100 Basic Japanese Vocabularies

We believe in learning the most important vocabularies first to start off your learning journey on the right foot. The list below contains 100 of the most frequently used Japanese vocabularies. For more vocabularies like that, check out our yellow vocabulary book towards the end of this page.

EnglishJapanese
I私 (watashi)
youあなた (anata)
he彼 (kare)
she彼女 (kanojo)
itそれ (sore)
we私達 (watashi tachi)
youあなた達 (anata tachi)
they彼ら (kare ra)
what何 (nani)
who誰 (dare)
whereどこ (doko)
whyなぜ (naze)
howどのように (dono yō ni)
whichどれ (dore)
whenいつ (itsu)
thenそして (soshite)
ifもし (moshi)
really本当に (hontō ni)
butでも (de mo)
becauseだから (da kara)
notではない (de wa nai)
thisこれ (kore)
thatあれ (are)
all全て (subete)
or又は (mata wa)
andと (to)
to know知る (shiru)
to think考える (kangaeru)
to come来る (kuru)
to put置く (oku)
to take取る (toru)
to find見つける (mitsukeru)
to listen聞く (kiku)
to work働く (hataraku)
to talk話す (hanasu)
to give与える (ataeru)
to like好む (konomu)
to help助ける (tasukeru)
to love愛する (aisuru)
to call電話する (denwa suru)
to wait待つ (matsu)
0零 (rei)
1一 (ichi)
2二 (ni)
3三 (san)
4四 (yon/shi)
5五 (go)
6六 (roku)
7七 (nana)
8八 (hachi)
9九 (kyū)
10十 (jū)
11十一 (jū ichi)
12十二 (jū ni)
13十三 (jū san)
14十四 (jū yon)
15十五 (jū go)
16十六 (jū roku)
17十七 (jū nana)
18十八 (jū hachi)
19十九 (jū kyū)
20二十 (nijū)
new新しい (atarashī)
old古い (furui)
few少ない (sukunai)
many多い (ōi)
wrong間違った (machigatta)
correct正しい (tadashī)
bad悪い (warui)
good良い (yoi)
happy嬉しい (ureshī)
short短い (mijikai)
long長い (nagai)
small小さい (chīsai)
big大きな (ōkina)
thereあそこ (asoko)
hereここ (koko)
right右 (migi)
left左 (hidari)
beautiful美しい (utsukushī)
young若い (wakai)
old年寄り (toshiyori)
helloこんにちは (konnichiwa)
okはい (hai)
of courseもちろん (mochiron)
bye byeまたね (mata ne)
good byeさようなら (sayōnara)
excuse meすみません (sumimasen)
sorryごめんなさい (gomen nasai)
thank youありがとうございます (arigatō gozaimasu)
pleaseお願いします (o negaishimasu)
now今 (ima)
hour時 (ji)
minute分 (bun)
second秒 (byō)
day日 (hi)
week週 (shū)
month月 (tsuki)
year年 (toshi)
evening夕方 (yūgata)
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