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Japanese Discussion

Discussion in 'Foreign Languages' started by KinKaze, Nov 7, 2004.

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  1. KinKaze

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    Kon'nichi wa!!
    I Started This Thread because I Think A lot of Peoples Wanna Learn Japanese.
    I (and I think Many more People besides Me) Loves to watch Animes in their Original Languages,which is Japanese (and with English Subs).I Think Thats Good,Because you get to learn Japanese =D.I've learned some Japanese words while watching Animes.=P

    Anyway I Hope that People who Do Know Japanese will Post in this Thread.
    In This Thread You Can Post Questions about Japanese words and stuff .
    And You Can also post words You Know in Japanese.So That we Can Learn it,and expand our Japanese Vocabulary.

    I'll start with the first One,which everyone knows,I Guess =P.

    Nani = What


    *And If You Know Any Good Sites to Learn Japanese,You Can Post them here too


    EDIT---16 April 2007 -----------------------(I'll add more links soon)

    Links
    Main Character
    Gunbound
    Gunbound (Japanese)


    zaraki! (Japanese Writing System)
    Gunbound (Japanese)
    Gunbound
    Gunbound

    現代日本語文法概説 . Saburoo-sensei's Outline of Modern Japanese Grammar (It's in Japanese, but it's really good! Thanks to Sumike-Kaito)

    Japanese Learners and Speakers FC (by Sumike-kaito)
     
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  2. Uchiha Suzie

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    I've been learning Japanese for a year and a bit now at university, so I'm not gonna post all the words I know :p We mainly learn to write in the scripts in class, so most the sites I know of are all about that which I doubt you want to learn right now. I'll add a phrase to your vocab.
    Chiizu suki desu :)
     
  3. Svensken

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    KinKaze, Please Don't Use Capital Letters So Damn Often :rolleyes:
     
  4. GaaraOfTheDesert

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    i bet everyone knows this one:

    Baka: Idiot


    good site (best site): Gunbound
    it also has a forum
     
  5. Aruka

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    Konnichiwa Minna San! Actually I learned a few japanese words by just watching anime's.
     
  6. marz76

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    Since we are on the subjuct what the hell does Dattebayo mean anyway.. This is the phrase Naruto uses after EVERY FReaking thing he says... Just drives me nuts sometimes.
     
  7. KinKaze

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    oh,I thought it looked better you know :rolleyes:

    And what Does That Means?

    There's actually A Thread About That.
    Japanese Learners and Speakers FC
     
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  8. Forsaken

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    Since we're (hopefully) all Naruto fans, everyone probably knows what I'm about to post... but this is the only Japanese I could think of off the top of my head.

    Iruka means "dolphin", and Hatake Kakashi means "farmland scarecrow."

    Oh, wait, I did think of something else... Ki o tsukete. "Take care."
     
  9. knightlc

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    BaGa =_= ..... why learn japs in forums?
    it's not like we are going to jap anyway ....
    i'll stick to subtitles :p
     
  10. poona

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    well, I guess i know i bit of japanese seeing that japanese originally evolved form the chinese language, plus i read the chinese manga, so I'll yall some of what I know.
    Uzumaki: Whirling.

    Naruto: This white and pink roll of meat like food that is sliced into pieces and put into ramen.
     
  11. Sayo

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    ok what are the following words in japanese
    and english


    - kitsun

    - death god
    - elf
    - fairy
    - sword
     
  12. uhm..
    - fox

    - shinigami
    - dunno
    - dunno
    - knew once..

    XD Japanese is freakin difficult..only things i can say are: I dun/do speak japanese, can you understand english? I'm american (which i'm never ever gonna use)
     
  13. cypherkronis

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    kon nichi wa. dare ga nihongo wo shite iru? boku ha koukou sannensei de gakkou de nihongo wo totte iru. i'm taking japanese in school and i try to read the manga raw n stuff. maybe this topic could serve as a translation help thingy, like if you have questions about a certain sentence or kanji in the manga, etc. this could work out really well..
     
  14. cypherkronis

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    o btw. i just read this. chiizu suki desu means i like cheese...lol
     
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    Ohayo... (I always say that, no matter of the time of the day :D)

    Sore wa watashi no nindo desu!
    (That is my ninja way!)

    And Kitsun doesn't mean fox, but Kitsune does. (Notice the E!)

