Japanese Slang Flashcards

Terms Definitions
Idiot
Dabo
Stupid
Baka
Hot girl
Bijin
That was close
Abune
Go away
Achi itte
Dumbass
Aho or Bonkura
OMOROI
Slang, short for omoshiroi
SO KA
"I see..." or "really?"
UKETA
Expresses that something was funny.
HEKI
informal expression that loosely translates as "No problem!" "It's ok!" "Forget about it!"
ex: Daijobu desu ka? Heki da yo! (Is it a problem? No problem, it's ok!!)
AHO
Impolite term meaning "dumb ass".
BIJIN
Informal term meaning "beautiful woman" but actually is closer to "hot babe!"
Oh my! What the fuck!
Are!
IYA
sounds like EE YAH. Exclamation meaning "no way!" or something like "that's terrible!"
ZURUI
expression used when someone thinks someone is playing dirty or unfair. The normal phrase is "Zurui shita !" which means, "You cheated !" or "You played dirty !"
DO-
Colloquial prefix, used to add emphasis to words such as "total" or "absolute" such as
ETO
Interjection that is similar to "uhhh.." or "errr..." and can imply a phrase such as, "well, actually...."
DABO
Slang, insult referring to your intelligence, like "complete idiot"
HAMATTA
Expresses that something was funny. (
BONKURA
Slang, insult, referring to your intelligence such as, "dimwit" or "dumbass"
CHOBERIBA
Informal term which means "extremely bad". CHO means "extremely", and the BERIBA actually comes from and sounds like "very bad".
Expression of disgust about something bad
Dasai
KON'ARO
ounds like CON ARROW. Impolite term for "you bastard!". It is short for "kono yaro"
KONCHA
Short for Konnichiwa and is very colloquial.
NANDAKKE
This expression is used when someone mentions something that you might have been told before but you forgot. Or, it is used to express " Um yeah, what about that (thing you're talking about)?"
MENDOI
Informal term for "troublesome". It is short for MENDO KUSAI which literally means "stinks of trouble".
KIDOU
sounds like KEY DOH. Informal term which means "start to function" or "be functional".
NANPA
sounds like NAN PAH. Slang term meaning "pick up line" or "to try and pick someone up".
KISHOI
sounds like KEY SHEH. Informal term for "gross" or "nasty".
JIGEN
sounds like GEE GHEN. Standard word for "dimension". It is commonly heard in anime when referring to
an interdimensional tunnel which is called "JIGEN NO TUNERU"
TAKURU
Slang which means to catch a taxi
SUMMA
sounds like SUU MAH. Informal term, short for SUMIMASEN. SUMIMASEN can mean "I'm sorry" or "thank you", but SUMMA is generally used to express regret.
YOKAI
Informal term meaning "roger!" as used in military radio communications. The "R" is rarely noticeable. The literal translation is, "agreement" or "understanding". The word "YOKAI" is standard for "ghosts" or "phantoms".
SO SO
sounds like SOH SOH. Interjection usage translates as "Indeed!" "By the way!..." "Come to think of it!"
PIN PON
sounds like PEEN PON. Onomatopoeia which means "ding!" as in "ding! you're right!"
PAKURU
Slang meaning to steal something, or to steal someone's idea (related to PAKURI)
OSSU
sounds like OSSS. Slang term meaning "good morning". It is the very first and last part of "ohayo gozaimasu".
OMATA
sounds like OH MAH TAH. Informal phrase which means "sorry to keep you waiting" and is short for the more polite OMATASE SHIMASHITA.
RYOKAI
sounds like YO KIGH. Informal term meaning "roger!" as used in military radio communications. The "R" is rarely noticeable. The literal translation is, "agreement" or "understanding".The word "YOKAI" is standard for "ghosts" or "phantoms".
SHIMATTA
sounds like SHIH MAH TAH. Informal term simply meaning "damn it!"
SHINAI
sounds like SHE NIGH. Informal word which usually means "don't do" but actually in some uses, possibly more by women, it simply replaces NAI which means "none or no". You mostly have to figure this out by using the context of what is being said.
