With this handy list of over 200 Japanese slang expressions, you should be able to decode the most casual talk you can find in any manga or anime.

Navigate to a word by clicking on the initial letter in the list below.

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A

abayo

Informal term for “good bye”, this is not considered a polite way to say goodbye.

abune

Slang, this is an exclamation take from “abunai”. It is used as in, “That was close!!!”

achi itte

Impolite phrase meaning “go over there!” which of course means that you should “go away!”

achi kaere

Impolite phrase meaning “go back over there, far away”. This is a very direct way of saying “go away!”.

ano

Slang for “umm” or “excuse me” literally means “that over there”

aho

Impolite term meaning “stupid”, more commonly used in the kansai area (Osaka)

ahondara

Slang, insult, related to “aho” but much stronger.

ah sou

Informal phrase which means “Oh, I see…”, but I would avoid using this phrase as a “gaijin” because it may have been over-used by American movie studios as a stereo-typical Japanese thing to say. I think that I have read somewhere that it may even be offensive to some Japanese people.

aitsu

Impolite term meaning “that thing over there” or “that dude over there”.

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.

amai

Informal term meaning “gullible” or “someone who is a real sap”.

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.

apo

Informal term referring to “an appointment for a date”.


B

baito

Informal slang for someone who is working part-time.

baka

Informal word meaning “stupid”. This has to be the most commonly used insult in Japan. Being called stupid is quite serious to the Japanese. Most commonly used in the Kansai area (Tokyo)

becha becha

Slang used to describe a “chatterbox” or a really noisey converation (see PECHA KUCHA)

betsuni

Informal phrase meaning “nothing” or “nothing really”. Normally used in response to a question.

bijin

Informal term meaning “beautiful woman” but actually is closer to “hot babe!”

bishounen

Informal term for “hunk” or “cute guy”

boke

Impolite term meaning “knuckle head”

bonkura

Slang, insult, referring to your intelligence such as, “dimwit” or “dumbass”

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”.

boro boro

Informal, refers to something that is “old” or “worn out”. Also see BOROI.

bouryokusha

Slang for “Violent person” comes from BOURYOKU meaning “Violence

bouzu

Informal term for “kid” and is kind of like saying “Hey squirt!”.

buru hairu

An expression used when things aren’t going right

busaiku

Slang, insult, refers to someone’s appearance such as, “pretty damn UGLY!!!”

busu

Ugy. Not used for males.

C

chara chara

Slang for something that is too flashy in terms of style, or refers to person who blatantly flirts.

chau chau

Informal way of saying CHIGAIMASU which means “wrong” or “it’s something different (from what you think)”. This phrase comes from the Kanto (Osaka) dialect. Can be said once or twice depending on the tone or emphasis.

che

Exclamation used to express disgust. It’s kinda like saying “shiiit!”

chinke

Slang, refers to something “cheap” and of “poor quality”.

choberiba

Informal term which means “extremely bad”. CHO means “extremely”, and the BERIBA actually comes from and sounds like “very bad”.

choberigu

Informal term which means “extremely good”. CHO means “extremely”, and the BERIGU actually comes from and sounds like “very good”. This may now be heard as CHOBEGU.

chodai

Informal term that is very close to KURE YO! and means “Please do this for me”.

chotto matte

Informalphrase which means “wait a minute” or “excuse me a bit” and can vary according to the tone you use all the way up to “wait a damn minute!”.


D

dabo

Slang, insult referring to your intelligence, like “complete idiot”

dai

Colloquial for DESU KA example: Nan dai? = Nan desu ka?

