Today, we’re covering what tons of people request – cute Japanese words and phrases.
You don’t really need them for conversations, unless you’re trying to be cute.
However, these are great to know. You can use them with your girlfriends or boyfriends. Or you might hear them in anime. You’re going to learn the phrases – in Japanese and in English – and get key words and vocabulary translated.
Now, because you’re interested in learning Japanese….
1. Super cute 可愛すぎ
- Kawai sugi
This is a very casual, shortened way to say “super cute” in Japanese. For the longer variation, you can say…
- Kawai sugiru
2. Very cute めっちゃ可愛い
- meccha kawaii
“Meccha” is a very casual and Osaka-dialect to say “very” in Japanese.
3. I’m excited. ドキドキしてる。
- Doki Doki shiteru.
Doki doki is one of the most important cute Japanese words to know. It means “excited” and is one of the Japanese language’s many onomatopoeia. Shiteru comes from “suru” and means to do – but you can’t translate this literally.
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4. Please stay by my side そばにいてください。
- Soba ni ite kudasai.
Do you know all of these cute Japanese words? No? Well…
Soba means near and kudasai means please. The word in the middle, ite, means “be” is a conjugation of the verb “iru” in the “te-form.” Pretty simple!
5. I won’t forget about you あなたことを忘れない。
- Anata koto wo wasurenai.
You should know that anata means you. Koto means thing but in this case it refers to you or “about you.” Finally, wasurenai means to not be able to forget. So, don’t forget this Japanese lesson!
6. Hold my hand 手を繋いで。
- Te wo tsunaide.
Let’s break these cute Japanese words down.
Te is hand. Easy to remember. Tsunaide comes from “tsunagu” and means “to hold.” If you’re wondering about the “wo” as you’ve seen earlier, it’s just a particle used to connect a verb and the object that’s affected by the verb.
7. Sorry! I forgot! ごめん！忘れちゃった！
- Gomen! Wasurechatta.
Gomen is a casual way of saying sorry. Wasurechatta means I forgot but it’s said in a very casual way that implies that you were careless. It’s a bit complicated grammar but don’t worry about it. With enough practice, you’ll get it.
8. I’m here for whenever you need me いつだって君には私がいるから。
- Itsu datte kimi ni wa watashi ga iru kara.
Itsu datte means “any time” and kimi is a very common word – it’s a nicer way of saying you. Watashi, you’d probably already know means “I.”
9. Even if you go far away, I’ll be by your side 遠くに行っても私はあなたのそばにいます。
- Tooku ni ittemo watashi wa anata no soba ni imasu.
Tooku comes from the adjective – tooi – meaning far. Then, ittemo comes from the verb “to go – iku.” Again, we see “soba” “anata” and “watashi” – all of which you know.
10. I want to become a good person. いい人になりたい。
- Ii hito ni naritai.
Ii, pronounced as “ee” means good and hito is person. All’s left is naritai which comes from the verb naru – meaning – to become. However, the “tai” form makes it mean “want to become.”
11. Let’s always be friends ずっと友達でいよう。
- Zutto tomodachi de iyou.
Zutto means always. And tomodachi – you’ve definitely heard this before. Just means “friend.”
12. I don’t want to get out of bed ベッドから出たくない。
- Beddo kara detakunai.
Who does? Beddo is obviously… a bed. And detekunai comes from “deru” meaning to get out of. Except, in this grammar format, it means “don’t want to get out of.”
13. I’m glad I waited. 待っていて良かった。
- Matteite yokatta.
The grammar form -te yokatta means “Im glad that _____.” Matteite comes from the verb – matsu – to wait.
14. I’m so happy, I can’t contain it. 嬉しくてたまらない。
- Ureshikute tamaranai.
Ureshii means happy and tamaranai means unbearable. How happy are you? Can you contain it?
This is one of my favorite cute Japanese words.
15. Let’s meet in our dreams. 夢で会いましょう。
- Yume de aimashou.
You’ll most likely never hear this. Maybe in anime. But cute phrase nevertheless. Yume means dream and aimashou means let’s meet. The original verb for “to meet” is “au.”
16. I don’t want to wake up yet! まだ起きたくない。
- Mada okitakunai.
Then, stay in bed! Mada means “still” or “yet.” And “okitakunai” means to not want to get up. Remember, we covered the ~takunai covered earlier.
17. I don’t want to grow up. 大人になりたくないよ。
- Otona ni naritakunaiyo.
What? You don’t!? But paying bills is so fun! Otona means “adult” and naritakunai means “don’t want to become.” Yo just adds emphasis to the phrase.
18. People like you are rare. あなたみたいな人は珍しい。
- Anata mitaina hito wa mezurashii.
Japanese learners are pretty rare. So you’re pretty rare! Now, let’s explain these cute Japanese words.
Mezurashii means rare. Anata, as you know, means you. Hito is person. Mitai means “-like” or “similar.”
19. You are special to me. あなたは私にとって特別です。
- Anata wa watashi ni totte tokubetsu desu.
Anata, watashi – all you know. Ni totte means “to me” or for whomever this phrase is attached to. Tokubetsu means “special.”
20. You’re so cute and perfect to me. 私には、あなたは可愛く完璧です。
- Watashi ni wa, anata wa kawaiku kanpeki desu.
Not only are you special, but perfect and cute! Everyone knows that “kawaii” means “cute.” Kanpeki means “Perfect.”
21. I will always love you. いつまでも愛します。
- Itsu made mo aishimasu.
Itsumade means forever or in this case, always. Ai-suru or Ai-shimasu means “to love” and “ai” means “love.”
22. Don’t worry about it. 気にしないで。
- Ki ni shinaide.
Worrying about learning Japanese? Don’t worry about it!
23. A smile suits you nicely. 笑顔よく似合う.
- Egao yoku niau.
Now this is a cute phrase to use. Egao means a “smile.” Niau means suits and yoku comes from “ii” which is good/well.
24. These feelings are a secret. この気持ちは秘密。
- Kono kimochi wa himitsu.
Kono means this. Kimochi (not Kimchi) means feelings and himitsu is secret. But please, don’t keep them a secret. Leave a comment and tell me your feelings!
25. I want to talk with you. あなたと話したい。
- Anata to hanashitai.
Hanashitai comes from the verb – hanasu – to talk/speak. The -shitai makes it become “want to talk.’
26. Thank you for everything. いつもお世話になりましてありがとうございます。
- Itsumo osewa ni narimashite arigatou gozaimasu.
This is more of a traditional phrase. It literally means “thank you for always taking care of me.” Itsumo is always. Osewa ni naru means to receive favor or be much obliged. And arigatou… well you should know that!
27. Let’s go together. 一緒に行こう。
- Issho ni ikou.
Issho ni – means together. And ikou comes from iku – to go.
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