    I study japanese on my free time. We mostly learn hiragana and katakana.
    The negative thing is, my sensei only speak woman-japanese, and she isn't very familiar with slang (like datte ba yo, which means 'yknow)

    Watashi wa Gaara desu.
    Anata wa nandesuka?
     
  16. Ketsueki

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    Brilliant resource site I came across: Japanese Dictionary

    Also

    Animeyume.com: Learn Some Japanese
     
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    Itadakimas = time to eat

    I heard that on Naruto so haha, I'm not even Japanese!
     
  18. cypherkronis

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    hahaha! about the ohayo. i always had jap first thing in the morning, now i have it in the afternoon but no matter what i say "ohayo" to my teacher.
     
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    I say ohayo to everybody, always :D

    I wish i could have japanese in school too T_T
     
  20. Tsugakyu

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    Actually, it's Itadaki Masu.

    Have you noticed that Lee often pronounces u?

    Like "desu", where most other say "dess".

    Or "Shimasu", "Shimass"

    Et cetera et cetera...
     
  21. Inactive DarkFire

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    Konnichwa, hajimemashite! Watashi no namae wa Shani desu! Watashi wa juuni sai desu. Dozo yoroshiku. Ogenkidesuka? *Coughs* Since we're giving words and phrases...

    A

    aa, ee, un, saa = yes (informal)
    abayo = casual goodbye, kinda like "see ya"
    abunai = dangerous, threatening; when shouted as a command it translates to "look out!"
    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.
    aku soku zan = literally "kill evil instantly" (from Rurouni Kenshin)
    ane-ue = respectful word for "older sister"; you would use this to talk about your sister when she's not in your presence. If you were talking to her, you would use "onee-san"
    ani-ue = respectful word for "older brother"; you would use this to talk about your brother when he's not in your presence. If you were talking to him, you would use "onii-san"
    ano/sono/kono/dono/ = basically means "this" when referring to people. In order: "that over there", "that", "this", and "which one?"
    ano hi = "this day"
    ano hito = literally "that person"
    ano toki = literally "that time"; often translates to "back there", "back then", etc.
    anou = "well..."
    ara/are = oh, or "huh?" ; "Ara" is used by women, "Are" by men.
    are/sore/kore/dore = means "this" when referring to objects. Meanings are the same as listed above for "ano/sono/kono/dono"
    arigatou gozaimasu = "thank you very much"; the more formal version is "domo arigatou gozaimasu"; the casual verion is "arigatou" (thanks, thank you)
    arimasen/imasen = isn't ("arimashita" = was, were)
    asagohan/hirugohan/bangohan = in order: breakfast/lunch/dinner/meal
    ashita = tomorrow
    asoko/soko/koko/doko = means "this" when referring to locations. In order: "there" (far away), "there", "here", "where?"; both "doko wa" and "koko wa" can translate as "where am I?" (literally "where is this place?"
    atama = head
    atarashii = new
    atsui = hot (temperature or weather)


    B

    baka = idiot, fool, stupid, etc. (all-purpose insult)
    bakaga = impossible
    bakemono = monster
    bento = a box lunch
    betsu ni = a multi-purpose negative phrase, usually translated as "nothing" or "not really"
    bishonen = beautiful boy
    bishoujo = beautiful girl (sometimes translated as "pretty"; the word itself is a combination of "bi" = beautiful and "shoujo" = girl)
    bouzu = kid (often used as an insult)
    budo = a set of goals/morals for martial artists, such as a philosophy that goes with your particular style, such as "protect the weak" or "revitalize people" or something of that sort.
    bushido = the "warrior's code", or code of honor among samurai. One of the main rules of Bushido seems to be "death before dishonor"
    busu = ugly girl (a pretty rude insult)


    C

    chibi = little; can be a noun or adjective
    chichi-oya = formal, respectful word for "father"; this is how you would refer to your father outside of his presence. If you were talking to him you would use "otou-san"
    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". The verb form is "chigaimasu" ("to be different/wrong"
    chiisai = small (as in "small in size"; I've also heard the variation "chisana", which may be the noun version, I'm not %100 sure on that.
    chotto matte = "wait a minute!" ("matte" is the gerund from of "to wait" which is "matsu"; "chotto" = "for a short time". "chotto" actually has many different meanings, it varies according to context and I don't have a full understanding of this word yet.
    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), warajii (sandals with many woven straw straps for keeping it on your foot securely), manto (cloak)


