Basic Japanese Words

Here are some Japanese words for meeting and greeting people, so that you can be polite in any new situation. You'll soon be able to hold your own in any social situation.

More Japanese words & vocabulary

Here are some great lessons that will help you learn a whole bunch of basic Japanese words for things. Even if you can't make a complete sentence in Japanese, these Japanese words will help you to get your ideas across.

There's tons of free content including word lists, English translations, step-by-step explanations, and the amazing Rocket Record voice comparison technology to make sure your pronunciation is perfect. All you need to be understood in any Japanese situation.

You'll also get some great tips on how to count, tell the time, and recognize the days of the week in Japanese. With these skills you'll soon be on your way to making appointments, and keeping them. That means you'll be able to look after business, book a table, or get your hair done confident that you'll get there on time.

Polite Japanese words

Learn how to say "thank you" in Japanese, "excuse me", "sorry", and use other polite Japanese words and phrases with confidence. 

Colors in Japanese
Colors are some of the words you’ll utilize most when speaking Japanese. You’ll be surprised how often you use color words to describe things on a daily basis. After this lesson you’ll be a master of the colors in Japanese! 

Food in Japanese
Learn how to say food in Japanese along with some of the most common words for food items in Japanese which are sure to get your mouth watering. Let's tuck in to this lesson!

Seasons & Months of the Year in Japanese
Do you know the Japanese words for the seasons and months of the year? You will after this free online lesson! Whether you’re traveling in Japan, or having a conversation with native Japanese speakers, these are useful words to know.

If you want more on Japanese words then check these out!

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Test yourself with the Rocket Japanese testing tools! Improve your knowledge of Japanese!

Note that the tests below are listed from easiest to hardest.

Hear It Say It!

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Improve your understanding of spoken Japanese. With Hear it Say it! you can tune your ear to Japanese, increase your vocabulary and improve your pronunciation at the same time! Ready?

  • Click the Get Started button below
  • LISTEN to the audio (and touch up your pronunciation with Rocket Record if you like; Chrome/Firefox/Edge desktop browsers only)
  • Click REVEAL to see the word/phrase and see the translation
  • Just click your RATING to continue

See how many words you've rated at each level below. Just click on the number below each rating to review your words and phrases.

Write It!

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Write it! helps you to improve your written Japanese and your understanding of sentence structures. Just listen to the audio and type in what you hear!

  • Click the Get Started button below
  • LISTEN to the audio
  • WRITE down, in Japanese, what you hear
  • Click REVEAL to see the word/phrase and see the translation
  • Your answer will be automatically RATED, just click the rating to continue

Tip!

Click the keyboard icon for a Japanese keyboard

Know It!

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Know it! tests you on your ability to translate English to Japanese! Ready?

  • Click the Get Started button below
  • READ the word/phrase
  • RECORD yourself saying it in Japanese (Chrome/Firefox/Edge desktop browsers only)
  • Click REVEAL to see the word/phrase in Japanese and listen to the Japanese audio

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