Category Archives: Themed Vocabulary Lists

Vocabs: Under the Sea 1

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海 (うみ, umi) – sea; ocean; waters 海面 (かいめん, kaimen) – sea level; (surface of) sea 海洋底 (かいようてい, kaiyoutei) – ocean floor; sea floor; seabed 藻場 (もば, moba) – seaweed bed; seaweed forest 魚 (さかな, sakana) – fish 鮫 (さめ, same) – shark 海がめ (うみがめ) – sea turtle 珊瑚 (さんご, sango) – coral 海老 (えび, ebi) – prawn; shrimp; lobster; crayfish 海星 (ひとで, hitode) – starfish; sea star;… Read more »

Vocabs: Around the desk – Part 2

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Here we go, part 2 of the little things cluttering my desk. 紙 (かみ, kami) – paper ノート (nooto) – notebook; copy-book; exercise book ペンナイフ (pennaifu) – penknife 原稿用紙 (げんこうようし, Genkou youshi) – Japanese writing paper (lined with a square grid, one square per character) ノートパソコン (nootopasokon) – laptop; notebook マウス (mausu) – mouse マウスパッド (mausupaddo) – mouse pad キーボード (kiiboodo) – keyboard 鍵盤 (けんばん,… Read more »

Vocabs: Around the desk – Part 1

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Hi! A new series of vocabs coming up! It’ll be a list of things you might see around your desk. At least… It’s the stuff I have around on my very messy desk. Here goes, the first series of 10 words. 机 (つくえ, tsukue) – desk 椅子 (いす, isu) – chair, stool ペン (pen) – pen シャープペンシル (shaapopenshiru) – mechanical… Read more »

Vocabs: Fruits and Vegetables 3

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Check out Part 1 and Part 2 as well! チンゲン菜 (チンゲンサイ, chingensai) – bok-choy (Brassica rapa var. chinensis); Chinese cabbage; bok choi; pak choi 菠薐草 (ほうれんそう, hourensou) – spinach 小松菜 (こまつな, komatsuna) – Japanese mustard spinach (Brassica rapa var. perviridis) 空芯菜 (くうしんさい, kuushinsai) – Chinese water spinach (Ipomoea aquatica); ong choy; kang kong; water morning glory; water convolvulus; swamp cabbage; hung tsai;… Read more »

Vocabs: Merry Christmas!

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Season greetings everyone! With Christmas just round the corner… I thought I’d post some holiday season related Japanese vocabulary! Of course, since it’s a holiday originating from the west, with loads of western terms, expect plenty of words in katakana. What’s even more interesting though, is that many ‘versions’ of the same word exist, because they adapted that same word… Read more »

Vocabs: Fruits and Vegetables 2

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Check out Part 1 and Part 3 as well. 苺 (いちご, ichigo) – strawberry ブラックベリー (burakkuberii) – blackberry ブルーベリー (buruuberii) – blueberry 桜桃 (さくらんぼ, sakuranbo) – cherry 芒果 (マンゴー, mangoo) – mango パパイア (papaia) – papaya バナナ (banana) – banana ドラゴンフルーツ(doragon furuutsu) – dragon fruit じゃが芋 (じゃがいも, jyagaimo) – potato 芋 (いも, imo) – tuber; taro; potato さつま芋 (さつまいも, satsumaimo) –… Read more »

Vocabs: Fruits and Vegetables 1

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果物 (くだもの, kudamono) – fruits 野菜 ( やさい, yasai) – vegetables りんご (ringo) – apple 梨 (なし, nashi) – pear オレンジ (orangi) – orange レモン (remon) – lemon トマト (tomato) – tomato 鰐梨 (わになし, waninashi) – avocado; alligator pear アボカド (abogato) – avocado 西瓜 (すいか, suika) – watermelon メロン (meron) – melon 胡瓜 (きゅうり, kyuuri) – cucumber   See also: Part 2 and… Read more »

Vocabs: Bugs and Insects 3

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虫螻 (むしけら, mushikera) – worm; insect 回虫 (かいちゅう, kaichuu) – roundworm  蚯蚓 (みみず, mimizu) – earthworm 百足 (むかで, mukade) – centipede 馬陸 (やすで, yasude) – millipede 蝿 (はえ, hae) – fly 蛾 (が, ga) – moth 猩猩蠅 (しょうじょうばえ, shoijyoi hae) – fruit fly (any insect of family Drosophilidae); vinegar fly; pomace fly; banana fly 蛆虫 (うじむし, ujimushi) – maggot 水黽 (あめんぼ, amenbo) – pond… Read more »

Vocabs: Bugs and Insects 2

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Back with more bugs and insects! Check out part 1 and part 3 as well! 飛蝗 (ばった, batta) – grasshopper 蝶 (ちょう, chou) – butterfly 芋虫 (いもむし, imo mushi) – hornworm (caterpillar of a hawk moth); (hairless) caterpillar 裸虫 (はだかむし, hadaka mushi) – caterpillar (esp. hairless) 毛虫 (けむし, kemushi) – hairy caterpillar; woolly bear 油虫 (あぶらむし, aburamushi) – aphid 蟋蟀 (こおろぎ, koorogi) – cricket… Read more »

Vocabs: Bugs and Insects 1

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虫 (むし, mushi) – insect; bug; cricket; moth; worm 昆虫 (こんちゅう, konchuu) – insect; bug 蟻 (あり, ari) – ant 白蟻 (しろあり, shiroari) – termite; white ant 蜚蠊 (ごきぶり, gokiburi) – cockroach てんとう虫 (てんとうむし, tentou mushi) – ladybug; ladybird 蜂 (はち, hachi) – bee; wasp; hornet 蛍 (ほたる, hotaru) – firefly; lightning bug; glowworm 甲虫 (かぶとむし, kabutomushi) – rhinoceros beetle 蜻蛉 (とんぼ, tonbo) – dragonfly; damselfly… Read more »