From Hai to Ganbarimasu, Let’s Learn 50 Common Words in Japanese!

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Common Words in Japanese

When it comes to learning Japanese, pronunciation is considered easier than learning various accents. One of the most common words in Japanese is ‘Ganbarimasu’ that is ingrained in every kid and is endearingly used by the locals at various times, places and instances. It can be simply translated as “I will do my best” in English but the actual meaning gets lost in translation. Interested in learning Japanese? Here in this blog, we bring you 50 common words in Japanese with examples that you can easily learn and use in everyday life!

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  1. Nihon (Japan)
    Example: Nihon wa chīsana kunidesu. (Japan is a small country.)
  2. Hai (Yes)
    Example: Watashi wa kare to issho ni iku to hai to iimashita. (I said yes to go with him.)
  3. Le (No)
    Example: Īe, watashinohaha wa koko ni imasen. (No, my mother isn’t here.)
  4. Kohi (Coffee)
    Example: Watashi wa kōhī ga totemo sukidesu. (I like coffee very much.)
  5. Arigatō (Thank you)
    Example: Shinpai shite kurete arigatō. (Thank you for worrying about me.)
  6. Dōitashimashite (You’re welcome)
    Example: Josefin, dōitashimashite. (Josefin, You are welcome.)
  7. Sumimasen (Excuse me)
    Example: Sumimasen, mizu o kudasai. (Excuse me, please give me water.)
  8. Gomennasai (I am sorry)
    Example: Tomodachi ni gomen’nasai. (I’m sorry for my friend.)
  9. Ohayō gozaimasu (Good morning)
    Example: Minasan, ohayōgozaimasu, yoiichinichiwo. (Good morning everyone, have a nice day.)
  10. Konbanwa (Good evening)
    Example: Minasan, konban wa. (Good evening everyone.)

Woohoo! You have already learned 10 common words in Japanese! More to come!

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  1. O-yasumi nasai (Good night)
    Example: Otōsan, oyasuminasai! (Dad, good night!)
  2. Kare (He)
    Example: Kare wa hansamuna otokodesu. (He is a handsome man.)
  3. Kanojo (She)
    Example: Kanojo wa ashita-ka ni kaerimasu. (She will go home tomorrow.)
  4. Watashitachi (We)
    Example: Watashitachi wa 2-nenkan atte imasu. (We have been meeting for two years.)
  5. Karera (They)
    Example: Karera wa subete kono pātī no indohitodesu. (They are all Indians at this party.)
  6. Toshi or Nen  (Year)
    Example: Rainen wa 21-sai ni narimasu. (I will be 21 next year.)
  7. Shuu (Week)
    Example: Mata raishū. (See you next week.)
  8. Kyo (Today)
    Example: Kyō wa jōshi to uchiawase o shite imasu. (I have a meeting with my boss today.)
  9. Ashita (Tomorrow)
    Example: Ashita wa daijina hidesu. (Tomorrow is an important day.)
  10. Kinou (Yesterday)
    Example: Watashi wa kinō kyōkai ni ikimashita. (I went to church yesterday.)

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  1. Jikan (Time)
    Example: Kono tasuku o kanryō suru jikan wa hijō ni mijikaidesu. (The time to complete this task is very short.)
  2. Hito or Nin (Person)
    Example: Sono hito wa watashi no ani ni nite imasu. (That person resembles my brother.)
  3. Koto (Thing)
    Example: Kanojo wa tadashī koto o shita. (She did the right thing.)
  4. Kuni or Koku (Country)
    Example: Watashi no kuni wa totemo utsukushīdesu. (My country is very beautiful.)
  5. Daigaku (College)
    Example: Watashi wa ima daigaku de benkyō shite imasu. (I’m studying at university/college now.)
  6. Ima (Now)
    Example: Ima sugu ai ni kite kudasai. (Please come see me now.)
  7. Mae (Before)
    Example: Kono sagyō no mae ni, horyū-chū no sagyō o kanryō shite kudasai. (Please complete the pending work before this work.)
  8. Ato (After)
    Example: Kono kaigi no ato, watashi wa anata ni denwa shimasu. (After this meeting, I will call you.)
  9. Densha (Train)
    Example: Densha wa totemo hayaku ugoite imasu. (The train is moving very fast.)
  10. Kuruma (Car)
    Example: Kuruma wa totemo takaidesu. (The car is very expensive.)
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  1. Heya (Room)
    Example: Kono heya wa totemo kireidesu. (This room is very clean.)
  2. Namae (Name)
    Example: Anata no namae wa nanidesu ka? (What is your name ma’am?)
  3. Gakkou (School)
    Example: Pandemikku no ato, gakkō wa saikai sa remasu. (After the pandemic, the schools will resume.)
  4. Mizu (Water)
    Example: Mizu ga hoshī. (I want water.)
  5. Eiga (Movie)
    Example: Dono eiga o mitaidesu ka? (Which movie do you want to watch?)
  6. Terebi (TV)
    Example: Terebi to Netflix no dochira o mirubekidesu ka? (Should I watch TV or Netflix?)
  7. Kazoku (Family)
    Example: Watashi wa kazoku to sundemasu. (I live with my family.)
  8. Uchi or Ie (Home or House)
    Example: Watashi wa jibun no ie ga daisukidesu. (I love my home.)
  9. Mise or Ya (Shop)
    Example: Watashi wa bunbōgu o kau tame ni mise ni imasu. (I’m in the shop to buy stationery.)
  10. Toire or Otearai (Bathroom)
    Example: Watashi wa toire ni imasu. (I’m in the bathroom.)

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  1. Chisai (Small)
    Example: Sono Sunao wa chīsai. (That tree is small.)
  2. Ookii (Big)
    Example: Ano yama wa totemo ōkī. (That mountain is so big.)
  3. Yoi (Good)
    Example: Yoi koto wa yoi hito to issho ni okorimasu. (Good things happen with good people.)
  4. Warui (Bad)
    Example: Tesuto de warui sukoa o shutoku shimashita. (I got a bad score on my test)
  5. Kirei na (Clean or Pretty)
    Example: Kono doresu wa anata ni kirei ni miemasu. (This dress looks pretty on you.)
  6. Minikui (Ugly)
    Example: Watashi wa minikuidesu ka? (Am I looking ugly?)
  7. Muzukashii (Difficult)
    Example: Kore wa hijō ni muzukashīdesu. (This is very difficult.)
  8. Kantan na (Easy)
    Example: Kore wa totemo kantandesu. (This is very easy.)
  9. Child (Kodomo)
    Example:  Kodomo wa yoi shigoto o shita. (The child did a good job.)
  10. Uwa (Wow)
    Example: Uwa ̄ ! Nante subarashī nagamedeshou. (Wow! What a view.)

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  1. Wow this is a good blog. I m interested in languages mainly French, Arabic, Russian and Portuguese.

  1. Wow this is a good blog. I m interested in languages mainly French, Arabic, Russian and Portuguese.