Common Words and Phrases in Japanese Dramas, Movies, and Anime Part 2


Let’s continue the words that accompany the doki doki of our kokoro every time we binge on our favorite Japanese flix and dramas. Again, I apologize for any mistake in the original language, romanization, and English equivalent.

  • Koibito (恋人)

Hani (ハニー)

These are all equivalent to honey, sweetheart, darling, or baby.

  • Tsuma (妻)

Okusan (奥さん)

Waifu (ワイフ)

They all signify wife.

  • Otto (夫)

Hazubando (ハズバンド)

Danna (旦那)

And now this is the significant other-husband.

  • Okaasan (  おかあさん)

Kaachan (かあちゃん)

Mama (ママ)

There’s always a need to call the mother in every drama… and in real life.

  • Otousan (おとうさん)

Touchan (とうちゃん)

Oyaji (おやじ)

If you need to call mom, dad should be there too.

  • Oneesan [oNEHsan]( お姉さん)- older sister
  • Neechan (姉ちゃん)- older sister
  • Imouto (妹)_ younger sister
  • Oneesan [oNEEsan](お兄さん)- older brother
  • Otouto [oTOHto](弟)- younger brother
  • Senpai (先輩)- Senior
  • Kohai (後輩)- Junior
  • Obasan (叔母さん)- old woman
  • Ojisan (お爺さん)- old man
  • Hansamu (ハンサム)- handsome
  • Ikemen (イケメン)- handsome men
  • Kakkoii (格好良い)- cool
  • Kirei (きれい)- pretty
  • Matte (待って)

Matte kudasai (待ってください)

Chotto matte (ちょっと まって)

They all mean to say “Wait!”, “Wait a minute!” or “Wait a moment.”

  • Yameru (やめる)- Stop!
  • Iraishaimase (いらしゃいます)- Welcome!
  • Ganbatte! (がんばって) and Ganbare! (がんばれ) are all words of encouragement like “Good luck!” or “You can do it!”
  • Baka (馬鹿) [note: my personal favorite]- Stupid
  • Hontoni (本当に)- Really
  • Kawaii (かわいい)- Cute
  • Bosu (ボス)- Boss
  • Sugoi! (すごい)- Great or the best
  • Kanpai (乾杯)- Cheers!
  • Ittadakimasu (いただきます)- Equivalent to Bon appétit but more like “Thank1 you for the meal. I’m going to eat with gusto.”
  • Tanjoubi omedetou (誕生日おめでとう)- Happy birthday!
  • Damare! (黙れ)- This may sound more like “Shut up!”
  • Daijoubo[?] (大丈夫)- With a question mark is asking “Are you okay?” and just remove it to answer the same question.
  • Daijoubu desu ka? (大丈夫ですか?)- A more formal “Are you okay?”
  • Tadaima (ただいま)- I’m back or I’m home.
  • Okaerinasai (おかえりなさい)- Welcome back! (To answer Tadaima)
  • Wakarimasu (わかります), Wakarimashita(わかりました) and Wakatta (わかった) may all signify “I know”or“I understand.”
  • Wakarimasen (わかりません)- I don’t know.
  • Gomen nasai (ごめんなさい)- I’m sorry.
  • Sumimasen (すみません)_ Excuse me.
  • Kudasai (ください)- Please
  • Tasukete (助けて)- Help
  • Ai tai (会いたい)- May signify “I miss you” but more like “I want to see you.”
  • Arigato (ありがとう) and Arigato gozaimasu (ありがとうございます) all mean “Thank you.”
  • Suki desu(好きです), suki da(好きだ), suki dayo(好きだよ), and daisuki(大好き) can all mean “I like you”, the romantic kind, or “I love you.”
  • Aishiteru (愛してる)- I love you.

Hope you had fun remembering these words. I’ll be taking on the challenge of words and phrases in Taiwanese dramas next time. Arigato!

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