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Sports in Japanese

Let’s get warmed up and ready to talk about sports in Japanese!

Everyone has their favorite sport and most countries tend to have favorite national sports. America is the home of baseball for example. The national sport of Japan is sumo wrestling but the Japanese are also particularly fond of baseball, or 野球 (yakyū).

Sports in Japanese

There are an endless number of sports to talk about but in this lesson, we’ll go over the most common ones. On your mark, get set, go!

The Japanese are also well known for different martial arts or wrestling sports. Here are a few that you might have heard of before:

When making conversation with a new Japanese speaking friend, you may want to ask the following questions...

Right, I’m getting worn out from all this talk about sports. Time for a water break!

I hope we’ve covered your favorite sport. Next time you are watching or playing your favorite sport, think about it in Japanese. And when you meet a Japanese speaker, strike up a conversation about sports to put your practice to good use!

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