please show me the way
mimasu I see
mimsshita I saw
Mo ichido itte kudasai Please say it again
mo ippai another glass
mo ippon another bottle
mochiron Of course. Sure!
Moichido Once more
mono person
moshi-moshi hello (telephone), excuse me (to get attention)
mottainai wastefulness
muchi na ignorant
nee Right? Isn't that so?
Nihon Japan. "Nippon" - Japan
Nihon jin desu ka Are you Japanese?
Nihon ryouri Japanese food
Nihongo Japanese language
Nihongo no kurasu Japanese language class
Nihonjin Japanese person
ocha tea
ocha ippai cup of tea
ocha kudasai tea please
Ogenki desu ka How are you?
Ohayo gozaimasu. good morning
Ohayoo gozaimasu, sonkei chichi Good morning respected father
Ohisashiburi desu ne I have not seen you for a long time
O-ikura desu ka The bill please - how much is it?
oishi delicious
Oishikatta gochisoo sama deshita This was a very good meal
oishiso mouth-watering
Okagesama de genki desu Thanks to you, I'm fine
Okaikei onegaishimasu Bill please
O-kanjoo onegai shimas The bill please - how much is it?
oka-san mother
Onamae wa nan desu ka What is your name?
onanae wa Your name? May I have your name?
ongakuka muscian
ongaky music
oppira na Open. "Hiraku" - open
origami paper folding
o-sake Rice wine. Alcoholic drink.
osakinidozo after you
osameru pay a bill, pay for merchandise, put away
oshieru teach, show, tell
osore irimasu I am sorry
Oyasumi nasai Good night
oyogi swimming
oyogu to swim
ramen Chinese style noodles in brooth
Rooma-ji Roman letters
sakana fish
san Mr., Mrs., or Ms.
Sankyuu thank you
sara dish
sashimi sliced raw fish
sashin picture, drawing
sayoonara good-bye (with a level of finality)
sensei teacher, master
Shibaraku desu ne I have not seen you for a long time (informal)
shinga religious believer
shinjitsu fact, truth
shinsoko kara from the bottom of one's heart
Shitsumon go arimasu I have a question
Shitsuree shimashita I'm sorry ("I committed a rudeness")
Shitsuree shimasu Good bye ("excuse me")
shusshin birth place, hometown
soba buckwheat noodles
Sodesu ka Really?
sofutowea Software. Sofutowea Tesuto Enjinia - Software Test Engineer
sonkei respect
Soo desu nee Well, let me see
Soo desu That's right
suga-sugashii refreshing
suki fondness, like
Suki desu ka Do you like?
sumimasen Excuse me. I am sorry. Also used to get attention ("anoo" is also used).
syashinka photographer
tanjobi birthday
tatami straw mat
tesuto test
tokiniwa sometimes
tomodachi friend
tora tiger
tori blind
totemo very
totemo kirei very beautiful
toyo Orient, East
toyojin Oriental person
tsukiyo moonlit night
tsunami tidal wave
udon Japanese noodles.  Sara udon
ueta hungry (as in poor)
uwagi jacket
wakai Young person. Wakamono - young person
wakamono young person
wakari understanding
Wakarimasen I don't understand
Wakarimashita I understood
warui Bad.  Hidoi - bad
wasureru Forget. "Watashi wasureru" - I forget
watashi I
watashi no my
watashi wa buta I am a pig
watashitachi we
ya hi
yaban na barbarous, uncivilized
yado lodging, hotel
yagu futon, bedding
yakusu translate
Yamato ancient name of Japan
yoi good
yuki snow
hi uchi ishi Lighter (fire + hit + stone)