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. DA can also be added to the end for extra effect. DAME DA!

dasai

Exclamation used to express disgust about something totally uncool.

dasei / dasee

Exclamation used to express disgust about something totally uncool. More casual than dasai.

de

Informal term that can have many meanings, but the slang usage is at the beginning of a sentence. When a person starts a sentence with DE, it is more of an interjection, and it’s meaning is more like “So….(anyway)…”

dattara

Informal phrase which means “if that is so…” and can be used as in “so?”

dou-

Colloquial prefix, used to add emphasis to words such as “total” or “absolute” such as “Do-Aho!”

dou itta

Informal phrase which means “move out of the way” but is basically a way of saying “move it!”

douka

This is used at the beginning of a request. It is close in translation to “Would you please…..” Ex: Douka…shashin o misete kudasai yo!

do kashiteiru

Informal phrase which means “Are you o.k.? (you seem kinda out of it)”

doke

Informal term used to say “get out of the way!”. It is a slang version of the word DOKERU.

-dono

Suffix added to names like “-san” to make it more polite, but “-dono” is more like “Mr.” In TENCHI MUYO, Washu addresses Tenchi as “Tenchi Dono” very often and she is just being extra respectul to Tenchi by calling him “Mr. Tenchi”.

doose

Informal word used to express “Anyway…….” in a somewhat negative way, or used in a sentence to express doubt like when you user the word “afterall”. EXAMPLE: Afterall (doose)…..it can’t be true you know.

dore dore

Informal phrase which loosely translates to, “Hello, what do we have here?” or “What’s this?”

doro doro

Informal term for something that is gooey or muddy, or something that is confusing. Consider the abstract concept of “muddiness”. Also is used to imply that someone is not getting along with someone else.

doushita

Informal phrase which can mean “what’s wrong?” or “what?” or is used to get a response, like when you say “well…?”

doushita no

Informal phrase which can mean “what’s wrong?” or “what happened?” and is mostly used to express concern. The NO at the end doesn’t really change the meaning much, and is used in this case for emphasis.


E

eeto

Interjection that is similar to “uhhh..” or “errr…” and can imply a phrase such as, “well, actually….”


F

faito !!!

Loan word which refers to a fighting spirit, kinda like GANBATTE and is said when you want to express that you must keep on going and hang in there.

fukeru

To play hooky from school, or something. This word is very similar to saboru


G

gaki

Informal term meaning “brat” or “young punk”

garutachi

Informal term which roughly means “partners in crime” and refers to real hoodlums.

ge

Exclamation meaning “yuck!” or “gross!”

gokuro

Informal phrase which means “good work” or “thanks for doing something that inconveniences you” and is short for the more polite GOKUROSAMA DESHITA.

guzu guzu

Informal phrase which refers to something or someone that is lazy, or an action which happens slowly and lazily.

gyogi ga warui

Informal phrase which simply means “bad manners”


H

hamatta

Expresses that something was funny. Comes from “tsubo ni hamatta”, to hit a sensitive spot.

hanashi ga aru

Informal phrase which means “I need to speak to you” although literally it means “a conversation exists”.

hara heta

sounds like HAH REH TAH. Informal phrase which means “To be hungry” and literally translates as “My belly is in a bad condition”.

hasshin

Exclamation meaning “launch!”.

hazui

Informal term for “embarrassing” and is short for HAZUKASHII.

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!!)

hidoi

Informal term meaning “terrible” or “horrible” or “grotesque”

hora

Informal term which kinda means “hey!” or “see?!” when you want to get somebody’s attention. Related to KORA


I

ichio

Informal term meaning “anyway….” or “well….” and can replace a direct answer with the meaning “Uhhh…kinda sorta…”.

iidaro

Informal phrase meaning “it’s a deal” or “it’s o.k. with me” or “it’s probably o.k.”.

iinjanai betsuni

This expression is used to say “It’s o.k.! I don’t mind!” but if you use it when someone is being nosey, then it means, “It’s none of your business anyhow!!!”

iikamoshirenai

Colloquial phrase that is used to say that something is nice, good, or cool. IIKAMO 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. (Thanks to Greg C. Sharp for this valuable bit of info!)

ijounashi

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”.

ikemen

Translates into something like “very handsome man” or “hot guy” (usually very shallow people)

ikenai

Informal term meaning “something’s wrong” or “it’s no good” or “you can’t do that” or “it wont work”. It is very close to the word DAME and is short for IKEMASEN.

