Words from Japanese

Study Words

  1. ninja
  2. sushi [1]
  3. tofu
  4. shogun
  5. honcho
  6. karate [2]
  7. samurai
  8. teriyaki
  9. sashimi
  10. tsunami
  11. haiku [3]
  12. futon
  13. mikado [4]
  14. hibachi
  15. origami
  16. geisha [5]
  17. wasabi
  18. ramen
  19. kudzu
  20. banzai
  21. tycoon
  22. sumo
  23. koan
  24. satori
  25. tatami
  26. kami
  27. sukiyaki
  28. kuruma
  29. Meiji
  30. Romaji
  31. odori
  32. miso
  33. Kabuki
  34. geta
  35. sayonara

Challenge Words

  1. karaoke
  2. nisei
  3. sansei
  4. issei
  5. kibei

Spelling Tips

  1. 1 A long e sound (\ē\) is very common at the end of Japanese words and is usually spelled with i as in sushi, teriyaki, wasabi, Meiji, odori, and several other words on the list.
  2. 2 In some Japanese words, long e is spelled simply with e (not i) as in karate and karaoke.
  3. 3 An \\ sound is also a common way to end Japanese words and is spelled with u as in haiku, tofu, and kudzu.
  4. 4 Long o (\ō\) at the end of a word from Japanese is spelled with o as in honcho, mikado, sumo and miso.
  5. 5 A long a sound (\ā\) heard in geisha is spelled ei in some words from Japanese. Four of the challenege words have this spelling of the long a sound and contain the word element sei, which means "generation."