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Can You Learn Japanese from Watching Anime?

Can You Learn Japanese from Watching Anime?

So, you want to know if you can learn Japanese from watching anime.
With almost all answers from me, the response is it depends. Yes and no.

We’re in for a long read here, so just to start off, I’m going to shoot out a bunch of yes no answers real quick:

  • No, you can’t learn Japanese JUST from watching anime (unless you’re some kind of genius).
  • Yes, you can IMPROVE your Japanese from watching anime
  • No, you should not speak Japanese like how anime characters do
  • No, this doesn’t mean you can’t learn other things from anime such as vocabulary terms and grammar patterns
  • Yes, You can spend years studying Japanese formally at university or any other kind of institution, and still learn things from watching anime, even if it’s just a new vocabulary or common phrase here and there.
  • Yes, there are certain types or genres of anime much more suited to learning from (romantic comedies set in a school campus are much more friendly than science fiction mecha series with an overload of technical jargon).
  • Yes anime is cool as hell, no matter how old you become.
  • And lastly, but most relevantly now: No, watching anime is nowhere near the most efficient way to learn Japanese.

This is where my personal advice comes in:

If you intend to start studying Japanese seriously, as in you have a set goal to be this level within this amount of time or are going to be moving to Japan or anything like that, do not put hard time and effort into trying to learn Japanese from anime. Instead, put that time and effort into studying more educational resources, and the ability to understand the Japanese in anime will naturally come along with that.

This approach that we’re going to talk about should only really apply to people who love anime, watch a lot of it, and want to turn that enjoyable experience into the seeds of an educational opportunity too , even if just super casually at first. For example,  maybe you’re in high school right now and plan to take Japanese classes and study it seriously in college, but have a couple of years and a lot of anime you’ll be wanting to watch until then. For example, maybe you’re not invested in learning the language enough to study kanji 2 hours every single day or are too shy to practice speaking to a stranger online for practice. But what you do do is watch an episode of anime every day while eating dinner or something. Even with something as simple as that, that’s 2.333 hours of being exposed to Japanese speech a week. If you been a fan of anime for even just a year, that’s roughly 120 hours total. The idea here is to take advantage of that decent amount of exposure and turn it from Japanese just sounding like an alien language to Japanese being something you’re able to at least make a bit of sense of and in turn have an opportunity to learn some new-say a new word, or phrase, or grammar pattern, from each line of dialogue you hear.

So basically, what you want to do is introduce yourself to the absolute basics of the language and reach a bare minimum level.

And the good news is that if you watch enough anime, it’s already very likely that you’ve done this, just to a lesser degree. Lots of anime fans will know and are likely to never forget the definitions of words like (Ready? Anime word recognition test in 3,2,1…) kanojo, kokoro, suki, baka, kawaii, senpai, tsundere, bakemono, chikara, daijoubu, ganbaru, jigoku, kareshi, mochiron, sasuga, sugoi, tomodachi, etc. despite never having learned hiragana (the Japanese characters) or what sounds the Japanese language even uses. Why? Simply because those words are among the most commonly used words in anime and after you’ve heard them so many times, they’ve become ingrained in your memory. We’re going by the same principle here. We just have to establish the foundation for it to happen for a wider range of words-and even further, for grammar.

And so, the approach that we’re going to recommend for people interested in accomplishing this is to:

Spend a good week or two at least learning the absolute basics of the Japanese language:

  • The letters, or more correctly termed, characters it uses. While there are three different writing systems for the Japanese language, they all use the same pronunciation, so you theoretically could get by with just learning the first of the three, hiragana, in the beginning. (1-4 days)
  • After that, you learn the basic sentence structure to Japanese sentences. (1 day)
  • Then get introduced to word types, adjectives, nouns, verbs, particles, etc. and get an idea of how to distinguish a given word as one of those types. (1-5 days)

So now you might be going, whoa, whoa, whoa, 1-2 weeks to learn all that information? Just because you’re calling it the basics, doesn’t mean it takes that little time to learn.

Well, let’s see if we can boost your confidence a bit by doing a condensed, proportional example version right now and get a glimpse of the process. First, we’ll try to introduce you to the utmost introductory information about each of those subjects, then we’ll jump into an example line from an anime and break it down with just that information.

-We are going to skip hiragana/katakana/kanji because that simply cannot be taught in the span of a few minutes-

Basic Japanese Sentence Structure (loosely the opposite order of English sentence structure):

In English:
I ate a hamburger.”
(SUBJECT > VERB > OBJECT)

In Japanese:
“Watashi wa hamburger o tabemashita.”
私はハンバーガーを食べました。
(Literal English translation: “I hamburger ate.”)
(SUBJECT > OBJECT > VERB)
*plus particles after NOUN words to mark them as such, e.g. topic/subject marker particle wa after the noun watashi to mark it as the subject/topic and direct object marker o after the noun hamburger to mark it as the direct object

Japanese Word Types:

Adjectives: 2 Types. What we call i-adjectives (い) and na-adjectives (な). i-adjectives are called that because they end in the i-sound. On the other hand, na adjectives can end in anything and are called that because the character na appears after them when they modify nouns.

Nouns: The most vast word group, these words can end in essentially any character/sound.