    D

    da = as in "no da", a phrase used by Chichiri of Fushigi Yuugi. This is an example of a character using archaic Japanese; he ends almost everything he says with "no da". Chichiri says this to put more emphasis into his arguments and statements, it means something like "what I'm saying is true."
    daga = however/but
    daijoubu = don't worry, I'm okay, I'll be all right, etc. "daijouka" is "are you okay?"
    daikon = large Japanese radish
    daimyo = fuedal lord; these people were the next rank above samurai in Japan's fuedal era and were the major landowners.
    daisho = traditional pair of swords carried by samurai, consisting of a katana (long sword) and wakizashi (short sword)
    daisuki desu/da = I love you. This has more emphasis than "suki desu/da" which means "I love you/I like you" (this refers to boyfriend/girlfriend type love, not romantic marraige-type love. Important difference!). "daisuki" can also describe your favorite things.
    dakara = so, therefore
    damare = means "be quiet", often translates as "shut up!" or "silence!"
    dame = this actually means "bad" or "it's no good" (the opposite of "ii", which means "good" but it's often used (and translated) as "no" (as in "don't do that!"
    de gozaru = a "polite phrase" that can be added to the ends of sentences. Only Himura Kenshin of Rurouni Kenshin uses this. It's a very outdated, archaic form of the polite "de gozaimasu" and would almost be like someone walking up to you and saying stuff like "thou art" and other Shakespearan-era English. You know what it means, but you would never use it in regular converstion. Kenshin's just odd -_-;;
    desu = this has many complicated uses in speech, but basically it's a polite modifier, and is a more casual form of "de gozaimasu". See a grammar dictionary for how to properly translate "desu", I could never explain it properly
    demo/datte = but
    densetsu = legend, legendary
    dewa = an interjection, has various meanings including "Then...","Well...","Now..." etc.
    dim sum = pork buns (a Chinese dish)
    do-iu koto da = "what do you mean?"
    dojo = school (as in a maritial arts training hall)
    doki doki = a phrase meaning "sometimes/from time to time"; it also describes a heartbeat
    domo = This word has so many uses I couldn't possibly list them all. One common use is "thank you", functioning as the short version of the full (i.e. very formal) version of "thank you very much" ("domo arigatou gozaimasu"
    doozo = here you go, here you are (giving someone something)
    dou = how, in what way?; "dou da?" is "how about it?"
    dou shite = why?/why not?/how come?; "doushita" can mean "what's wrong?"


    E

    eeto... = like saying "um..." or "erm...", that sort of thing
    expletives: mou, che, chikuso, kuso, shimatta (all meaning damn, shit, crap, etc.)


    F

    fuku = uniform
    fureru = "to touch"
    furo = bath
    futon = the thin, soft mattresses some Japanese sleep on (most people use Western beds nowadays). They are folded and stored in cabinets when not in use.
    fushigi = mystery, wonder, mysterious, etc.


    G

    gaijin = refers to any foreigner
    gakkou = highschool
    gambatte ne! = "do your best!"
    genki da = cheer up, be well, take care, etc. ("genki" literally means energy)
    gochisousama! = said at the end of mealtimes, means "thank you for the meal/I'm finished"
    gomen nasai = I'm sorry