SASUGA
sounds like SAS GAH. Informal term, (not slang, but is used a lot in anime so I'll include it) This is used to say that, "(somebody) did something good, or they did a good job, just as you would expect"
ACHI ITTE
Impolite phrase meaning "go over there!" which of course means that you should "go away!"
ICHIO
sounds like ITCHY OH. Informal term meaning "anyway...." or "well...." and can replace a direct answer with the meaning "Uhhh...kinda sorta...".
BOROI
Slang, refers to something that is "old" or "worn out". Also see BORO BORO . Also, Slang for "making easy money" or "making money dishonestly" .
CHINKE
Slang, refers to something "cheap" and of "poor quality".
HORA
sounds like HO RAH. Informal term which kinda means "hey!" or "see?!" when you want to get somebody's attention. Related to KORA
AKUMABITO
Informal term for "demon" or "spirit". The first "A" is not clearly pronounced. "Akuma" means devil or demon, and "bito" refers to a person (HITO). The "H" in HITO changes to "B" after certain vowels.
ANO
Informal word which can mean "that thing over there", but the slang meaning is more commonly "Uhhh..." or "Well..." and is used a lot in colloquial speech at the start of a sentence or between sentences just like we use "Uhhh.." to slow down the conversation so we can think.
AHONDARA
Slang, insult, related to "aho" but much stronger.
-NICHAN
sounds like KNEE CHAH NN. Informal suffix added to boy's names to add respect but it doesn't add formality. It refers to an older brother but the person doesn't have to actually be related. This is used alot inTenchi Muyo by Sasami.
DOSHITA
Informal phrase which can mean "what's wrong?" or "what?" or is used to get a response, like when you say "well...?"
-NECHAN
sounds like NEH CHAH NN. Informal suffix added to girl's names to add respect but it doesn't add formality. It refers to an older sister but the person doesn't have to actually be related. This is used alot in Tenchi Muyo by Sasami.
IKINARI
This word means "suddenly" or "without notice" and is used to say that something was unexpected and usually not welcome. For instance, if somebody visits you without an invitation, that is the kind of feeling it expresses.
DATTARA
Informal phrase which means "if that is so..." and can be used as in "so?"
DAME
Informal term with many meanings. I can mean "no" or "it's bad" or "it's not possible" or "you can't do that" etc. etc. It is word that signals a "no" answer.
GAKI
Informal term meaning "brat" or "young punk"
PURI PURI
This is used to describe somebody's mood that seems to be grouchy or moody.
BURU HAIRU
An expression used when things aren't going right
BORO BORO
Informal, refers to something that is "old" or "worn out". Also see BOROI.
SABISU
sounds like SAH BIS. Loan word meaning "service" but when you hear it used in anime, usually at the end credits or previews, it refers to "fan service" which means that the current video or the next video in the series will include bonus scenes or artwork.
YARE YARE
sounds like YAH REH YAH REH. Exclamation that is close in meaning to "my goodness!"
YAGARU
sounds like YAH GA ROO. Impolite term added to a sentence to convey contempt or insult.
ZEN IN
sounds like ZAIN. Common phrase that means,"everyone" or "all the people mentioned". I have included this word because I could not find it anywhere spelled the way it sounded..... this is common as you probably know.
TURE-SHON
Slang which means to go to the bathroom with a friend(s)
ACHI KAERE
Impolite phrase meaning "go back over there, far away". This is a very direct way of saying "go away!".
USANKUSAI
sounds like UUH SAN KUH SIGH. Informal term which means "suspicious". Could come from USSO KUSAI which means "reeks of a lie". KUSAI by itself can be used to mean suspicious, and is similar to our use of "something smells funny about this".
NANTE KOTO
sounds like NAN TEH KO TO. Interjection which loosely translates to "Oh my gosh!" and more literally means "what an experience!"
II DARO
sounds like EE DAH ROH. Informal phrase meaning "it's a deal" or "it's o.k. with me" or "it's probably o.k.".
HAZUI
sounds like HAH ZEE Informal term for "embarrassing" and is short for HAZUKASHII
HE ?
This is how you say, "Huh?" or "WTF?"
...NA NO DA
sounds like NAH NO DAH. Colloquial quirk, and I'll go out on a ledge and say that it equals the words NO DESU and does not change the meaning of the sentence otherwise.
