Learn Japanese With Animal Crossing – Characters and Vocabulary

Posted by on June 12, 2020 – Japanese Study
Learn Characters and Japanese Vocabulary with Animal Crossing

Learn Japanese Vocabulary From Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a great and fun resource for anyone looking to learn Japanese from Video Games. In the video above, Akiko-sensei shows us some key words and characters in Animal Crossing: New Horizons!

This article includes a written guide to the video above to help you learn Japanese from Animal Crossing!

Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Characters

Tom Nook – たぬきち (Tanukichi)

Learn Japanese with Animal Crossing: Tom Nook

Tom Nook/たぬきち is the founder and owner of Nook Inc. (ヌーク株式会社).

He acts as a leader figure on the island, and is the one who gives you the (outrageous) loans you need to start the game! He is also the one to speak to regarding real estate related things in the game.

Isabelle – しずえ (Shizue)

Learn Japanese with Animal Crossing: Isabelle - Shizue

Isabelle/しずえ works with Tom Nook on the island. She helps support the players on the island in various ways, especially when they first get started.

Timmy and Tommy – まめきち (Mamekichi) とつぶきち (Tsubukichi)

Learn Japanese with Animal Crossing: Timmy and Tommy - まめきちとつぶきち

Timmy/まめきち and Tommy/つぶきち are the nephew’s of Tom Nook. They help out in various ways in the game, such as working in Nook’s Cranny.

They are helpful when it comes to buying or selling items on the island – such as fishing poles and other tools.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Vocabulary

This list includes the vocabulary Akiko-sensei taught us in the video above, but we will be updating it so that it grows into a more developed and catagorized translation guide!

くだもの – Fruits

りんご – Apples
さくらんぼ – Cherries
ヤシのみ – Coconuts
もも – Peaches
なし – Pears
オレンジ – Orange

もの – Things/Materials

きのえだ – branch/twig
かたいもくざい – Hard wood/logs
やわらかいもくざい – Soft wood/logs
もくざい – Wood/logs
ねんど – Clay
てっこうせき – Iron Nugget
いし – Stone
たまご – Eggs
ベル – Bells (the Island’s currency)

さかな – Fish

釣り/釣る – Fishing/to Fish
コイ – Koi
クマノミ – Clark’s Anemone Fish

むし – Bugs

フナムシ – Sea Cockroach
ハンミョウ – Japanese Tiger Beetle
タランチュラ – Tarantula

どうぐ – Tools

たかとびぼう – Pole Vault
あみ – Bug net
パチンコ – Slingshot
スコップ – Shovel

場所/建物 – Places/Buildings

はくぶつかん(博物館)- Fossil Museum
むじんとう(無人島)- Deserted Island
ひこうじょう(飛行場)- Airport
あんないしょ(案内所)- Information Board/Information Center

That’s all for now!

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