    H

    ha = the cutting edge of a sword (just one of many meanings for "ha"
    haha-oya = respectful word for "mother"; this is how you would refer to your mother outside of her presence. If you were talking to her you would use "okaa-san"
    hai = yes
    hajime = beginning, start, the first time, etc. The verb "to begin" is "hajimeru" (with the often-heard command form "hajimete"
    hajimemashite = "I'm pleased to meet you (for the first time)"
    hakubaikou = white plum (the scent and the flower)
    han = half; examples are "hanbun" ("half of me" or "part of me" and "hanyou" ("half-demon"
    hana = there are a few meanings for this, including "flower" and "nose"
    hanase = imperative form of "to release", it often translates as "release me!" or "let me go!"; the dictionary form is "hanasu"
    hanashi = as a noun it means "news, account, story", etc. The dictionary from of the verb "to talk" is "hanasu"; "hanasu also means "to release" (see above)
    hane = spring (as in the season)
    hayaku = means "faster"; also translates as "hurry up" or "quickly" when used as a command.
    hen = weird or strange
    hentai = literally "strange", though it's often used in such a way as to get the translation "pervert"
    henshin = transform or change
    hidari = left
    hidoi = mean, cruel
    hikari = light, energy (as in a glare, gleam, or ray)
    hime = princess
    himitsu = secret
    hito = man, person
    hitokiri = assassin; "hito" means "man" and "kire" is a form of the verb "to cut" ("kiru", so "hitokiri" literally means "Man-Slicer" or "ManSlayer", hence why it's an appropriate job title for an assassin
    hitomi = to see, eye
    hitotsu no = a part of something (a, one, etc.)
    honorifics: the Japanese "honorific" has no English equivalent. They are a way of showing your status in relation to another person and so, depending on how they are used, they can be either respectful or insulting. In rank from highest respect to lowest they are: -sama, -san, -dono, -kun, -chan. They are used as suffixes attached to the ends of words. There has been some debate amongst myself and others about the exact usage of "-dono" as it occurs in anime and manga; it's an older honorific and seems to imply that the speaker is in the service of another person, but this isn't always true in context. As far we can tell its usuage is on a case-by-case basis.
    honto = really ("honto desu ka" = "really?"
    houshi = priest


    I'll post the other half, but if you people dun want me to, I won't, lol XD
     
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    I didn't read everything, so I don't know if it was mentioned yet. What is the word for idiotic? (I know it has the base word of baka, I don't know the rest, though)
     
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    Baka is the word for idiotic, baka serves for all insults basically. I think that's basically it, baka. I guess I'll post the next section, lol.

    I

    ichiban = first, the best, favorite, etc.; "ichi" is "one" and when the Japanese count things they use different classifiers along with the number (kind of like the way we say "two pieces of bread" instead of "two breads". "-ban" is used specifically for counting numerical order.
    ie = house
    ii = good, nice; "ii desu ka" means "is it okay?", the casual version is "ii ne/na"; the past tense of "ii" is "yokatta" (yup you grammar-seekers, it's an irregular. I hate irregulars )
    iie, iya = no; the first is more formal, the second more relaxed and conversational
    iinazuke = fiancee
    ikari = fury
    ikenai = "oh no!"
    iku = the dictionary form of "to go"; often you hear it as "ikuzo" meaning "let's go!" This form isn't in my grammar book, so I'm guessing it's some sort of ultra-casual slang version of the verb, but I can't be sure about that.
    ima = now
    imouto = younger sister
    inochi = life
    inu = dog
    irrashimase! = welcome! (used in restaurants to greet customers)
    itachi = weasel
    itadakimasu = said at the start of meals, means "let's eat!", "here's to good food", etc.
    ite = ouch, ow
    itte kimasu = "I'm taking off!" or "I'm leaving now!"; the "itte" part of this is the gerund form of the verb "to go" ("iku" but there is no conjugation with "kimasu" on the end of it, so I'm wondering if I'm not hearing the phrase correctly...
    istu = when; "istu mo" means "always, constantly, forever", etc.

    J

    ja ne/ja na = see you later/see you then
    ja matta/mattana = casual "goodbye"
    -ja nai/-nai = a suffix that gives an adjective a negative meaning. Japanese "adjectives" don't fully correspond to the English ones, you need to see a grammar book for a proper explanation of negative forms.
    janken = the Japanese version of "rock, paper, scissors"; the phrase is "Janken, Janken, Pon!"
    jibun = one's self, yourself/himself/herself
    jikai = next time
    jinchuu = Earthly justice (is also sometimes translated as "revenge"
    jitsu wa = "actually..."
    jou-chan = "little missy"
    joudan janai ="this is no joke!" or "you've got to be kidding!", etc.
    juunishi = Japanese version of the Chinese Zodiac (featured in the anime Fruits Basket)

