Here’s the final part for this series of Japanese words that you would most likely to pick up while watching anime. Chances are, you’re able to recognize most of the words from the first 2 parts, but this list would contain some slightly difficult words:

  1. Osananajimi
  2. Hana
  3. Sakura
  4. Hoshi
  5. Tsuki
  6. Taiyou
  7. Mizu
  8. Honoo
  9. Kaze
  10. Kage
  11. Ichigo
  12. Kyaku
  13. Warai
  14. Uso
  15. Inu
  16. Neko
  17. Tanuki
  18. Sakana
  19. Mahou
  20. Shoujo
  21. Shounen
  22. Mamoru
  23. Yare
  24. Mendou
  25. Dokidoki
  26. Jikan
  27. Ecchi
  28. Hentai
  29. Osoi
  30. Hayaku
  31. Dame
  32. Ii
  33. Iie
  34. Tasukete
  35. Kimochi
  36. Chotto
  37. Tsuzuku
  38. Owari

While there are still many other words, you should be proud of yourself if you were able to guess at least 70 or so of these 101 words. What it means is that you probably know more Japanese than you think you do, maybe you can try watching the next episode of your favourite anime in raw format (without subtitles) first and see just how much you are able to understand and then comparing that by watching them with subtitles.

It wouldn’t be as effective if you’ve been through the subtitled version as your memory would retain the translation and you’re bound to rely on that instead of what you really know.

Just give it a try :)

**Update: Click the spoiler tag “show” below to see the answers


The answers here are drawn from my own knowledge of the language and might not be 100% accurate, but the general idea is correct.

  1. Osananajimi = Childhood friend
  2. Hana = Flower
  3. Sakura = Cherry blossom
  4. Hoshi = Star
  5. Tsuki = Moon
  6. Taiyou = Sun
  7. Mizu = Water
  8. Honoo = Fire
  9. Kaze = Wind
  10. Kage = Shadow
  11. Ichigo = Strawberry
  12. Kyaku = Customer
  13. Warai = Laugh
  14. Uso = Lie
  15. Inu = Dog
  16. Neko = Cat
  17. Tanuki = Raccoon dog
  18. Sakana = Fish
  19. Mahou = Magic
  20. Shoujo = Young girl
  21. Shounen = Young boy/Young men
  22. Mamoru = Protect
  23. Yare = To do
  24. Mendou = Troublesome
  25. Dokidoki = Heart beating fast/Expressing excitement
  26. Jikan = Time
  27. Ecchi = Pervert/Dirty minded
  28. Hentai = Pervert/Weird, used on a person
  29. Osoi = Late
  30. Hayaku = Faster
  31. Dame = To refuse
  32. Ii = Yes
  33. Iie = No
  34. Tasukete = Help
  35. Kimochi = Feelings
  36. Chotto = Wait/Hold on
  37. Tsuzuku = To be continued
  38. Owari = The end


Related posts:

  1. Part I: Picking Up Japanese with Anime?
  2. Part II: Picking Up Japanese with Anime?

5 Comments to “Part III: Picking Up Japanese with Anime?”

  1. retsgip | July 17th, 2007 at 9:38 pm

    I actually credit anime and j-drama(these especially) for my decently sized japanese vocab even though I’ve never actually studied the language. Now that I’m in Japan, I think it’s time to start.

  2. Neko Kyou | July 17th, 2007 at 9:49 pm

    Hi Retsgip,

    Didn’t expect to see you here 😀 Yeah, I think what you said applies to the majority of anime and j-drama viewers. Was pretty surprised at how much I could understand raws nowadays.

  3. retsgip | July 19th, 2007 at 1:04 am

    Surprising? I occasionally roam the world for interesting posts on anime and the like. Even though I’m not very active in my blogging, I still try to read as much as I can :) I’m not sure we’ve met before but the fact that it sounds like you know me is flattering.

    I think the first time I ever really tested my raw abilities was with a drama which wasn’t being subbed fast enough and I realized like “wow…I could understand what was happenin–WAAIT…When did I learn japanese, holy crap!”

  4. Neko Kyou | July 19th, 2007 at 1:35 am

    lol ic ic. Nah, you probably don’t know me. I’m a new reader of your blog since a couple of weeks back and went through some of the older posts in your archives. I noticed that Darkshaunz had been posting more often than you.

    Yeah its pretty cool to find out something you didn’t know you had in you. I had pretty much the same reaction as you did, but it was with raw episodes of Gundam Seed Destiny.

  5. Mimiron | September 9th, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    forgot about Zetsubou ? I heard this one a lot lately


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