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Car in Japanese

Welcome to the Rocket Japanese lesson on cars – くるま (kuruma)! In this lesson, we’ll cover tons of car vocabulary, from hoods to trunks and everything in between.

If you’re traveling to Japan and plan on renting or even buying a car in Japanese, this lesson will be very useful for you. You’ll want to be able to look over your rental and talk about it, as well as feel comfortable describing anything that might go wrong or need fixing while you’re on the road. After this lesson, you’ll be an expert!

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How to Pronounce "Car" in Japanese

Let's start with the word for "car" in Japanese:

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くるま

kuruma

car

Useful Car Vocabulary

If you’re traveling to Japan and plan on renting or even buying a car, these words will be very useful for you. You’ll want to be able to look over the car and talk about it, as well as feel comfortable describing anything that might go wrong or need fixing to a mechanic while you’re on the road.

モーター

モーター

mōtā

motor

フロントガラス

フロント ガラス

furonto garasu

windshield

ドア

ドア

doa

door

トランク

トランク

toranku

trunk

車輪

しゃりん

sharin

(vehicle) wheel

タイヤ

タイヤ

taiya

tire

ハブキャップ

ハブキャップ

Habukyappu

hub cap

ナンバープレート

ナンバープレート

nanbāpurēto

license plate

グリル

グリル

guriru

grill

バンパー

バンパー

banpā

bumper

ワイパー

ワイパー

waipā

windshield wiper

ルーフ

ルーフ

rūfu

roof

サンルーフ

サン ルーフ

san-rūfu

sun roof

テールライト

テール ライト 

tēru-raito

tail light

非常信号

ひじょう しんごう

hijō shingō

emergency signal (button)

I hope you enjoyed this lesson! When it comes to talking about cars, there's plenty of English-based vocabulary, so these words should be piece of cake to remember. Next time you’re driving somewhere, take some time to think about the different parts of your car in Japanese as you go. Here are a few recommended Japanese lessons to try next:

あんぜん うんてん を おねがいします (Anzen unten o onegaishimasu) "Please drive carefully"!

さようなら! (Sayōnara!) "Goodbye!"

Sayaka Matsuura: Rocket Japanese

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