    K

    ka = a particle that indicates a question
    kakkoii! = "cool!"
    kami = some common meanings for this word are "spirit" ("Kami-sama" is God), "hair", and "paper"
    kamiya = flower; this isn't the generic word for "flower" so I'm thinking it refers to a specific species, I have no idea which one though...
    kanai = wife
    kanji = perception, feeling. Also refers to the Chinese characters used in Japanese writing.
    kanojo = girlfriend
    kao = face
    kaoru = scent
    kare/kareshi = boyfriend
    kawaii/kawaiku ne = cute/uncute (from Ranma 1/2)
    kaze = wind
    keisatsu = police
    ken = sword; there are many words for sword according to their type (usually determined by length). Examples: wattou (long battle katana, usually greater than 30 inches in length), katana (generally 25-30 inches long), wakizashi (short sword), kodachi (short sword between a wakizashi and katana in length), tanto (long dagger), kunai (short throwing knives), sakabatou (a fictional reverse-bladed sword), zanbatou (giant sword used to cut down both horse and rider), bokken (wooden sword), and shinai (bamboo practice sword). The sheath or scabbard for a sword is called a "saya".
    kenjutsu = swordsmanship
    kenkaku = swordsman
    kenshin = devotion, dedication; in Rurouni Kenshin it's written with the kanji reading "Heart of Sword"
    keredo/kedo = though, although, but
    ki/chi = the Asian concept of a life force or life spirit; it's mentioned a lot in martial arts anime. "Ken-ki" is used in Rurouni Kenshin in reference to swords, and in Inuyasha "youki" is used to describe demon energy. "Ki" also means "tree". "Chi" is closer to the Chinese pronuciation of the word.
    kimochi = feeling, emotion, pleasure
    ki o tsukete = The gerund (command) form of "be careful"; dictionary form is "ki o tsukeru"
    kitsune = fox
    kirei = pretty, lovely; unlike in English, the Japanese word for "pretty" can also be a noun, and so sometimes you hear it as an affectionate nickname for someone.
    kizu = wound (physical cut)
    kodomo = child
    koekeishiya = successor
    koishii, koibito = beloved, lover, sweetheart, etc.
    koi = this words has a ton of meanings, including love, goldfish, and "come here!" (the imperative form of the verb "to come", which is "kuru"
    kokoro = heart, mind, soul, etc.
    konbanwa = good evening
    koneko = kitten
    konnichi wa = hello, good afternoon
    korosu = "to kill"
    kotaeru = "to answer"; you'll hear it in various forms in anime, often as a command: "answer me!"
    koto wa = thing, what, affair/matter
    kotowaru = "to decline" (to refuse do something, such as fight)
    kowai = scared, fear, afraid
    kumo = a couple meanings, including "spider" and "cloud"

    M

    maa, maa = "now, now" ; a phrase used to placate someone
    maa na = "I guess"
    maboroshi = means "illusion", as in a dream or illusion constructed by someone; figuratively it means "mystic" or "mystical". In Escaflowne "Maboroshi no tsuki" means "The Mystic Moon."
    machigainai = there's no mistake! (like when you recognize someone, or verify information)
    mada = not yet, still
    mamoru = "to protect"
    masaka = "of course not!", "impossible", "it can't be!", "not really", etc.
    massushiro = a phrase, means "clean and white"
    mattaku = sheesh, yeesh, jeez, "oh for heaven's sake", etc. General expression of annoyance.
    miko = priestess
    minna = everyone
    miru = "to see"
    miso = Japanese soy-based soup
    mizu = water
    mochi = a Japanese dessert: rice dough (kinda marshmallow in texture) stuffed with ohagi (sweet bean paste)
    moko-dono = from Ranma 1/2, means "son-in-law"
    mon = family crest, often seen on formal kimono. In the Meji era a "mon" was also a form a currency that was worth less than a "sen".
    mononoke = vengeful spirit
    mooto = increases the amount of something. An example is "hayaku, hayaku, mooto hayaku" (a phrase from a Spirited Away image song) which means "faster, faster and faster" but "mooto" doesn't mean "and"; it's simply increasing the amount of "hayaku"
    mori = forest
    moshi moshi = hello (on the phone)
    mou ii = a phrase, means "no more" or "that's enough!"
    mune = the dull edge of a Japanese sword. It also means "heart"
    musume = daughter (in Rurouni Kenshin "itachi musume" = "weasel girl" or literally the daughter of a weasel. Obviously in this case it's being used as in insult)
    muzukashii = difficult
    myuun = the sound a cat makes, they also make a "nyaa nyaa" sound
     
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    Well ...I am learning japanese too ...I am gonna make my master there ....(hopefully) been saving money ....I can't post all I know because it is too many.But I just started a month ago.But if I start with words I know it Will need lots of space.I must say I also started learning the language because I am fascinated by it.And especially by the kanji.I also like chinese .... but I do not like the way they speak.I like the way they write.

