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English/Japanese Basic Terms Translation

Ever wanted to learn how to say daily stuff in Japan? Here are a few tips

Since only few of you are speaking and reading Japanese fluently, I thought it would be a good idea to give you some basic translation of the main Japanese terms that you may found in some of the stories on this website.
Boku ni Natta Watashi v05 ex1 p099Aaa (Aa) = General sound of agreement. Say, well, er, oh, ah
Ahou = “Moron”
Ai = “love”
Ai Shiteiru = I love you
Aisuru = “beloved”
Anata = “You”, usually used between close relationships, meaning ‘dear’
Aniki = older sibling, usually used for a brother, particularly for the older of a set of twins.
Anou = hesitation sound, basically “Ummm…”
Ano = Say, well, er
Arigato = “Thank you”
Asahi = Morning sun
Atashi = female “I”, equivalent to ‘boku’
Baka = “idiot”
Bishonen or bishounen = literally, beautiful man
Boku = male “I”, equivalent to ‘atashi’
-chan = an affectionate honorific, used on very young children, or a significant other.
Che = essentially the same level of swearing as “shit”
Ch’kushou = “God damn it”
Chotto = a little bit
Daijobu or daijoubu = “It’s/I’m alright”
Daijouba desu ka? Ah. Daijoubu = Are you Ok? Yes, I’m OK
Dai suki = I love you
Dare (Dare da) = “who”
Demo = “but”
Doitashimashite = “It was nothing”
Doushite = “why”
Doushio = “What now?” or “What do I do now?”
Ecchi = “pervert”
Egao = Smile, smiling face
Eto = Er, let me see
Ganbatte = “Good luck!” or “Do your best!”
Gi = traditional outfit for fighting.
Gomen = “I’m sorry”
Gozaimasu = Uh.. not sure about this one. It comes at the end of sentences.
Hai = “Yes”
Hanaste = “Let go!” Forceful.
Hansei = Reflection, meditation
Heika = “Your Highness”
Hentai = “pervert”, stronger than ‘ecchi’
Hidoi = Cruel, terrible
Higure = Dusk, sunset, twilight
Hime = “Princess”, usually followed by ‘san’ or ‘sama’
Hontou = “really”
Iie (Iya) = No
Irasshaimase = Welcome
Itai (Ite) = Painful (ouch)
Itsumo = Always
Iya da, dame, yamete, hanase = No, no, stop, let me go
Ji = “grandfather” or “uncle”, usually preceded by ‘o’ and followed by ‘san’
Jo=chan = something you might call a younger girl you don’t know
Kaa = “mother”, usually preceded by ‘o’ and followed by ‘san’
Kagayaku = To shine
Kawaii = “cute”
Ki = life force, internal energy
Kisama = “bastard” or You (vulgar)
Kitto = Surely
Koi = Love
Koibito = Lover, sweetheart
Kokoro = “heart”, “mind” or “soul”
Kore kara zutto itsumademo = Always and forever
Korosu = To kill
Kowai = “scary”
Kudasai = “Please”
-kun = honorific for a young boy or inferior worker
Kuso (K’so) = Shit
Kyoudai = “brother”
Mahou = “magic”
Masaka = “Impossible” or Never
Matte = “wait”, imperative form
Minna = “everyone”
Nanase = Be sensible
Nanda = What is it
Nani = “what”
Nasai = adds formality, ex. “Gomen nasai”
Ne = at the end of a sentence, “isn’t it?”. At the beginning of a sentence, a general attention=getting noise.
Nee = older sister, usually preceded by ‘o’ and followed by ‘san’
Nii = older brother, usually preceded by ‘o’ and followed by ‘san’
Ningen = “human”
Ninmu = “mission”
Ohayou (Ohayo) = “Good morning”
Oi = Hey
Ojii = “Prince”, usually followed by ‘san’ or ‘sama’
Ojou = “Queen” usually followed by ‘san’ or ‘sama’
Okaeri = Welcome home
Omae = “You”, very rough
Omae wa ore no mono da = You belong to me
Onegai = “Please”
Onna = “woman”
Oou = “King”, usually followed by ‘san’ or ‘sama’
Ore = male “I”, rough.
Oyasumi = “Good night”
Owari = “The End”
-sama = high honorific, reserved for gods, emperors, etc.
-san = general honorific, equivalent to “Mr.” or “Ms.”
-sensei = honorific used for teachers and doctors.
Saru = Singe
Shimatta = equivalent of “damn”
Soka = “Is that so?”
Sugoi = Amazing, wonderful, Cool, Excellent, etc.
Sumimasen = “Excuse me”
Tabidatsu = Depart/departure
Teme = very rude “you”
Tou = “father”, usually preceded by ‘o’ and followed by ‘san’
Tooi Yoake = Far off Dawn
Tsuki = “Moon”
Wai = “Yay!”
Wakarenai, wakarimasen = “I don’t know” or “I don’t understand”
Watashi = polite “I”, either sex
Watakushi = very polite “I”, either sex
Yamete = “Stop!” Imperative form
Yaoi = male/male relationships
Yare yare = “Well, well”
Yaro = Rascal, i.e Bakayaro
Yoroshiku = literally, “Please look favorably upon me”. Tradition when greeting someone for the first time
Yoshe or yoshi = “All right!”
Yume = Dream
Zutto = Forever
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