Car in Japanese

Welcome to the Rocket Japanese lesson on cars – 車! 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!

How to pronounce car in Japanese

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

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 ( 整備士) 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

Furontogarasu

windshield

ドア

ドア

Doa

door

トランク

トランク

Toranku

trunk

しゃりん

車輪

Sharin

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

Sanrūfu

sun roof

テールライト

テールライト

Tēruraito

tail light

ほうこうしじとう

方向指示灯

Hōkōshijitō

turn signal

ひじょうしんごう

非常信号

Hijyōshingō

emergency signal

I hope you enjoyed this lesson! There's plenty of English-based vocabulary so it should be piece of cake! Next time you’re driving somewhere, take some time and think about the different parts of your car in Japanese as you go.

Here are a few recommended Japanese lessons to try next!

安全運転をお願いします!Anzen unten o onegaishimasu! Drive carefully!

Sayōnara!

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Sayaka Matsuura
Rocket Japanese