    Watashi no namae wa Lefteris desu. Watashi wa grishiajin desu. Watashi wa nihongo no gakushei desu. :p and lots more ...
     
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    a rep for u DarkFire for your effort!
     
  26. Inactive DarkFire

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    *Grins and glomps naru89* Arigatou! ^^

    N

    na ha = a very impolite and abbreviated way to ask someone their name. "O-namae wa" is standard-polite; if you wantto be even more formal you would use "O-namae wa nan to iimasu ka" or "O-namae wa nan to osshaimasu ka" (the latter is very polite ^^)
    nakanai de = don't cry, the negative form of the verb "to cry" ("naku". "nakanaide kudasai" = "please don't cry"
    nan da/nan de = why, what. "nan da to" is an extreme version of "what", sort of like "WHAT?!"
    nan de sute = "what did you say?"
    nan = what; a common casual version of this is "nani"
    nani yatten no = "what are you doing?"
    nani-mo = nothing
    naruhodo = I see (as in "I understand"
    naze = why (an extreme why, as in "why did you do that?!"
    ne = when put as a question, means "right?" (as in "correct". This is just one of the many meanings of "ne"
    neko = cat
    nezumi/onezumi = mouse/rat
    nigeru = "to run"
    nihon, nippon/nihongo = Japan/Japanese (language)
    nikuma = pork buns
    ningen = human
    nidoto = never (as in "I'll never do that again"
    no = serves several purposes, often as a particle marking a possessive ("Akane no iinazuke" would be "Akane's fiancee" for instance)
    numbers: ichi (one), ni (two), san (three), shi or yon (four), go (five), roku (six), shichi or nana (seven), hachi (eight), kyuu or ku (nine), juu (ten), etc.


    O

    obasan = aunt
    obaasan = grandmother. It's important to note that this word is very different from "obasan" above (which only has one "a" in romanji or a short "a" sound in speech). The "a" sound in "obaasan" is held twice as long.
    obaba = great-grandmother, or a fairly rude way of saying "old woman"
    obou = monk
    oden = a mixed meat/vegetable stew
    ohagi = sweet bean paste
    oi = hey!
    oishii = delicious, tasty
    ojisan = uncle, or "mister" when used by a non-relative. The Japanese have the habit of sometimes referring to strangers or aquaintances with familial terms. This is one such example.
    ojiisan = grandfather. Just as with "obasan" it's important to note the difference in spelling. You hold the "i" sound longer when you want to say "grandfather" as opposed to "uncle".
    okaa = mother; in speech this word is almost always used with an honorific. "Okaa-sama" is very respectful, "Okaa-san" is general respect (this is the usual form you hear), "Okaa-chan" is informal and is sort of like saying "mommy".
    okari nasai = welcome home
    okashira = commander or boss
    okonomiyaki = Japanese "pizza" (it's similar to a pancake with sauce and other toppings added. Yum ^_^)
    ohayou gozaimasu = good morning (just "ohayou" is like "morning!"
    ohisashiburi = "it's been a long time" or "long time no see!"
    omoshiroi = interesting or amusing
    onna = woman
    onegai = please (the full version is "onegai-shimasu" when you're being really polite; if used like a command I've seen it translated as "I beg of you!"
    onee = older sister (informal: onee-chan, polite: onee-san
    oni = ogre or demon
    onii = older brother (informal: onii-chan, polite: onii-san)
    onigirii = rice ball
    onsen = hot spring
    ooji = prince
    ookii = big
    osuwari = the command form of "to sit" ; actually this is technically a dog command...
    otaku = in Japan this words simply refers to a fan of anything, in America it's come to describe an fan of anime specifically.
    otoko = man
    otou = father; in speech, just as with "okaa", this word is almost always used with an honorific. "Otou-sama" is very respectful, "Otou-san" is general respect (this is the usual form you hear), "Otou-chan" is informal and is sort of like saying "daddy".
    otouto = younger brother
    otto = husband
    ougi = succession technique for a sword or martial arts school, literally means "deep act"
    owari = "the end", as in the end of a show or story. The verb "to end" is "owaru"
    oyaji = "old man", as in your dad (often used as an insult in anime)
    oyasumi nasai = good night


