10 Phrases from Japanese Anime That Have Real-life Use Case – Part 2!

Are you learning Japanese from watching Anime?  Have you already read our article “10 Phrases from Japanese Anime that you can actually use – Part 1“?

Want to learn even MORE practical Japanese found in various anime series?

In this second article of Japanese phrases from anime that have real world use case, we introduce you to 10 more phrases from anime you may have already learned.  And we will teach you how to apply these Japanese phrases and words to real life situations!

10 MORE Japanese Phrases From Anime You Can Use in Real Life

1. 相変あいかわらず – As usual~

This is a Japanese phrase  (or part of a phrase)  that is commonly used to describe specific people and/or their behavior.

相変わらず (aikawarazu) – The first kanji used is 相 which means: “mutual” or “together”.
The second kanji in the word is 変わる which means “to change”.  In this phrase it is negative – 変わらず, which means to not change or un-changing.  Put them together and you get “As usual” or “Without changing~”

As stated above it is often used to refer to a specific person’s behavior.  For example: 相変わらず – “He is the same as always.”

2. ドキドキ – My heart is racing!

This is an onomatopoeia that describes the sound of your heart thumping!  In particular – when you are nervous or flustered.  That’s right – it’s often used by characters interacting with their love interests!

You may have heard this multiple times if you watch romatic-comedy anime.  Japanese people love onomatopoeia, and they often use repetitive words (such as doki doki).

If you find yourself feeling nervous and notice your heart thumping, you can use ドキドキ to describe your emotions!

Maybe doki doki doesn’t sound exactly like a heartbeat, but it’s pretty close.  This word is almost always describes romantic situations.

3. まかせてください – Leave it to me!

You have most likely heard this phrase in several different anime.  You can use this in any situation where you are stepping in to help!  That means polite or casual.

The casual form you may have heard is 任せとけ (makasetoke) or 任せて(makasete) – both mean “leave it to me” or “I’ll handle this!”

Although you may have heard this used in anime fight scenes – you can of course use it in everyday situations.

To use it at work, say the polite version 任せてください (makasete kudasai).

4. けて – Take care

Simply put, ki o tsukete means “take care”, or “be safe.”  Since this uses the te-form, it is also a command/request.  But in Japanese, these “commands” are not so strict.  It’s like a friendly comment.

To make it polite, add ください on the end (as with many Japanese phrases).

5. びっくりする – To be shocked/surprised

Bikkuru suru means to be shocked or surprised.  This word is used across all anime genres and shows of many kinds!  Suru is sometimes omitted, but either way the sentiment is the same.

6. 面倒めんどくさい – What a pain!

Alright, we know you know this one.  Mendokusai is used to express frustration.  Pretty straightforward, めんどくさい just means “what a pain”, and used for situations that are inconvenient or something you would rather not deal with.

It’s not heavy enough to be used for very serious matters – mostly just frustrating or potentially stressful scenarios.

7. ぎりぎり – Just in time

This is another Japanese onomatopoeia that literally means something along the lines of “just barely”.  It is often used with time measurements – such as to be ぎりぎりセーフ (girigiri sēfu) meaning to just barely be safe – or “just barely made it”.

8. もうわけございません – I am deeply sorry

Possibly one of the most practical phrases on this list for polite scenarios. 申し訳ございません (mōshi wake gozaimasen) is a very formal and sincere apology often used in business or customer service situations.

This phrase utilizes humble form keigo. It literally translates to “I have no excuse” and should be used for very serious apologies.  It is important in Japanese culture to also express your apology with your body language.  This means bowing deeply – and showing in your face you mean your apology.

9. とりあえず – For now…

This is usually used at the beginning of a Japanese sentence to mean, “meanwhile, I will …” or “for now”.  Although it often appears in anime,  you can use this in a variety of different situations!

It can be used in either casual or formal settings.  It is often used in in business settings to complement explanations.

10. ひさしぶり! – Long time no see!

久しぶり (hisashi buri) is a commonly used Japanese phrase in anime – and also in real life!  It’s just like “long time no see” in English.

There isn’t a set time-span for using this phrase, but anywhere past a month or so should be fine!

Use this with friends or family. Or, if you want to be polite you can say お久しぶりです。 Adding the お at the beginning and the です at the end makes it more formal!

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