10 Phrases from Japanese Anime that you can actually use!
Learning from Japanese Anime?
Do you watch Japanese anime to learn Japanese? Are you worried that you sound too much like an Anime character 😀
In this blog, we will share with you some natural ways to use the words that you are learning when you watch Naruto or Attack on Titan.
Here are the top 10 phrases commonly used in Japanese Anime that you can use to converse with your Japanese friends!
1. あきらめないで – Never give up!
You can use this phrase to encourage your co-workers, friends or loved ones (or anyone who is having a hard time).
For instance, when your Japanese friend is struggling to learn English and is on the verge of giving up, you can encourage them by saying あきらめないで! which means never give up or don’t give up!
Or you can say “I am glad I didn’t give up” あきらめなくてよかった！
2. ちょっとまって (ください) – Wait a moment! or Please wait for a moment!
You can use this phrase when you want someone to wait for you awhile.
ちょっとまって is a more casual form as compared to 、ちょっとまってください which is more polite.
For example, When your friend is walking too fast, you can say ちょっとまって！ OR ちょっとまってください！
In English, “one second” means wait a moment but, in Japanese, “one second” means “いちびょう” which might not be understood. This is one example of the dangers of direct translation. 😀
3. よかった – Thank goodness!
In English – this would be closest to the expression – thank goodness. In anime you may see a parent exclaim, よかった when they found their lost child.
Another instance would be when someone finds their phone or wallet after seemingly losing it. They would sigh and exclaim よかった.
Alternatively, when your friend found his/her lost wallet, you can say よかったね～ which can mean good for you or that’s great!
This is a casual expression. And one that indicates relief and gratitude. You can use it in casual situations like between friends and coworkers.
4. しかたない or しょうがない – Can’t be helped
This expression is used to indicate that something is a foregone conclusion from a negative sense.
For example – you have to cancel a family trip due to weather – it can’t be helped. しかたない or しょうがない
You will hear this expression often in Anime. And it is a somewhat casual expression to be used between coworkers and friends.
5. りょうかい – Roger!
りょうかい or りょうかいです can be used informally to your friends or family! It is an affirmation which means “yes, I’ve got it!”
It is used to indicate that you understand something and you will execute on the persons request.
For example, when your mom asks you to buy eggs from the supermarket, you can use りょうかい or りょうかいです。
If you reply to your mom, it would be りょうかい as the conversation is casual.
6. ちがう- Not right, the wrong way
Your Japanese friend would say ちがう to you if you are using a certain word wrongly or you are heading the wrong way.
Or ちがいます in a more formal and polite form.
7. がんばって- All the best!
You will come across this phrase very often in Anime.
Like あきらめないで, がんばって means all the best or do your best!
You can often hear this being shouted at sports matched and marathons in Japan.
8. いやだ – No way!
If your Japanese friend forces you to go to a haunted house, you can say いやだ!
Or if you don’t want to do something and you are being childish, you can say いやだ!
いやだ simply means refusal to do something or you do not want to do it.
9. すげえ or すごい – Awesome!
Yes,すげえ is mainly used by boys and it is super casual.
On the other hand, すごい is a casual form. However, if you say すごいです, it would be more polite.
Instances such as if you are a boy, when your Japanese friend scored highly on an exam, you can say すげえ!
Or when you can use すごい when you feel happy for your friends accomplishment, “ええ？すごいじゃん！”
10. しんじられない- I don’t believe it!
Passing JLPT N1 or a hard exam which you thought you never could?
You can use しんじられない! in a state of disbelief.
Now with these Japanese anime phrases, you can level up your Japanese and have fun using them in the real world.
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