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.

iikagen ni shinasai

loosely translates as “don’t be like that!” or “don’t behave like that!” and is usually used to scold kids.

ii zou

Informal phrase meaning “ready!” or “let’s go for it!”

iku ze

Informal phrase meaning “let’s go!”

iiya

Exclamation meaning “no way!” or something like “that’s terrible!”


J

ja

Informal exclamation which can mean “well…” or “see ya!” or “umm…” or can be used to stall for time when you don’t want to answer a difficult question. It is a very handy word and has many more meanings. It is also a very short way of saying “bye!”

jigen

Standard word for “dimension”. It is commonly heard in anime when referring to an interdimensional tunnel which is called “JIGEN NO TUNERU”

junbi wa ii ka?

A modern way of asking “are you ready?”

junbi o.k.

This is a very modern way of saying, “I’m ready!” And it really does use O.K. as in English.


K

kai

Colloquial for DESU KA example: Nan kai? = Nan desu ka?

kan kan

Slang which means “pissed off” or “going ballistic” or “enraged”

kanemochi

Slang for person with lots of money, Literally means “rich man”

keitai

Informal term for “cell phone”. KEITAIDENWA is the full name.

kigatsuita

Informal phrase which translates as “to be awake” or “to be conscious”

kimochi warui

Informal phrase which means “to feel sick” but is more often used to say “yuck!” or “gross!”.

kimoi

Informal term for ” feel sick” or “makes me feel sick”, it is short for KIMOCHI WARUI.

kinishinai

Informal phrase meaning “don’t worry” or “no problem”. “Ki ni suru” means, “To worry”, and “Ki ni suru na” means “not to worry”

kidou

Informal term which means “start to function” or “be functional”.

kisama

Very impolite term for “you”, it’s like calling someone “asshole” and will probably get you into a fight if you use it (in Japan). it’s very vulgar.

kishoi

Informal term for “gross” or “nasty”.

kochi kochi

Slang meaning “this way!” or “over here!”. It is short for KOCHIRAE which is a polite way of saying “this way”.

koitsu

Informal term meaning “this thing” or “this dude/chic” and can be considered rude.

koyaro

Impolite term for “you bastard!”. It is short for “kono yaro”

koncha

Short for Konnichiwa and is very colloquial.

konjyoyaki

Pressing a lit cigarette onto your own arm to prove you’ve got “konjyo” (guts)

kono yaro

Impolite phrase meaning “you/that bastard!” even though “kono” refers to “this”. ( see “YARO” )

kora

Informal term meaning “hey!” or close to “listen here!” and is used to get someone’s attention in a rough tone.

koso koso

Onomotopoeia which describes a “sneaky” action or behavior.

kure yo

Informal phrase meaning “please do this for me” and is literally closer to “wont’cha do this for me?” and can also be used as in “Gimmie!”

koreya

Colloquial for KORE WA meaning “this”

kuso

Exclamation that means “shit!” and is used just like anywhere in the world.

kusotare

Slang term which is easily translated to “[Cat]“


L


See “r”.

M

maa

Colloquial interjection that closely translates as “well…” or “anyway…” and is included very often (I mean very often with some people) with no intended meaning.

mamonaku (nai)

Colloquial usage which translates as “a short time” and more literally is “not even for a short amount of time”. You can use it to describe that something happened a short while ago, or that something will happen shortly, or that something has been going on for only a short amount of time.

maguro

Slang, refers to a woman who is rather less than enthusiastic during sex. Like a “dead fish”.

mahou shoujo

Informal term from anime which refers to a young female character that has magical powers.

maji

Informal phrase that means “really?” or “are you serious?”

maamaa

Informal phrase meaning “calm down” or “there there”. It is also used to refer to something that is “same as usual”

maniaku

Slang word referring to someone who is a know-it-all about a subject. It may be that this is a more positive term like an “otaku” is a know-it-all about anime.

mazui

Informal term that refers to something that tastes terrible or something that sucks.

mecha

Slang word added for emphasis, kinda like “Ultra-….” so you could say “Mecha muzukashi desu ne!” for “It’s super difficult huh?!”