Verbs: Also a very vast word group. Has the most forms of conjugation, which take a lot of time to learn but become easier to distinguish once done (e.g. words ending in (ました, ませんでした, etc. are obvious verb words). Generally divided into two sub-groups, ru-verbs and u-verbs, because they end in ru (る) and u (う) respectively. However, this only applies when they are in what is called the Dictionary Form, which is the superficial equivalent of the present/future tense in English.

です (desu) and だ (da): A copula, a word used to link subject and predicate. Usually marks the end of a clause or sentence.

Now, a short and simple line from one of my favorite anime series, One Piece.

ルフィは海賊王になる男だ!
“Luffy wa kaizokuou ni naru otoko da!”
(Literal translation: “Luffy is Pirate King become man!”)
(Proper translation: “Luffy is the man who will become Pirate King!”)

Of course, the English translation of the line right there is going to be something you’ll be given if you’re watching the show with subtitles. The Japanese line we have provided and written out is something you’d have to pick up yourself by ear. It goes without saying that this is why learning at least hiragana would be important.

Now for the analysis. How many of these words in this Japanese line, of the seven, do we recognize with our current knowledge?

  • (Luffy/ルフィ) = name of character = noun (also appears before subject/topic marker wa, which means it is a subject/topic/noun)
  • (wa/は) = particle/topic marker
  • (kaizokuou/海賊王) – one of the words we’re likely to not know as a complete beginner
  • (ni/に) = particle
  • (naru/なる) = another word we’re likely to not know as complete beginners, but from what we just learned, we could assume it’s a verb because the ru ending
  • (otoko/男) = the last of three words here that we’re likely to not know, but we might be able to presume that it’s maybe a noun based on the spelling
  • (da/だ) = copula to end the sentence.

So, four out of seven. Not bad. This gives us:

“Luffy is [UNKNOWN NOUN] [UNKNOWN VERB] [UNKNOWN NOUN].”

The only verb in the English translation we have available is “become”, so then we now have:

“Luffy is [UNKNOWN NOUN] become [UNKNOWN NOUN].”

We know from Japanese sentence structure that object type words such as direct objects, indirect objects, etc. are positioned before the verb action unlike in English where they appear after the verb.

So this means the word positioned before our verb, naru/なる, is connected to the action. We refer to the English translation and see that that word is “pirate king”. So then we confirm that kaizokuou/海賊王 means “pirate king.”

“Luffy is Pirate King become [UNKNOWN NOUN].”

Which leaves the last unknown word to become the last word left in our English translations, “man.” Thus, otoko/男 means “man.”

“Luffy is Pirate King become man.”

While this is our definitive answer when it comes to meaning, but we do need to naturalize it to make it sounds like proper English.

”Luffy is the man who will become Pirate King.”

In the end, if we didn’t take the time to learn about Japanese sentence structure, verb words, noun words, adjectives, particles, etc. we would not have had any means to engage in this process of elimination and potentially learn 3 new words from one line of dialogue: kaizokuou/海賊王 means “pirate king,” naru/なる means “to become,” otoko/男 means “man.”

Even if you’re not catching the Japanese lines by ear perfectly and are barely only making sense of two of the seven words-say you only heard the “ni naru” part of that sentence, that can still be good for you because it’s reaffirming for you various nuances about the language such as the fact that you use the particle ni with naru to make the grammar pattern that is “to become.” Admittedly, ni naru is perhaps an overly simple example, but there are in fact a lot of verbs out there wherein it’s hard to remember whether to use them with the particle ni/に or some other particle like o/を.

 

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「Anime Vocabulary」 Dragon Ball Super #69. (#WatchAnimeWithoutSubtitles Challenge)

「Anime Vocabulary」 Dragon Ball Super #69. (#WatchAnimeWithoutSubtitles Challenge)

Welcome to Anime Vocabulary, our #WatchAnimeWithoutSubtitlesChallenge series! Each of these videos covers an individual episode of an anime series and presents a list of the stand-out vocabulary terms used in the episode that you need to know in order to understand the dialogue (in terms of vocabulary, at least, knowing grammar of course is another substantial part of the equation). So, take some time to study the vocabulary list presented at the beginning of the video and then continue onto the flash-card-style video quiz for a preliminary memory practice before you dive into the true test of watching the actual episode for the first time (or re-watch it) and try to recognize the words as they are spoken at a natural conversational pace! Follow along as we cover various anime series on an episode-by-episode basis, and even sometimes top off our entire coverage with two additional segments: the ten most common words used in an entire series of anime and all vocabulary terms used in an entire series of anime! Last but not least, leave a comment below or on any of our other social channels and let us know which one of your favorite anime series you’d like us to cover next!

