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Japanese Words for Describing

Without description words (aka adjectives) it is very difficult to carry on a conversation or make any kind of point in Japanese. Adjectives (形容詞- けいようし) allow you to explain your feelings, your mood, size, shape, light, dark, temperature, and a lot more. The more Japanese adjectives you are comfortable with, the easier it will be to convey your thoughts, making your conversations in Japanese much easier.


We have put together a list of nearly 100 Japanese adjectives, including both “i” adjectives and “na” adjectives. Please study these words and get to know them well, as you will hear them very often in everyday speech.

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Update: After reading through this list, you can find the first 10 words used in sentences here: Japanese Adjectives in Sentences Part 1.

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