mechakucha

Means “very” as in “pretty f**king good!”

mendoi

Informal term for “troublesome”. It is short for MENDOKUSAI which literally means “stinks of trouble”.

mukatsuku

Informal term for “being irritated” or “pissed off”

muko

Impolite term that literally means “opposite side” but it is used to refer to someone else who is causing you to be angry and you are totally against of. Also refers to something that you feel is not correct or unreasonable, Very close to “damn you!”

muda

Slang for “don’t try” or “it’s impossible for you” “literally means “Uselessness” or “Futility”

muri shinai de

loosely translates as “take it easy!” or “don’t kill yourself!”

muyo

Informal term that means “unnecessary.” It is also used to say “(there is) no need” for something.

muzui

Informal term for “difficult” and is short for MUZUKASHII


N

nameru ja nai

Informalphrase which translates as “don’t mess with me!” or “don’t underestimate me!”. It is usually said in an aggressive tone of voice.

namenn ja ne yo

Informal phrase which is derived from NAMERU JA NAI (“don’t fuck with me”)

nanchatte

Slang term that is popular with young people, it is used in the same way that “…just kidding!” is. It basically lets you know that somebody is just fooling around jokingly, or being ironic about what they are talking about.

nandake

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)?”

nande

Colloquial term meaning “why?”

…na no da

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. Don’t use this… no one does.

nanpa

Slang term meaning “pick up line” or “to try and pick someone up”.

nante koto

Interjection which loosely translates to “Oh my gosh!”, “what was that!” and more literally means “what an experience!”

nanto ka

Informal phrase that means, “Somehow…”. It is usually use in the phrase, “Nanto ka na…..” which is usually used when trying to say,” I guess I’ll figure it out somehow….” or “I guess I’m not sure how it will work out”.

ne

Informal interjection with many uses. It can mean “right?” or “isn’t it” or “hey!”

neechan

It refers to an older sister but the person doesn’t have to actually be related.

niichan

It refers to an older brother but the person doesn’t have to actually be related.

nyako

Informal term for “kitty cat”

nyuuyoku

This means “take a bath” and is used as a pun because it sounds like the Japanese word for New York. Get it?

nan ya te

this is a surprise expression meaning “what the heck?!” or “what the…!?” can also be said with a silent n, like NAYATE! which is more normal in Kansai


O

oboete oke

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.

ohukai

Informalinternet term which refers to meeting an internet acquaintance in person, face to face.

ohau

Exclamatory phrase for “good morning”. Very short for OHAYO GOZAIMASU.

oi

Informal term meaning “hey!”. Used to get somebody’s attention.

oitoma

very common expressed used to say ” I gotta go now!!!”

omae

Informal term for “you”. This is not a term you use to speak to people you respect.

omake

Slang for “bonus” but is also an informal term for “defeat” or “loss”.

omata

Informal phrase which means “sorry to keep you waiting” and is short for the more polite OMATASE SHIMASHITA.

omoroi

Means “funny” short for OMOSHIROI which means “interesting” or “amusing”

onigiri i

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 everyone eating. They look like little white turnovers and are made of rice and maybe a little stuffing inside, usually pickled plum. they have a piece of nori (seaweed) on the outside.

onore

Impolite term referring to “one’s self” but is being sarcastic in a way that makes the listener angry. basically saying “you bastard” to someone.

osakini

Informal phrase used to say “excuse me for going ahead of you”. It is a short way to say “osakini, shitsurei shimasu” which means, “I am being rude for going ahead/before you”.

ossu

Slang term meaning “good morning”. It is the very first and last part of “ohayo gozaimasu”.


P

pakkuru

Slang meaning to steal something, or to steal someone’s idea (related to PAKURI)

pecha kucha

This is the most commonly used term for someone who talks alot, a real “chatterbox”

pin pon

Onomatopoeia which means “ding!” as in “ding! you’re right!”

puramo

Informal term for “plastic model”. Comes from “PURASUCHIKKU MODERU”


Q

There are no words that start with q!! 