Vocabulary List:

科学者 (かがくしゃ/kagakusha) – ‘scientist’
発表 (はっぴょう/happyou) – ‘announcement, publication, presenting, statement, communique, making known, breaking (news story), expressing (one’s opinion), releasing, unveiling’
頭突き (ずつき/zutsuki) – ‘head-butting, head-butt’
地球 (ちきゅう/chikyuu) – ‘the earth, the globe’
会場 (かいじょう/kaijou) – ‘assembly hall, meeting place, venue, grounds’
至急 (しきゅう/shikyuu) – ‘urgent, pressing’
留守番 (るすばん/rusuban) – ‘care-taking, house-sitting, house-watching, staying at home, caretaker, house-sitter’
天才 (てんさい/tensai) – ‘genius, prodigy, natural gift’
写真集 (しゃしんしゅう/shashinshuu) – ‘collection of photographs, photoalbum’
異存 (いぞん/izon) – ‘objection’
贈呈 (ぞうてい/zoutei) – ‘presentation (e.g. of a gift, etc.)’
招待 (しょうたい/shoutai) – ‘invitation’
原作 (げんさく/gensaku) – ‘original work’
脱走 (だっそう/dassou) – ‘desertion, escape’
見せ場 (みせば/miseba) – ‘highlight scene (of play)’
悲鳴 (ひめい/himei) – ‘shriek, scream’
退屈 (たいくつ/taikutsu) – ‘tedium, boredom’
でたらめ (でたらめ/detarame) – ‘irresponsible utterance, nonsense, bullshit, codswallop, random, haphazard, unsystematic’
常識 (じょうしき/joushiki) – ‘common sense, good sense, common knowledge, general knowledge, common practice, accepted practice, social etiquette’
反則 (はんそく/hansoku) – ‘foul play (sport), breaking the rules, infringement, irregularity’
届け (とどけ/todoke) – ‘report, notification, registration’
心当たり (こころあたり/kokoroatari) – ‘having some knowledge of, happening to know’

*The vocabulary list provided above is likely a shortened version of the original. For the full-length vocabulary list file (with example sentences from the episode) that can also be imported into flash-card, studying applications such as Anki, refer below or to our Downloads section. 

Quizlet Link: https://quizlet.com/177330804/dragon-ball-super-69-vocabulary-list-watchanimewithoutsubtitles-challenge-flash-cards/

Download:


This content is a part of the Anime Line of the Day and Anime Vocabulary series of our curriculum.
Check out more videos from the Learn Japanese with Anime playlist on our Learning Japanese YouTube Channel here.

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「Anime Vocabulary」 Dragon Ball Super #68. (#WatchAnimeWithoutSubtitles Challenge)

「Anime Vocabulary」 Dragon Ball Super #68. (#WatchAnimeWithoutSubtitles Challenge)

Welcome to Anime Vocabulary, our #WatchAnimeWithoutSubtitlesChallenge series! Each of these videos covers an individual episode of an anime series and presents a list of the stand-out vocabulary terms used in the episode that you need to know in order to understand the dialogue (in terms of vocabulary, at least, knowing grammar of course is another substantial part of the equation). So, take some time to study the vocabulary list presented at the beginning of the video and then continue onto the flash-card-style video quiz for a preliminary memory practice before you dive into the true test of watching the actual episode for the first time (or re-watch it) and try to recognize the words as they are spoken at a natural conversational pace! Follow along as we cover various anime series on an episode-by-episode basis, and even sometimes top off our entire coverage with two additional segments: the ten most common words used in an entire series of anime and all vocabulary terms used in an entire series of anime! Last but not least, leave a comment below or on any of our other social channels and let us know which one of your favorite anime series you’d like us to cover next!

Vocabulary List:

物質 (ぶっしつ/busshitsu) – ‘material, substance, matter’
地底 (ちてい/chitei) – ‘depths of the earth’
後回し (あとまわし/atomawashi) – ‘putting off, postponing’
行き来 (いきき/ikiki) – ‘coming and going, keeping in touch, visiting each other, street traffic, highway’
甲殻類 (こうかくるい/koukakurui) – ‘crustacean’
お釣り (おつり/otsuri) – ‘change (i.e. money), balance’
器具 (きぐ/kigu) – ‘utensil, apparatus, implement, device, gadget’
禁止 (きんし/kinshi) – ‘prohibition, inhibition, ban’
前科 (ぜんか/zenka) – ‘previous conviction, criminal record, previous offense, previous offence’
老い先 (おいさき/oisaki) – ‘remaining years (of one’s life)’
老人 (ろうじん/roujin) – ‘the aged, old person’
野望 (やぼう/yabou) – ‘ambition, aspiration, designs, treachery’
居候 (いそうろう/isourou) – ‘lodger who pays nothing for room and board, freeloader, sponger’
潤い (うるおい/uruoi) – ‘moisture, damp, wetness, richness, warmth, gain, profit, financial leeway’
教育 (きょういく/kyouiku) – ‘training, education’
苦労 (くろう/kurou) – ‘troubles, hardships’
不覚 (ふかく/fukaku) – ‘failure, defeat, mistake, blunder, negligence, indiscretion, unconsciousness’
口約束 (くちやくそく/kuchiyakusoku) – ‘verbal promise, one’s word’
生きがい (いきがい/ikigai) – ‘something one lives for, purpose in life’
起動 (きどう/kidou) – ‘startup, booting up, activation, starting (e.g. engine, computer), launch’
顔負け (かおまけ/kaomake) – ‘feeling embarrassed, being put to shame, bowing to’
変態 (へんたい/hentai) – ‘transformation, metamorphosis, abnormality, pervert’

*The vocabulary list provided above is likely a shortened version of the original. For the full-length vocabulary list file (with example sentences from the episode) that can also be imported into flash-card, studying applications such as Anki, refer below or to our Downloads section. 