    P

    paku = the sound a fish makes
    pan = bread
    particle: the Japanese "particle" refers to the short syllables (no, to, ni, mo, etc.) sprinked in Japanese sentences. The meaning and uses of particles are many and varied. They often serve as object and topic markers, identifying the subject of the sentence (first person pronouns are nearly always followed by a particle. Examples would be "watashi no", "sessha mo", etc.). They also serve a function similar to English preposition "filler" words such as: of, and, the, from, to, etc. To understand particles you need a Japanese grammar dictionary and/or a good textbook.
    piyo = the sound a bird makes
    pronouns: watakushi (formal "I", watashi (standard "I", atashi (young woman's "I", ore (informal men's "I", boku ("I" for kids or when you're being submissive), sessha ("this unworthy one", washi (used by old people) anata (formal "you", or "beloved" if used between a married couple), kimi (standard "you", omae (casual men's "you", onushi ("you" used by old people), temee (rude version of "you", kisama (really rude version of "you", as in "you shit***!"

    Notes on pronoun use: generally used in pairs.

    Complementary I/you pairs by politeness level! There are a lot of ways of referring to oneself, depending on gender, age, social position, and relation to the person being addressed. Usually, a person who habitually uses a given first person pronoun will use a complementary second person pronoun to address others.

    Ore/omae. Ore is the tough-guy way of saying I, and a guy who says ore usually addresses other (men) as omae. Omae *used* to be polite, it literally means something like honorable-one-in-front-of-me, but usage tends to drag down second (and sometimes first) person pronouns to lower and lower politeness levels. Anime characters who use it: Sanosuke, Yahiko, Battousai, Ranma, Ryouga -- tough guys in general.

    Boku/kimi. Boku is the boy's I, used almost from the time a boy becomes aware that he is a boy, up until he decides he's a M-A-N and starts using ore. Kimi is the complementary you; most boku-users seem to use it. Boku-users in anime usually tend to be softer-spoken -- though why Tatewaki Kunou uses it is a mystery, since most of the rest are nice guys: Tenchi Masaki, Tonbo in Kiki's Delivery Service, Hakkai in Gensoumaden Saiyuuki.

    Watashi/anata. Standard-polite, used by nearly all adults who don't talk tough.

    Atashi/anta. This is a young girl's version of standard-polite and is a little more casual. Akane Tendou uses this.

    Washi. I don't remember the complementary you for this; it's a form used by old people. Happousai, Cologne, and Genma use it (even though Genma's not that old).

    Sessha/onushi. This unworthy one... and onushi means something like honored lord. Again, both are around 300 years out of date. And we all know who uses these! ^_^x

    Then there are two other words for you that I should mention. At least technically they mean you -- they're usually used as epithets: kisama and temee (that's the rough-masculine pronunciation, but it's the only one I ever see). In Japanese, most curses, epithets and insults are simply very rude ways of saying you.


    R

    rei = soul
    rounin = masterless samurai
    rurouni = vagabond or wanderer (it's important to note that this word was made up by the creator of Rurouni Kenshin, combining "rounin" (masterless samurai) and "rurou" (vagabond). It doesn't actually exist in the Japanese language)
    ryu = school or style (for example, a sword style such as "Hiten Misturugi Ryu".
    ryuu = dragon
     
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    It is obvious that you are putting only the words you know in every letter so you are not copying paste.Rep from me too.
     
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    its just a form of politeness to add the u when you are speaking.
     
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    I take Japanese at my school, and I moved out of my house and an hour away just so I could switch to a school that offers Japanese. Sadly, my class is filled with a bunch of morons who slow me down completely.

    Anyway...

    Biggest problem I hear when people speak Japanese is their pronounciation, but since you people watch subtitled stuff all the time, you should have a good idea of how to pronounce things. That's the easiest part though, and that is about all you can learn from watching anime.

    Sore wa nan desu ka?
    "What is that?" Sore means "that" (the object near the person whom you are speaking with). Nan is the question word for "what". Wa is a topic marker, and is difficult for me to explain, so I'll let you look it up. Ka marks the sentence as a question.

    Kore wa chizu desu.
    "This is a map." Kore means "this" (the object near the speaker) Chizu is also a word for "map".

    Ikura desu ka?
    "How much does it cost?"

    Chizu wa ichimai nihyaku en desu.
    "It costs 200 Yen for one map." Ichi is the number one, and mai is the counter for flat objects like paper. There are many different counters for many different things, learn them somewhere else. Nihyaku is the number two hundred, ni being two and hyaku being hundred. En is the word for Yen, I have no idea why they are different.
     
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