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The Top 10 Japanese Slang Words You’ll Hear In Japan

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Are you ready to learn the top 10 Japanese slang words?

Slang words can be a fun way to hear how locals use the Japanese language and can also be a way to make your conversational skills sound more natural in casual settings! Oh, and don’t forget to sign-up for a FREE lifetime account with us to get more interesting word lists from JapanesePod101!

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1. ぶっちゃけ
bucchake - to be honest

2. おひさ。
Ohisa. - It’s been a while since I see you.

3. ちげーよ。
Chigē yo. - It’s not correct.

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4. ダッシュで
dasshu de - in a hurry

5. ソッコー
sokkō - immediately

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6. めちゃめちゃ
mechamecha - quite

7. へこむ
hekomu - feel discouraged

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8. パねぇ
pa nė - unbelievable

9. ガッツリ
gattsuri - plentifully

10. やばい
yabai - something is bad or dangerous

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1. ツイッター。 - Twitter.


2. 伝えられなかった。 - Could not tell.


3. 侵略。 - invasion.


4. 便利。 - Convenient.


5. 出力。 - Output power.


6. 店員。 - Clerk.


7. 旅行。 - Traveling.


8. 暖かくなかった。 - Was not warm.


9. 駐車場。 - Parking lot.


10. おっちょこちょい。 - Clumsy.


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    I started using JapanesePod101. I was afraid I would give up, but I have now been learning by myself for a few weeks and I enjoy it!

    The three main reasons I like learning with JapanesePod101 are:

    1. Audio Lessons
    Commuting in Japan or anywhere in the world can be quite long and boring. I am getting tired of my iTunes playlist so I’ve decided not to waste my time and listen to those lessons while I’m in the subway.
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    I can always check the script if there are words I couldn’t catch or kanji I am wondering about.
    I am not only learning Japanese, but also about important cultural points, which is really important to me in such a unique country.

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    Grammar has always been my nightmare – in English, German, and even my native language French.
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    New Product Announcement! Explore Your World in Japanese with Visual Dictionary for iPhone and iPad

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    There’s absolutely no limit to the number of vocabulary words you could and should learn in the Japanese language. The fact is, the more words you know, the better you’ll be able to speak and communicate. That’s true of any language; even your native tongue! But when are you going to find the time to learn them all? Isn’t there a shortcut?

    Introducing Visual Dictionary Lite - Learn Japanese, presented by Innovative Language Learning! This new App for iPhone and iPad focuses your Japanese vocabulary learning to the words you need to know - the objects, places and people that you’ll encounter in your daily life. With Visual Dictionary Lite, you’ll be transported to a world where everything you tap and touch comes to life with native audio recordings and vibrant imagery. You’ll start at the front door of our Earth scenario and drill down to smaller areas like the beach, city and airport with a single tap. Look for the blue arrows to zoom and transport yourself to more areas and learn more words. It’s that simple.

    Visual Dictionary Lite - Learn Japanese is a free app with convenient in-app upgrade to the full version. With Visual Dictionary Full, you’ll learn 550+ must-know Japanese vocabulary words through native audio clips, sample sentences and colorful illustrations. No matter what your Japanese reading level is, you can switch between kana and romanization to accommodate all Japanese language students.

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    • Your own personal Word Bank for convenient study

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    Top 5 pop culture things/icons you need to know about Japan

    Japan is a country rich in pop culture that has started to gain recognition and popularity throughout the world. As popular culture changes quickly and drastically, we focus this lesson on the most recent pop culture.

    Popular Music

    • Japan boasts the second largest music industry in the world after the United States.
    • Pop music is especially popular in Japan, although you can find all sorts of music in Japan done by Japanese artists-including rock, rap, hip-hop, reggae, and more.

    Popular Movies

    • Recently, the popularity of domestic Japanese movies has been on the rise, with the annual box-office revenue for domestic movies hitting an all-time high in 2008.
    • Of the top Japanese films of 2008, the highest-grossing title was the animation film Gake no
    • Ue no Ponyo (”Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea̶ ;)
    • Hayao Miyazaki directed this movie as well as other popular animated titles such as My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, and Spirited Away, which was the first anime film to win an Academy Award.

