How Well Do You Know Japanese Vocabulary?

Answer 60 questions and find out how well you know your Japanese vocabulary.

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Why take our Japanese Vocabulary Quiz?

Taking our Japanese Vocabulary Quiz offers you a gateway to exploring the fascinating world of Japan’s language and culture. Japan’s global reputation as a leading force in technological progress makes learning the Japanese language a valuable asset for anyone interested in cutting-edge industries. From automotive to biotechnology, electronics, robotics, and green technology, Japan’s innovations continue to shape the modern world.

Besides its technological advancements, Japan is also prominent for its Japanese pop culture, including anime, games, and manga (and their OSTs too!). Through our Japanese Vocabulary Quiz, you can gain a deeper appreciation for the iconic characters and stories that have become part of our youth, from the adorable Hello Kitty to the adventurous Pikachu and the powerful Goku!

About the language

Japanese is the official language of Japan and has a huge impact on the country’s culture and history thanks to its 128 million native speakers. For centuries, the Japanese language has fascinated learners and linguists due to its complexity and significance to Japanese culture.

The Japanese language is deeply rooted in its culture and history, as demonstrated by its vocabulary and expressions. When possible, native Japanese speakers will utilize linguistic clues that encourage harmony and discourage conflict. In Japanese culture, the use of honorifics is considered essential to maintaining proper social relationships and demonstrating respect towards others. Depending on the speaker’s social status and the listener’s relationship to the speaker, the speaker will use a different verb form or term to convey respect or courtesy. The use of proper honorifics is essential in Japanese etiquette and is crucial in formal situations, such as business meetings and interactions with seniors.

Perhaps one of the most intriguing features of the Japanese language is its writing system, which is a combination of three scripts: Kanji, Hiragana, and Katakana. Kanji is a Japanese alphabet based on Chinese letters. Native Japanese words and grammatical components are written using Hiragana, the Japanese syllabary. Katakana, another syllabary, is used mostly for onomatopoeic expressions and foreign loanwords. Combining these scripts allows for a more intricate and expressive style of communication. Although the writing system may appear complicated, it gives Japanese literature a unique artistic quality. Murasaki Shikibu’s “The Tale of Genji” is a prime example of the beautiful beauty of the Japanese language; its lyrical descriptions of nature and nuanced depictions of human emotion captivate readers. Modern Japanese writers like Haruki Murakami and Banana Yoshimoto carry on this literary tradition, publishing works that are read all over the world and solidifying Japan’s standing as a literary powerhouse.

Today, Japan has become a global leader in technology, the arts, and entertainment. Japanese pop culture, which includes anime, manga, and J-pop music, has attracted a massive following all throughout the world. The country’s unique blend of traditional and modern elements has captivated audiences, making Japan a hub for creativity and innovation in various industries.

Did you know?

Despite being world-renowned for its innovative brands in manufacturing, Japan’s language and culture are deeply rooted in traditions that date back thousands of years.

How it works

  1. Take the Quiz
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  1. Get your results After taking the quiz, you will receive your results by email. And for a small fee, get your own personal certificate!
  1. Share your results Let your boss know, invite your friends, post on social media… Show off your skills, it’s okay to brag!