The Master List of Core Japanese Vocabulary: 1000’s of Words to Learn!
My favorite Japanese word is tsundoku—the art of buying too many books and never actually reading them. I’m guilty of this! I enjoy having books, even if they never get read.
What I don’t enjoy is spending time and effort learning Japanese words that I’ll never actually use.
That’s where categorized and themed vocabulary lists come in handy.
Read on to acquire Japanese vocabulary that you’ll actually use—unlike all those books I have piled up on my bookshelf.
- Core Japanese Vocabulary
- Professional and Academic Japanese Vocabulary
- Japanese Slang
- More Fun Japanese Vocabulary
Core Japanese Vocabulary
Your core vocabulary sets the foundation for the rest of your language learning. These are the first words you should learn, and you’ll keep referring to them throughout your language learning journey.
In addition to everyday words like greetings and colors, Japan has very specific ways that it uses words. You’ll want to learn how to properly say “sorry” based on the occasion, the right way to refer to “you” without accidentally calling someone “darling” and more quirks unique to the Japanese language.
Common Japanese words
Important specific words
Easily confused words
Days and months vocab
Friends, family and home
Travel and survival Japanese
Food, drink and eating out
Anime and Manga
Professional and Academic Japanese Vocabulary
Whether you’re getting ready for the advanced JLPT or you’re interested in teaching or working in Japan, these advanced vocabulary words will get you through it!
Yo! How down are you with the lingo on the streets? Okay, sorry, I’ll stop. In all seriousness, your Japanese studies won’t be complete unless you learn some authentic Japanese slang.
From the streets to the internet, these Japanese slang words will add some color to your language knowledge.
More Fun Japanese Vocabulary
Make your vocab learning even more fun by studying some more unique words. You might enjoy stocking up on Japanese loanwords, basking in the beauty of the language or taking a step into the wonderful world of Japanese puns.
Fillers and sounds
Holidays in Japanese
Fun miscellaneous vocabulary
Use these vocab lists to find the most relevant Japanese vocabulary words for you. Then, add them to your mental library and use them often!