YOROSHIKU TANOM
sounds like YOH ROSH KU TAH NUM. Informal phrase which means "I have a favor to ask from you". It is short for YOROSHIKU TANOMIMASU.
IJO NASHI
sounds like EE JOE NIGH SHH. Informal phrase meaning "functioning normally". This is used a lot in futuristic anime in regards to equipment working normally. Literally means "without abnormallity" and replaces the English version "all systems normal".
KOCHI KOCHI
sounds like KO CHEE KO CHEE. Slang meaning "this way!" or "over here!". It is short for KOCHIRA which is a polite way of saying "this way".
KOSO KOSO
sounds like KO SO KO SO. Onomotopoeia which describes a "sneaky" action or behavior.
KONO YARO
sounds like KO NO YAH ROH. Impolite phrase meaning "you/that bastard!" even though "kono" refers to "this". ( see "YARO" )
KON
This is the friendly and cool way to say "Konnichi ha " in a chatroom.
MURI SHINAI DE
loosely translates as "take it easy!" or "don't kill yourself!"
OBOETE OKE
sounds like OH BOY TOH KEH. Colloquial phrase which roughly translates as "Remember this!" For further clarification, I will add that "OKE" comes from "OKU" which means "to put" or "to place" or "to keep", in other words, OBOETE OKE means that you should
take whatever information is being given to you and you better keep it in your thoughts.
SHOGANAI DARO
sounds like SHOW GAH NIGH DAH ROH. Informal phrase that expresses the feeling that something is hopeless and you might as well stop resisting and just go along with it. It is like saying, "OH, what's the use...?"
SHUSSE HARAI
sounds like SHOE SEH HA RYE. Informal phrase meaning "success payment". It is used to indicate that you want to buy something on credit. It is normally used as in "I'll pay you when I score big!".
DOKE
Informal term used to say "get out of the way!". It is a slang version of the word DOKERU.
SORE GA, DOSHITA?
sounds like SOREH GAH DOSH TAH. Informal phrase which translates as "so what?!"
HANASHI ARU
sounds like HAH NAH SHEE AH RU. Informal phrase which means "I need to speak to you" although literally it means "a conversation exists".
Wait a minute (Meaning depends on tone of voice)
Chotto Matte
GAMAN SHIRO
This is a simple way of saying , "..Just deal with it"
ONIGIRI
I think it sounds like OH NEE GEE LEE. Standard word which means "wrapped" but refers to a very common rice treat. Just in case you didn't know, this is what you call the little rice cakes that you see kids eating in most anime. They look like little white turnovers and are made of rice and maybe a little stuffing inside, usually pickled plum. Sometimes they have a little piece of seaweed on the outside. This may be called "MUSUBI" or "OMUSUBI" which means "tied up". By the way, in some Pokemon episodes, they are referred to as "donuts" which they obviously are not.
KIMOCHI WARUI
sounds like KEE MO CHEE WAH RU EE. Informal phrase which means "feel sick" but is more often used to say "yuck!" or "gross!". I think that if you say "Kimochi GA warui" then it refers to how sick you feel.
II KAGEN NI SHINASAI
loosely translates as "don't be like that!" or "don't behave like that!" and is usually used to scold kids.
ARE !
used for exclamation such as : "Oh my !" "WTF?" etc.
II KAMO SHIRENAI
sounds like EE KAH MO SHEE NIGH. Colloquial phrase that is used to say that something is nice, good, or cool. II KAMO is used by itself alot to simply say something is cool. "Shirenai" is literally translated as "I dunno..." so it follows the polite way of expressing your thoughts by ending the phrase with an expression of doubt.
NANKA SA
slangy term, can be used loosely as in "....oh yeah...by the way.."
JOUZU DESU NE !
OK, LISTEN CAREFULLY This is how you say, "My, you are pretty good at (English or Japanese)".......but if Japanese people say this to you, DONT LET IT GO TO YOUR HEAD OK? They are just being polite.
CHOTTO II ?
This is how you ask, "Can I ask you something quick?" this is a friendly way, and is best used with people you know already.
MISE MONO JA NAI YO !
Loosely means "what are you looking at buddy !?"
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