Quizlet Link: https://quizlet.com/177330742/dragon-ball-super-68-vocabulary-list-watchanimewithoutsubtitles-challenge-flash-cards/

Download:


This content is a part of the Anime Line of the Day and Anime Vocabulary series of our curriculum.
Check out more videos from the Learn Japanese with Anime playlist on our Learning Japanese YouTube Channel here.

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「Anime Vocabulary」 Dragon Ball Super #67. (#WatchAnimeWithoutSubtitles Challenge)

「Anime Vocabulary」 Dragon Ball Super #67. (#WatchAnimeWithoutSubtitles Challenge)

Welcome to Anime Vocabulary, our #WatchAnimeWithoutSubtitlesChallenge series! Each of these videos covers an individual episode of an anime series and presents a list of the stand-out vocabulary terms used in the episode that you need to know in order to understand the dialogue (in terms of vocabulary, at least, knowing grammar of course is another substantial part of the equation). So, take some time to study the vocabulary list presented at the beginning of the video and then continue onto the flash-card-style video quiz for a preliminary memory practice before you dive into the true test of watching the actual episode for the first time (or re-watch it) and try to recognize the words as they are spoken at a natural conversational pace! Follow along as we cover various anime series on an episode-by-episode basis, and even sometimes top off our entire coverage with two additional segments: the ten most common words used in an entire series of anime and all vocabulary terms used in an entire series of anime! Last but not least, leave a comment below or on any of our other social channels and let us know which one of your favorite anime series you’d like us to cover next!

Vocabulary List:

正義 (せいぎ/seigi) – ‘justice, right, righteousness, correct meaning’
不快 (ふかい/fukai) – ‘unpleasant, displeasure, discomfort’
秩序 (ちつじょ/chitsujo) – ‘order, regularity, system, method’
起動 (きどう/kidou) – ‘startup, booting up, activation, starting (e.g. engine, computer), launch’
不足 (ふそく/fusoku) – ‘insufficiency, shortage, deficiency, lack, dearth’
弟子 (でし/deshi) – ‘pupil, disciple, adherent, follower, apprentice, young person, teacher’s student-helper’
日柄 (ひがら/higara) – ‘lucky or unlucky aspect of a given day’
消滅 (しょうめつ/shoumetsu) – ‘extinction, extinguishment, disappearance, vanishing, termination, lapse, annihilation’
退治 (たいじ/taiji) – ‘extermination (e.g. of pests, demons, bandits), elimination, eradication, suppression, making someone renounce worldly desires in order to concentrate on Buddha’s teachings, curing illness’
不死身 (ふじみ/fujimi) – ‘invulnerability, immortality, insensibility to pain’
封印 (ふういん/fuuin) – ‘seal, stamp, to stamp, to affix a seal, to seal up, to seal off’
達者 (たっしゃ/tassha) – ‘in good health, healthy, well, robust, strong, skilled, clever, proficient’
食料 (しょくりょう/shokuryou) – ‘food’
失恋 (しつれん/shitsuren) – ‘disappointed love, broken heart, unrequited love, being lovelorn’
死闘 (しとう/shitou) – ‘life or death struggle, mortal combat, struggle to the death’
及ぼす (およぼす/oyobosu) – ‘to exert, to cause, to exercise’
見詰める (みつめる/mitsumeru) – ‘to stare at, to gaze at, to look hard at, to watch intently, to fix one’s eyes on’
免じる (めんじる/menjiru) – ‘to dismiss, to exempt’
見逃す (みのがす/minogasu) – ‘to miss, to overlook, to fail to notice, to turn a blind eye (to a wrongdoing etc.), to ignore, to pass up (an opportunity etc.)’

*The vocabulary list provided above is likely a shortened version of the original. For the full-length vocabulary list file (with example sentences from the episode) that can also be imported into flash-card, studying applications such as Anki, refer below or to our Downloads section. 

Quizlet Link: https://quizlet.com/170800389/dragon-ball-super-67-vocabulary-list-watchanimewithoutsubtitles-challenge-flash-cards/

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This content is a part of the Anime Line of the Day and Anime Vocabulary series of our curriculum.
Check out more videos from the Learn Japanese with Anime playlist on our Learning Japanese YouTube Channel here.

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「Anime Vocabulary」 Dragon Ball Super #66. (#WatchAnimeWithoutSubtitles Challenge)

「Anime Vocabulary」 Dragon Ball Super #66. (#WatchAnimeWithoutSubtitles Challenge)

Welcome to Anime Vocabulary, our #WatchAnimeWithoutSubtitlesChallenge series! Each of these videos covers an individual episode of an anime series and presents a list of the stand-out vocabulary terms used in the episode that you need to know in order to understand the dialogue (in terms of vocabulary, at least, knowing grammar of course is another substantial part of the equation). So, take some time to study the vocabulary list presented at the beginning of the video and then continue onto the flash-card-style video quiz for a preliminary memory practice before you dive into the true test of watching the actual episode for the first time (or re-watch it) and try to recognize the words as they are spoken at a natural conversational pace! Follow along as we cover various anime series on an episode-by-episode basis, and even sometimes top off our entire coverage with two additional segments: the ten most common words used in an entire series of anime and all vocabulary terms used in an entire series of anime! Last but not least, leave a comment below or on any of our other social channels and let us know which one of your favorite anime series you’d like us to cover next!

