Japanese Adjectives List. 50 Adjectives for Personality

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Today you’ll learn Japanese Adjectives – but not ANY adjectives. These are adjectives for your (and others’) personality. This way, you can talk about yourself and the type of person you are. Are you…

  • Moody?
  • Energetic?
  • Charismatic? Let’s find out.

Japanese Adjectives List – 50 Adjectives for Personality

Okay, this is a BIG list. Here’s how I suggest you learn with this.

  • Read, review, and read out loud
  • Print it out as physical review material (I like printing stuff)
  • Listen to the Audio lesson at the bottom for pronunciation
  • Save images for your personal use (as flashcards)
  • At the end, you’ll learn how to say “I am (adjective).”

Below, you’ll see the English, then the Japanese (Kanji, Hiragana/Katakana) and the Romaji (so you can read it and pronounce it). It’s broken up into 5 parts to make life easier for you. Just review and read out out.

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1active行動的こうどうてきkōdō-tekina-adjective
2aggressive積極的せっきょくてきsekkyokutekina-adjective
3ambitious意欲的いよくてきiyokutekina-adjective
4anxious不安になるふあんになるfuan ni narui-adjective
5artisticセンスがいいセンスがいいsensu ga iiphrase
6bad-tempered怒りっぽいおこりっぽいokorippoii-adjective
7boringつまらないつまらないtsumaranaii-adjective
8brave勇敢ゆうかんyūkanna-adjective
9calm落ち着いたおちついたochitsuitaphrase
10careful慎重しんちょうshinchōna-adjective

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11charismaticカリスマ性があるカリスマせいがあるkarisumasei ga aruphrase
12coolかっこいいかっこいいkakkoiii-adjective
13creative独創的どくそうてきdokusōtekina-adjective
14diligent勤勉きんべんkinbenna-adjective
15easygoingのんきのんきnonkina-adjective
16emotional感情的かんじょうてきkanjōtekinone
17energetic活気のあるかっきのあるkakki no aruphrase
18enthusiastic熱心ねっしんnesshinna-adjective
19extroverted外向的がいこうてきgaikōtekina-adjective
20friendlyフレンドリーフレンドリーfurendoriina-adjective

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21funny面白いおもしろいomoshiroii-adjective
22generous心大きいこころおおきいkokoro ōkiiphrase
23hard-working勤勉きんべんkinbenna-adjective
24honest誠実せいじつseijitsuna-adjective
25humorous面白いおもしろいomoshiroii-adjective
26indecisive優柔不断ゆうじゅうふだんyūjū fudanna-adjective
27intelligent利口りこうrikōna-adjective
28introverted内向的ないこうてきnaikōtekina-adjective
29kind親切しんせつshinsetsuna-adjective
30lazy尻が重いしりがおもいshiri ga omoiexpression

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31moody気分屋きぶんやkibunyanoun
32naive無邪気むじゃきmujakina-adjective
33naughty腕白わんぱくwanpakuna-adjective
34nice優しいやさしいyasashiii-adjective
35patient忍耐強いにんたいづよいnintaizuyoii-adjective
36polite丁寧ていねいteineina-adjective
37quiet静かしずかshizukana-adjective
38reliable頼もしいたのもしいtanomoshiii-adjective
39romanticロマンチックロマンチックromanchikkunoun
40selfish自己チューじこチューjikochūna-adjective

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41seriousまじめまじめmajimena-adjective
42shy恥ずかしいはずかしいhazukashiii-adjective
43sillyたわいないたわいないtawainaii-adjective
44smart賢いかしこいkashikoii-adjective
45social社交的しゃこうてきshakōtekina-adjective
46strong強いつよいtsuyoii-adjective
47stupidおろかおろかorokana-adjective
48sympathetic血あり涙ありちありなみだありchi ari namida ariphrase
49thoughtful思いやりのあるおもいやりのあるomoiyari no aruphrase
50understanding物分かりのいいものわかりのいいmonowakari no iiphrase

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Now, here’s the Audio Lesson, courtesy of JapanesePod101.com (a good Japanese learning site I use) if you want to listen to all of these words. Be sure to press the play button below. Also, visit them if you want to learn more Japanese.

Leave a comment and let me know which of these Japanese Adjectives on this list fits your personality best! To able to say what kind of person you are, there are 2 easy ways. You can either I say “I am ______” or “I am a/an ______ person.” 

For the first way, if the adjective/phrase ends with “aru” then you can skip “desu.” Why? You can end the sentence with a verb (like aru… or desu, which is kind of like a verb).

1. I am (adjective)… in Japanese

  • I am _______.
  • Watashi wa ______ desu.
  • 私は___です。

For the second way, if the adjective is a “na” adjective – look it up on the charts above – then you’ll need to add “na” before “hito.”

2. I am a/an (adjective) person … in Japanese

  • I am a _____ person.
  • Watashi wa ____ hito desu.
  • 私は____人です。

Now, here’s your assignment. What kind of person are you? Find the word in the Japanese adjectives list above. Then, leave me a comment. I read all comments.

Hope you enjoyed this!

– The Main Junkie

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