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Power Words

beginner Japanese vocabulary

Power Words: Small Words with a Big Punch

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Power Words

おめでとう

omedetou

Congratulations

がんばって

ganbatte

Do your best! You can do it! Good luck!

すみません

sumimasen

Sorry; excuse me

本当に?

hontou ni?

Really? Is that true?

うそ!

uso!

You're kidding!

大丈夫

daijoubu

OK

同じ

onaji

the same

やっぱり

yappari

Of course! As expected...

実は

jitsu wa

the fact is...; actually

ところで

tokoro de

By the way

たとえば

tatoeba

For example

そういえば

sou ieba

Speaking of which...

念のため

nen no tame

Just in case

つまり

tsumari

That is...

できるだけ

dekiru dake

As much as possible

気のせい

ki no sei

Just (my) imagination

なるほど

naruhodo

I see!

ちょっと

chotto

Little (often used to soften a statement)

すごい

sugoi

Cool; awesome

ピンチ・大ピンチ


pinchi
daipinchi

Oh no! (Said when in a 'pinch')

 

Emotion Words

楽しい

tanoshii

Fun; pleasant

悲しい

kanashii

Sad

すばらしい

subarashii

Wonderful

残念

zannen

Too bad!

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might just me by untrained ears but..

すごい sounds like さむい when I listen to the mp3.

Not a criticism just an observation, thanks for the site!

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I hear the ご nasalized that

I hear the ご nasalized that is probably what is confusing you.

なるほど。
さっぱりわからん。

cute!

Nice! what a cute voice!

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