Vocabulary List:

合体 (がったい/gattai) – ‘union, coalescence, amalgamation, combination, alliance, annexation, incorporation, copulation, penetration’
不死身 (ふじみ/fujimi) – ‘invulnerability, immortality, insensibility to pain’
正義 (せいぎ/seigi) – ‘justice, right, righteousness, correct meaning’
失敗 (しっぱい/shippai) – ‘failure, mistake, blunder’
勝機 (しょうき/shouki) – ‘chance of winning, way to prevail’
影響 (えいきょう/eikyou) – ‘influence, effect, to influence, to affect, to have an influence on, to impact, to have an effect on’
変身 (へんしん/henshin) – ‘metamorphosis, disguise, transformation, shapeshifting, morphing’
決着 (けっちゃく/kecchaku) – ‘conclusion, decision, end, settlement’
模倣 (もほう/mohou) – ‘imitation, copying’
偉大 (いだい/idai) – ‘greatness’
がら空き (がらあき/garaaki) – ‘virtually empty, quite empty, inadequately defended, defenseless, defenceless’
理屈 (りくつ/rikutsu) – ‘theory, reason’
ざんげ (さんげ/sange) – ‘repentance, confession, penitence’
不要 (ふよう/fuyou) – ‘unnecessary, unneeded’
敗北 (はいぼく/haiboku) – ‘defeat, to be defeated’
永遠 (えいえん/eien) – ‘eternity, perpetuity, immortality, permanence’
象徴 (しょうちょう/shouchou) – ‘symbol’
務め (つとめ/tsutome) – ‘service, duty, business, responsibility, task, Buddhist religious services’
浄化 (じょうか/jouka) – ‘purification, cleanup’

*The vocabulary list provided above is likely a shortened version of the original. For the full-length vocabulary list file (with example sentences from the episode) that can also be imported into flash-card, studying applications such as Anki, refer below or to our Downloads section. 

Quizlet Link: https://quizlet.com/167699363/dragon-ball-super-66-vocabulary-list-watchanimewithoutsubtitles-challenge-flash-cards/

Download:


This content is a part of the Anime Line of the Day and Anime Vocabulary series of our curriculum.
Check out more videos from the Learn Japanese with Anime playlist on our Learning Japanese YouTube Channel here.

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「Anime Vocabulary」 Dragon Ball Super #65. (#WatchAnimeWithoutSubtitles Challenge)

「Anime Vocabulary」 Dragon Ball Super #65. (#WatchAnimeWithoutSubtitles Challenge)

Welcome to Anime Vocabulary, our #WatchAnimeWithoutSubtitlesChallenge series! Each of these videos covers an individual episode of an anime series and presents a list of the stand-out vocabulary terms used in the episode that you need to know in order to understand the dialogue (in terms of vocabulary, at least, knowing grammar of course is another substantial part of the equation). So, take some time to study the vocabulary list presented at the beginning of the video and then continue onto the flash-card-style video quiz for a preliminary memory practice before you dive into the true test of watching the actual episode for the first time (or re-watch it) and try to recognize the words as they are spoken at a natural conversational pace! Follow along as we cover various anime series on an episode-by-episode basis, and even sometimes top off our entire coverage with two additional segments: the ten most common words used in an entire series of anime and all vocabulary terms used in an entire series of anime! Last but not least, leave a comment below or on any of our other social channels and let us know which one of your favorite anime series you’d like us to cover next!

Vocabulary List:

裁き (さばき/sabaki) – ‘judgment, judgement, decision, verdict’
化け物 (ばけもの/bakemono) – ‘goblin, apparition, monster, ghost, phantom, spectre, specter’
自ら (みずから/mizukara) – ‘for one’s self, personally’
合体 (がったい/gattai) – ‘union, coalescence, amalgamation, combination, alliance, annexation, incorporation, copulation, penetration’
知恵 (ちえ/chie) – ‘wisdom, wit, sagacity, sense, intelligence, prajna (insight leading to enlightenment)’
調子 (ちょうし/choushi) – ‘tune, tone, key, pitch, time, rhythm, vein, mood, way, manner, style, knack, condition, state of health, impetus, spur of the moment, strain, trend’
過ち (あやまち/ayamachi) – ‘fault, error, indiscretion, faux pas’
光輪 (こうりん/kourin) – ‘halo (esp. in Christian art), nimbus’
愚か (おろか/oroka) – ‘foolish, stupid’
逆鱗 (げきりん/gekirin) – ‘imperial wrath, one’s superior’s anger’
地上 (ちじょう/chijou) – ‘above ground, surface, earth, world’
傲慢 (ごうまん/gouman) – ‘pride, haughtiness, arrogance, insolence, hubris’
建物 (たてもの/tatemono) – ‘building’
倒壊 (とうかい/toukai) – ‘destruction, collapse, crumbling’
確認 (かくにん/kakunin) – ‘confirmation, verification, validation, review, check, affirmation, identification’
正体 (しょうたい/shoutai) – ‘natural shape, one’s true colors, one’s true colours, true character, identity, true identity, consciousness, one’s senses’
加勢 (かせい/kasei) – ‘assistance, backing, reinforcements’

*The vocabulary list provided above is likely a shortened version of the original. For the full-length vocabulary list file (with example sentences from the episode) that can also be imported into flash-card, studying applications such as Anki, refer below or to our Downloads section. 