R

rakki

Slang term that comes from the English word “lucky” and is used to express that something really “cool” just happened that makes you feel “lucky”.

ryokai

Informal term meaning “Roger!” as used in military radio communications. The “R” is rarely noticeable. Comes from RYOKAI SHIMASHITA, The literal translation is, “agreement” or “understanding”.

S

sabisu

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.

sadou

Informal term which means “operational” or “to operate” in terms of operating equipment. Also, Slang, this meaning refers to a “sadist” or “S&M” in general.

saikou

Slang word meaning “the best” or “the coolest!” or “awesome!”

saite

Slang word meaning “the worst” or “it’s the pits” or “crappy”.

sa’nara

Colloquial term that is short for SAYONARA.

sasuga

Informal term It means “naturally!” or “it’s what you’d expect from (someone or something)”.

sayou

Interjection meaning “it’s true” and is another way of saying SOU KA if you use the words SAYOU KA.

se ya na

Kansai slang which means “it’s like that” “yeah that’s right” comes from SOU DESU NE

shakuhachi

Slang, literal meaning is a “bamboo flute or clarinet” but is used to refer to “oral sex given to a man”

shikkari shite

Informal phrase meaning “be strong” or “get a hold of yourself” or “be confident”.

shimatta

Informal term simply meaning “damn it!”

shinai

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. Also, a bamboo sword used in kendo.

shishi-odoshi

Standard term for the common garden water fountain that is made out of bamboo seen in many anime movies. It means “deer scarer”. This is the thing that makes that “clack” sound.

shokku

Loan word used to express “shock” or disbelief.

shouganai darou

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…” or “theres nothing we (i) can do”

shoukin kasegi

Informal phrase meaning “bounty hunting”. SHOUKIN is “reward” and KASEGI is “earnings”.

shoukin kubi ni

Informal phrase meaning “bounty” or “reward”. KUBI is “neck” so it means that “there is a reward in your neck”.

shou se harai

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!”.

shinakucha

Colloquial usage, short for “SHINAREKEREBA NARA NAI” which means “must”

sou desu ne

Informal phrase with many meanings. The first meaning can be “It is, isn’t it?”, another meaning can be “I see…”, or “It seems to be that way” or “I think it’s true (because of what I know from other people)”. Also, you will hear this phrase a lot in television interviews, it seems to be a popular habit, and is probably a polite way of letting the other person know you are listening to them.

sou ka

Informal phrase which can mean “really?” or “I see…”

sou na

Interjection which means “no way!” or “that can’t be!”. This word is normally found in dictionaries, but doesn’t seem to include this translation.

sore ga, doushita?

Informal phrase which translates as “so what?!”

sou sou

Interjection usage translates as “Indeed!” “By the way!…” “Come to think of it!”

suge

Slang term meaning “cool!” or “awesome!”. It is slang for SUGOI

sukoshi warui no nai

Informalphrase which best translates as “not too shabby”. Literally means “it’s not a little bit bad”

su man

Informal term, short for SUMIMASEN. SUMIMASEN can mean “I’m sorry” or “thank you”. Also SU MA NAI meaning the same thing.


T

tako

Informal term for “stupid jerk” with emphasis on the stupid. It literally means “octopus”.

taku

Slang term which closely means “damn it!”, from the word MATTAKU.

takkuru

Slang which means to catch a taxi, Also means to “tackle someone”

taosu

Informal term for “drop” or “defeat” but slang usage means “kill”

tashika ni

Informal phrase that means “certainly” or “without a doubt”

temae

Informal and extremely rude way to say “you”. Very popular word in anime. Using this word means you’re looking for trouble.

tte ba

Informal phrase ending used when you have to repeat yourself when you think someone is not listening to you. EXAMPLE: “Yamete! yamete tte ba!” “Stop! Stop! I said!” It emphasizes that you just said something.

tte kanji

Slang inserted in phrases or at the end of words to express “it’s something like” or “you know what I mean….?” or “….like, you know….”

tte yande

Slang phrase used to express that what has just been said has made the listener angry. Related to YAGARU and TTE YAGANDE.

