Basic Japanese Adjectives

Basic Japanese Adjectives 2017-07-03T14:23:18+00:00

Adjectives describe people or things. You’ll need them whenever you want to describe what something or somebody is like. The car is old, the hotel is cheap. You get it. Memorize the Japanese adjectives below and you’ll be well equipped for most basic conversations.

This lesson is part of the chapter “Learning Japanese“.

Basic Words & Phrases: Adjectives

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Important adjectives

EnglishJapaneseJapanese
(Hiragana)
Japanese
(Romanization)
Pronunciation
(Audio)
good
良い
よい
yoi
bad
悪い
わるい
warui
new
新しい
あたらしい
atarashii
old
古い
ふるい
furui
small
小さい
ちいさい
chiisai
large / big
大きい
おおきい
ookii
long
長い
ながい
nagai
short
短い
みじかい
mijikai
cheap
安い
やすい
yasui
expensive
高価な
こうかな
kouka na
light / clear
明るい
あかるい
akarui
dark
暗い
くらい
kurai
late
遅い
おそい
osoi
early
早い
はやい
hayai
interesting
面白い
おもしろい
omoshiroi
boring
退屈な
たいくつな
taikutsu na
tired
疲れた
つかれた
tsukareta
easy / simple
簡単
かんたん
kantan
for free
無料
むりょう
muryou
right / correct
正しい
ただしい
tadashii
wrong
間違い
まちがい
machigai
strong
強い
つよい
tsuyoi
weak
弱い
よわい
yowai

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