Quizlet Link: https://quizlet.com/166124806/dragon-ball-super-65-vocabulary-list-watchanimewithoutsubtitles-challenge-flash-cards/

Download:


This content is a part of the Anime Line of the Day and Anime Vocabulary series of our curriculum.
Check out more videos from the Learn Japanese with Anime playlist on our Learning Japanese YouTube Channel here.

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「Anime Vocabulary」 Dragon Ball Super #64. (#WatchAnimeWithoutSubtitles Challenge)

「Anime Vocabulary」 Dragon Ball Super #64. (#WatchAnimeWithoutSubtitles Challenge)

Welcome to Anime Vocabulary, our #WatchAnimeWithoutSubtitlesChallenge series! Each of these videos covers an individual episode of an anime series and presents a list of the stand-out vocabulary terms used in the episode that you need to know in order to understand the dialogue (in terms of vocabulary, at least, knowing grammar of course is another substantial part of the equation). So, take some time to study the vocabulary list presented at the beginning of the video and then continue onto the flash-card-style video quiz for a preliminary memory practice before you dive into the true test of watching the actual episode for the first time (or re-watch it) and try to recognize the words as they are spoken at a natural conversational pace! Follow along as we cover various anime series on an episode-by-episode basis, and even sometimes top off our entire coverage with two additional segments: the ten most common words used in an entire series of anime and all vocabulary terms used in an entire series of anime! Last but not least, leave a comment below or on any of our other social channels and let us know which one of your favorite anime series you’d like us to cover next!

Vocabulary List:

不死身 (ふじみ/fujimi) – ‘invulnerability, immortality, insensibility to pain’
封印 (ふういん/fuuin) – ‘seal, stamp, to stamp, to affix a seal, to seal up, to seal off’
風情 (ふぜい/fuzei) – ‘taste, elegance, charm, appearance, air, the likes of …, lowly people such as …’
お札 (おさつ/osatsu) – ‘bill, note (currency)’
急激 (きゅうげき/kyuugeki) – ‘sudden, precipitous, radical’
前菜 (ぜんさい/zensai) – ‘hors d’oeuvre, appetizer, appetiser, starter’
知性 (ちせい/chisei) – ‘intelligence’
油断 (ゆだん/yudan) – ‘negligence, carelessness, inattention, unpreparedness’
未到 (みとう/mitou) – ‘unreached, unattained, unachieved, unprecedented’
強敵 (きょうてき/kyouteki) – ‘formidable enemy, strong enemy, tough enemy’
万物 (ばんぶつ/banbutsu) – ‘all things, all creation’
証明 (しょうめい/shoumei) – ‘proof, verification, certification’
無力 (むりょく/muryoku) – ‘powerlessness, helplessness, incompetent’
敗北 (はいぼく/haiboku) – ‘defeat, to be defeated’
黙認 (もくにん/mokunin) – ‘connivance, tacit consent, toleration, acquiescence’

*The vocabulary list provided above is likely a shortened version of the original. For the full-length vocabulary list file (with example sentences from the episode) that can also be imported into flash-card, studying applications such as Anki, refer below or to our Downloads section. 

Quizlet Link: https://quizlet.com/177668384/dragon-ball-super-64-vocabulary-list-watchanimewithoutsubtitles-challenge-flash-cards/

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「Anime Vocabulary」 Dragon Ball Super #63. (#WatchAnimeWithoutSubtitles Challenge)

「Anime Vocabulary」 Dragon Ball Super #63. (#WatchAnimeWithoutSubtitles Challenge)

Welcome to Anime Vocabulary, our #WatchAnimeWithoutSubtitlesChallenge series! Each of these videos covers an individual episode of an anime series and presents a list of the stand-out vocabulary terms used in the episode that you need to know in order to understand the dialogue (in terms of vocabulary, at least, knowing grammar of course is another substantial part of the equation). So, take some time to study the vocabulary list presented at the beginning of the video and then continue onto the flash-card-style video quiz for a preliminary memory practice before you dive into the true test of watching the actual episode for the first time (or re-watch it) and try to recognize the words as they are spoken at a natural conversational pace! Follow along as we cover various anime series on an episode-by-episode basis, and even sometimes top off our entire coverage with two additional segments: the ten most common words used in an entire series of anime and all vocabulary terms used in an entire series of anime! Last but not least, leave a comment below or on any of our other social channels and let us know which one of your favorite anime series you’d like us to cover next!

