205 Japanese Words you may start with your Japanese Language Learning

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I am also trying to learn Japanese so I can communicate with the locals when I travel to Japan. I did a survey with my friends and most of them agree that Japan is the top list for tourists. How nice would it be if you can communicate in Japanese. I started below cheat sheet with at least 205 Japanese words.

Englishjapanese
Bank employeeginkoo-in
nutritionisteiyooshi
company employeekaisha-in
company presidentshachoo
diplomatgaikookan
doctorisha
dentistha-isha
nursekangofu
embassy employeetaishikan-in
engineergishi
journalistjaanarisuto
driverutenshu
housewifeshufu
lawyerbengoshi
musicianongakuka
office workerjimu-in
operatorkookanshu
paintergaka
policemankeikan
public servantkoomu-in
businessmanbijinesuman
scholargakusha
studentgakusei
teachersensei
writersakka
secretaryhisho
tour guidekankoo gaido
security guardgaadoman
receptionistuketsukegakari
sales-clerkten-in
bookhon
desktsukue
pencilenpitsu
watch, clocktokei
windowmado
dictionaryjibiki
walletsaifu
wallkabe
curtainkaaten
doordoa
paperkami
chairisu
air conditionerkuuraa
bagkaban
handkerchiefhankachi
hotelhoteru
carkuruma
soapsekken
houseuchi, ie
hospitalbyooin
accountantkaikei-gakari
movieeiga
hobbyshumi
shoeskutsu
magazinezasshi
newspapershimbum
friendtomodachi
company, officekaisha
schoolgakkoo
youngwakai
deliciousoishii
interestingomoshiroi
easy, kindyasashii
difficultmuzukashii
bigookii
smallchiisai
newatarashii
hot, thickatsui
cold (weather)samui
cold (object)tsumetai
goodyoi
badwarui
unsavory, unskillfulmazui
tall, expensivetakai
tall (for person)sei ga takai
shortmijikai
short (for person)sei ga hikui
lowhikui
cheapyasui
longnagai
heavyomoi
lightkarui
widehiroi
narrowsemai
redakai
whiteshiroi
yellowkiiroi
early, fasthayai
late, slowosoi
deepfukai
shallowasai
strongtsuyoi
weakyowai
thinusui
hardkatai
softyawarakai
ashamedhazukashii
pleasanttanoshii
lonelysabishii
wonderfulsubarashii
busyisogashii
manyooi
fewsukunai
bitternigai
sweetamai
soursuppai
coolsuzushii
warmatatakai
nearchikai
fartooi
blackkuroj
darkkurai
brightakarui
blueaoi
cutekawaii
churchkyookai
televisionterebi
programbangumi
riverkawa
examinationshiken
a while agosakki
not anywheredoko emo
nowheredoko nimo
post officeyuubinkyoku
department storedepaato
doginu
catneko
gymnasiumtaiikukan
dining roomshokudoo
coffee shopkissaten
movie theatereigakan
here (this place)koko
there (that place)soko
over thereasoko
restaurantresutoran
comfort roomtoire
telephonedenwa
residential areajuutakuchi
radiorajio
librarytoshokan
embassytaishikan
museumhakubutsukan
city hallshiyakusho
stationeki
bus stopteiryuujoo
shopping districtshootengai
supermarketsuupaamaaketto
Bank ginkoo
marketichiba
cornerkado
drugstorekusuriya
storemise
ticketkippu
sunglassessangurasu
nowima
exactly, justchoodo
beforemae
past sugi
half pasthan
morningasa
night, eveningyoru
fromkara
until, up tomade
advanced, be too fastsusunde imasu
late, be too slowokurete-imasu
afternoonhiru
noonshoogo
right, keep good timeatteimasu
drinknomu
readyomu
buykau
learnnarau
writekaku
speakhanasu
goiku
swimoyogu
dieshinu
waitmatsu
be, existaru
playasobu
eattaberu
see, watch miru
get up, wake upokiru
sleep (go to sleep)neru
teachoshieru
comekuru
dosuru
springharu
summernatsu
autumnaki
winterfuyu
nexttsugi
orangemikan
moneyokane
how muchikura
pricenedan
appleringo
post cardhagaki
boardita
trouserszubon
umbrellakasa
fountain penmannenhitsu
sugarsatoo
clothkire
saltshio

8 comments

  1. I agree that learning something of the host country’s language is always useful (I would say essential) and my way is to learn at least 5 – 10 new words each day. Faced with too many it becomes an impossible task, but 5 words a day is easy, then add another 5 the next day (repeating the first ones etc). I prefer to go for verbs because if you can grasp the verbs and how to use them you can communicate – looking up nouns is easy – so if you do say 2-3 verbs a day (parsed) and 2-3 nouns you will be well ahead. I find your list a bit daunting.

  2. Thank you sooooooooooo much for this! I’ve always wanted to learn Japanese even though I know about 20-50 words here already, it’s really helpful 😍😍

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