toko

Slang for “male” “boy” or “man”. Its just a shortened word for “OTOKO”.

totto totto

Informal phrase meaning “oops! oops!” or “whoa! whoa!”

tsubo ni haitta

Expresses that something was funny

tsukiatte

Informal term meaning “to date” or “to go out with”.

ture-shon

Slang which means to go to the bathroom with a friend(s)


U

uketa

Expresses that something was funny.

unchi

Slang referring to anyone who sucks at sports.

uruse

Impolite term that can mean “shut up!” or “damn! that’s annoying!” or can describe something that is really obnoxious. Comes from URUSAI which literally means “noisy”

usankusai

Informal term which means “suspicious”. Could come from USOKUSAI 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”.

usse

Also slang for URUSAI, this more often means “shut up!”

uzattai

Impolite term related to URUSAI, but this more specifically refers to someone or something that is really obnoxious or troublesome.


V

There are no words that start with v!!

W

wake

Informal word which means “reason, or meaning” This is one word which requires a little extra study. In some cases it is inserted just to express emphasis on what is being said. Be sure you study as many uses of this word because sometimes it changes what is being said completely.

wakane

Slang, means “i don’t know”, “i have no clue” comes from WAKARANAI

wari wari

Informal way of saying “sorry” literally means “my bad”

washu

Informal colloquial term which simply replaces WATASHI meaning “me” or “I”.


X

There are no words that start with x!! … really!!

Y

yabe

Informal term for YABAI which means “Oh shit!” or “I blew it!” or “I’m in trouble!”

yada

Slang term meaning “no” or “no way!”

yagande

Slang for YAGARU NO DESU, YAGARU refers to something that causes contemptuous feelings, usually something that has been said. Basically, if you add YAGARU to a sentence, you are being a “bad ass”.

yagaru

Impolite term added to a sentence to convey contempt or insult.

yare yare

Exclamation that is close in meaning to “my goodness!”

yaro

Impolite term for “bastard!”. It literally means “farm hand” which in Japan seems to be pretty bad.

yaru ka

Informal phrase which roughly translates as “do you wanna piece of me?!” or “you want some?!” in an aggressive tone. Of course, in a romantic tone of voice, it can mean “do you want to have sex?”

yaru na

Informal phrase meaning “not bad”. It is more often used in a fight when an opponent makes a skillful move.

yatsu

Slang for “that person” or “that dude”. It is not necessarily rude, and can be used in a familiar way. YATSURA is the plural form.

yattsukeru

To knock someone out, but slang uses means to finish something up

yawa

Informal word for something that is “weak” or “whimpy” or “flimsy”. it is short for YAWARAKA which means “soft”

yo Colloquial usage, besides the usage for emphasis, it can be used as a greeting such as “Hey!”
yokai See ryokai

yoroshii

Slang for “alright!” or “O.K!”

yoroshiku tanomu

Informal phrase which means “I’m counting on you”, “i have a favor of you”. It is short for YOROSHIKU TANOMIMASU.

yuppa

Slang term for “yup” or “yeah”.


Z

zakenna

Exclamatory phrase that means “don’t mess with me!” and is very harsh. It comes from the phrase FUZAKERU NAI YO. As you can see, it is just a shortened version of FUZAKERU. another version of it is FUZZAKEN JA NE YO

zamamiro

Informal phrase meaning “serves you right!” or “you had it coming!” and can imply a “in your face!” type of comeback.

zannen nagara

Colloquial phrase used to express regret, such as sympathy when something bad has happened. It can also be used playfully such as “Nyah! Nyah! Too bad for you!” you can also use DESHITA instead of NAGARA, even just the word ZANNEN works.

zennin

Common phrase that means,”everyone” or “all the people mentioned”.

zurakaru ze

Exclamatory phrase meaning “let’s scram!” or “let’s get the hell outta here!”

zurui

expression used when someone thinks someone is playing dirty or unfair

 

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The list was edited a little bit to make the explanations use a bit more polite language.

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