Vocabulary List:

不死身 (ふじみ/fujimi) – ‘invulnerability, immortality, insensibility to pain’
天使 (てんし/tenshi) – ‘angel’
封印 (ふういん/fūin) – ‘seal, stamp, to stamp, to affix a seal, to seal up, to seal off’
弟子 (でし/deshi) – ‘pupil, disciple, adherent, follower, apprentice, young person, teacher’s student-helper’
偽者 (にせもの/nisemono) – ‘impostor, imposter, pretender, liar’
無茶 (むちゃ/mucha) – ‘absurd, unreasonable, excessive, rash, very, extremely, excessively’
用意 (ようい/yōi) – ‘preparation, arrangements, provision, getting ready, laying out (e.g. a meal)’
墓場 (はかば/hakaba) – ‘graveyard, cemetery’
限界 (げんかい/genkai) – ‘limit, bound’
誤算 (ごさん/gosan) – ‘miscalculation’
余裕 (よゆう/yoyū) – ‘surplus, margin, leeway, room, time, allowance, flexibility, scope, rope, composure, placidity, complacency, calm’
撤退 (てったい/tettai) – ‘evacuation, withdrawal, revocation, repeal, retreat’
細胞 (さいぼう/saibō) – ‘cell’
頼り (たより/tayori) – ‘reliance, dependence’
戦闘民族 (せんとうみんぞく/sentōminzoku) – ‘warrior race’
形見 (かたみ/katami) – ‘memento, souvenir’
強力 (きょうりょく/kyōryoku) – ‘powerful, strong’
通常 (つうじょう/tsūjō) – ‘common, general, normal, usual’
反撃 (はんげき/hangeki) – ‘counterattack, counteroffensive, counterblow’
本望 (ほんもう/honmō) – ‘long-cherished ambition, satisfaction’
冒涜 (ぼうとく/bōtoku) – ‘blasphemy, curse, profanity, sacrilege, desecration’
時空 (じくう/jikū) – ‘space-time’
往来 (おうらい/ōrai) – ‘coming and going, traffic, road, street, association, socializing, socialising, fellowship, recurring (e.g. thoughts), correspondence’
反省 (はんせい/hansei) – ‘reflection, reconsideration, introspection, meditation, contemplation, regret, repentance, remorse, being sorry’
計画 (けいかく/keikaku) – ‘plan, project, schedule, scheme, program, programme’
大詰め (おおづめ/ōzume) – ‘final scene, the end, finale’
到着 (とうちゃく/tōchaku) – ‘arrival’
狙撃 (そげき/sogeki) – ‘shooting, sniping’
悪あがき (わるあがき/waruagaki) – ‘useless resistance, vain struggle’

*The vocabulary list provided above is likely a shortened version of the original. For the full-length vocabulary list file (with example sentences from the episode) that can also be imported into flash-card, studying applications such as Anki, refer below or to our Downloads section. 

Quizlet Link: https://quizlet.com/163147951/dragon-ball-super-63-vocabulary-list-watchanimewithoutsubtitles-challenge-flash-cards/

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「Anime Vocabulary」 Dragon Ball Super #62. (#WatchAnimeWithoutSubtitles Challenge)

「Anime Vocabulary」 Dragon Ball Super #62. (#WatchAnimeWithoutSubtitles Challenge)

Welcome to Anime Vocabulary, our #WatchAnimeWithoutSubtitlesChallenge series! Each of these videos covers an individual episode of an anime series and presents a list of the stand-out vocabulary terms used in the episode that you need to know in order to understand the dialogue (in terms of vocabulary, at least, knowing grammar of course is another substantial part of the equation). So, take some time to study the vocabulary list presented at the beginning of the video and then continue onto the flash-card-style video quiz for a preliminary memory practice before you dive into the true test of watching the actual episode for the first time (or re-watch it) and try to recognize the words as they are spoken at a natural conversational pace! Follow along as we cover various anime series on an episode-by-episode basis, and even sometimes top off our entire coverage with two additional segments: the ten most common words used in an entire series of anime and all vocabulary terms used in an entire series of anime! Last but not least, leave a comment below or on any of our other social channels and let us know which one of your favorite anime series you’d like us to cover next!

Vocabulary List:

襲い掛かる (おそい かかる/osoikakaru) – ‘to rush on, to attack, to swoop down on’
凌駕 (りょうが/ryōga) – ‘excelling, surpassing, outdoing, superior’
火をつける (ひ を つける/hi o tsukeru) – ‘to ignite, to set fire to’
走らせる (はしら せる/hashiraseru) – ‘to dispatch, to make run’
容赦 (ようしゃ/yōsha) – ‘pardon, forgiveness, mercy’
断罪 (だんざい/danzai) – ‘judgment (of a crime), conviction, condemnation’
加勢 (かせい/kasei) – ‘assistance, backing, reinforcements’
説得力 (せっとく りょく/settoku ryoku) – ‘persuasiveness, persuasive power’
無駄にする (むだ に する/muda ni suru) – ‘to render futile, to bring to naught, to waste, to not make good use of’
排除 (はいじょ/haijo) – ‘exclusion, removal, rejection, elimination,’
健闘 (けんとう/kentō) – ‘fighting bravely, strenuous efforts’
警察官 (けいさつかん/keisatsukan) – ‘policemen, policeman, police officer’
市民 (しみん/shimin) – ‘citizen, townspeople’
夜遊び (よあそび/yoasobi) – ‘nightlife, night amusements’
不良 (ふりょう/furyō) – ‘badness, inferiority, delinquency, failure, defect, blemish’
生産 (せいさん/seisan) – ‘production, manufacture’
効率 (こうりつ/kōritsu) – ‘efficiency, efficacy, performance, utility factor’
成功 (せいこう/seikō) – ‘success, hit’
新製品 (しん せいひん/shin seihin) – ‘new product, new line (of products)’
治まる (おさまる/osamaru) – ‘to be at peace, to clamp down, to lessen (storm, terror, anger)’
包帯 (ほうたい/hōtai) – ‘bandage, dressing’
暴れ回る (あばれ まわる/abaremawaru) – ‘to rampage, to run riot’
乗っ取る (のっとる/nottoru) – ‘to capture, to hijack, to commandeer, to occupy, to usurp’
見習い (みならい/minarai) – ‘learn by observation, apprentice’
抜群 (ばつぐん/batsugun) – ‘preeminence, distinction, extraordinariness’
征服 (せいふく/seifuku) – ‘conquest, subjugation, overcoming’
試みる (こころみる/kokoromiru) – ‘to try, to test’
封印 (ふういん/fūin) – ‘seal, stamp’
時空 (じくう/jikū) – ‘space-time’
墓場 (はかば/hakaba) – ‘graveyard, cemetery’
修行 (しゅぎょう/shugyō) – ‘pursuit of knowledge, studying, learning, training, ascetic practice, ascetic practise, discipline’