    Popular Television

    • Variety shows, true to their name, feature a variety of different content-cooking segments, comedy segments, skits, and quizzes are just some of what you’ll find on a typical Japanese variety show.
    • Variety shows often feature a large panel of currently popular celebrities and sometimes a studio audience.
    • Quiz shows that feature contestants (who are almost always celebrities) answering questions on numerous subjects, such as science, history, math, the Japanese language, pop culture, and so on, also enjoy great popularity.
    • Japanese dramas are also very popular among Japanese people of all ages.
    • Many current dramas’ running in Japan are adaptations of popular movies, comics, or animated shows.

    Popular Foreigners in Japan

    •  Jero, is an African-American singer who was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
    • He has gained popularity singing enka, a traditional type of pop music that is especially popular among older people.

    Popular Japanese Men/Women Abroad

    • Actor Ken Watanabe became a recognized name after appearing alongside Tom Cruise in the 2003 war film The Last Samurai.
    • Issey Miyake is the most well-known Japanese designer in the world, and he is considered the first Asian designer to gain worldwide recognition.

    Popular Sports Figures

    • Ichiro Suzuki joined the Seattle Mariners in 2000, a move that many watched with great interest, as he was the first Japanese position player to play regularly for a Major League Baseball team.
    • Shizuka Arakawa made headlines when she received a gold medal in the 2006 Winter Olympics, a first in the event for a Japanese skater.

    Japanese Dictionary - Audio Dictionary: EDICT Japanese Dictionary Now with Audio for Every Clip

    Top Secret Project with the Legendary Jim Breen Finished!

    Well, it’s done, and it’s alive!

    Mr. Jim Breen, Innovative Language Learning, and JapanesePod101.com, are happy to announce that EDICT, Jim Breen’s legendary Japanese to English dictionary, now has…

    Audio clips for all entries!

    So what exactly am I going on about?

    First, let me back up a second.

    If you’re studying Japanese, you’ve encountered Jim Breen’s EDICT Japanese to English dictionary, whether directly at WWWJDIC or through another Japanese language learning tool. (Many popular Japanese language learning tools use EDICT.)

    Having used the dictionary at WWWJDIC countless times during my Japanese studies, I’m a huge fan of the site. Last November, I contacted Mr. Breen about the possibility of working with him to provide Japanese audio clips of native Japanese speakers for the entire EDICT dictionary! Mr. Breen not only welcomed the project, but he also joined us in the trenches! (More on that in a bit.)

    The Mission: Provide Audio Clips for EVERY entry in the ENTIRE EDICT dictionary!

    To put the task into perspective, we’ve been teaching Japanese for 3 years and amassed an audio library of only 20,000 words. Mr. Breen’s Dictionary was 120,000+ at the time we undertook the project. Furthermore there were technological issues, coordination issues and the holiday season standing in our way, but last November we started.

    And here’s what it took to get it done:

    • 8 voice actors (taking shifts) going at it 5+ hours a day
    • 3 audio engineers editing 10 hours a day on 2 continents
    • The technology team working in the US, Japan, and Germany
    • Mr. Breen himself joining us in the trenches from Australia, as he rolled up his sleeves to code.
    • The support of the entire JapanesePod101.com team
    • And probably a lot more people working behind the scenes

    This project was a beast! But, 5 months later EVERY entry in EDICT has an audio clip!

    Well, almost…

    The snag: EDICT, the Japanese Dictionary, keeps growing!

    Just when the celebrating began, we got a nice and nasty reality check. You see, EDICT is constantly getting bigger, thanks to all the contributors out there. So when we started the project, the list was 123,000 words, the number of recordings we made!

    EDICT is now 140,000 words! Thanks, contributors. :)  So, unfortunately for our voice actors, it’s back to the studio. You can help by reporting missing words, so that we can record them.

    Enough already with the behind the scenes stuff! How does it work?

    Okay, okay. Yep, you want to test it out. Here is what you do:

    1. Head over to WWWJDIC
    2. Search for any word
    3. Where there is a clip available for an entry, a play button will appear at the start of the entry. Click this button to play the clip.
    4. Click the link to a lesson about the word (if available) on the JapanesePod101 site.


    We would like to thank Mr. Breen, who has been supportive or our site since its inception, for giving us this opportunity. We hope that adding audio to EDICT will be a valuable tool for your Japanese studies.

    Thank you to every one who contributed to the project. There were so many of you, and we know that it was very intense, especially with such a short deadline. We truly appreciate it.
    Our main goal here at JapanesePod101.com is to provide Japanese students around the world with great learning tools. We hope that this enhancement will be a well-received addition.

    We’re looking forward to your feedback!

    Note: Premium members, you have access to all of this audio in the premium section of JapanesePod101.com.