*The vocabulary list provided above is likely a shortened version of the original. For the full-length vocabulary list file (with example sentences from the episode) that can also be imported into flash-card, studying applications such as Anki, refer below or to our Downloads section. 

Quizlet Link: https://quizlet.com/160107698/dragon-ball-super-62-vocabulary-list-watchanimewithoutsubtitles-challenge-flash-cards/

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「Anime Vocabulary」 Dragon Ball Super #61. (#WatchAnimeWithoutSubtitles Challenge)

「Anime Vocabulary」 Dragon Ball Super #61. (#WatchAnimeWithoutSubtitles Challenge)

Welcome to Anime Vocabulary, our #WatchAnimeWithoutSubtitlesChallenge series! Each of these videos covers an individual episode of an anime series and presents a list of the stand-out vocabulary terms used in the episode that you need to know in order to understand the dialogue (in terms of vocabulary, at least, knowing grammar of course is another substantial part of the equation). So, take some time to study the vocabulary list presented at the beginning of the video and then continue onto the flash-card-style video quiz for a preliminary memory practice before you dive into the true test of watching the actual episode for the first time (or re-watch it) and try to recognize the words as they are spoken at a natural conversational pace! Follow along as we cover various anime series on an episode-by-episode basis, and even sometimes top off our entire coverage with two additional segments: the ten most common words used in an entire series of anime and all vocabulary terms used in an entire series of anime! Last but not least, leave a comment below or on any of our other social channels and let us know which one of your favorite anime series you’d like us to cover next!

Vocabulary List:

打ち負かす(うち まかす/uchimakasu) – ‘to defeat’
肉体(にくたい/nikutai) – ‘the body, the flesh’
指輪(ゆびわ/yubiwa) – ‘(finger) ring’
就く(つく/tsuku) – ‘to ascend (the throne), to accede, to take (seat, position, course, etc.), to assume’
不死身(ふじみ/fujimi) – ‘invulnerability, immortality, insensibility to pain’
成し遂げる(なしとげる/nashitogeru) – ‘to accomplish, to finish’
理想(りそう/risō) – ‘ideal, dream’
強靱(きょうじん/kyōjin) – ‘strong, stiff, tenacious’
大層(たいそう/taisō) – ‘very much, exaggerated’
皆殺し(みなごろし/minagoroshi) – ‘massacre, annihilation’
醜い(みにくい/minikui) – ‘ugly, unattractive, unsightly, unseemly’
汚す(けがす/kegasu) – ‘to pollute, to contaminate, to soil, to make dirty, to stain, to disgrace’
知恵(ちえ/chie) – ‘wisdom’
絶え間なく(たえま なく/taema naku) – ‘incessantly, without a pause’
争い(あらそい/arasoi) – ‘dispute, strife, quarrel, dissension’
持ち合せる(もちあわせる/mochiawaseru) – ‘to happen to have on hand or in stock’
湧き上がる(わき あがる/wakiagaru) – ‘to boil up, to come to the boil, to seethe’
漲る(みなぎる/minagiru) – ‘to swell up, to rise, to be (brim) full of, to pervade’
究極(きゅうきょく/kyūkyoku) – ‘ultimate, extreme, final, eventual’
始末(しまつ/shimatsu) – ‘management, dealing, settlement, cleaning up, getting rid of’
抹殺(まっさつ/massatsu) – ‘erasure, denial, obliteration’
断じる(だんじる/danjiru) – ‘to draw the conclusion that …, to conclude’
粛清(しゅくせい/shukusei) – ‘purge’
回復(かいふく/kaifuku) – ‘recovery (from illness), improvement, rehabilitation, restoration’

*The vocabulary list provided above is likely a shortened version of the original. For the full-length vocabulary list file (with example sentences from the episode) that can also be imported into flash-card, studying applications such as Anki, refer below or to our Downloads section. 

Quizlet Link: https://quizlet.com/158371564/dragon-ball-super-61-vocabulary-list-watchanimewithoutsubtitles-challenge-flash-cards/

Download:


This content is a part of the Anime Line of the Day and Anime Vocabulary series of our curriculum.
Check out more videos from the Learn Japanese with Anime playlist on our Learning Japanese YouTube Channel here.