Vocab you thought wouldn't be that useful to learn, but turns out to actually be common?

For me its 仕方がない. I thought its this specific word that wouldn’t be used too often. But then I started to notice it everywhere. Even if I see it more commonly used without the particle as 仕方ない.


quite a few i recognise and i go “they really say that?”
of course, i can’t remember them now
last night i hear 立ち入り禁止 lots in Magatsu Wahrheit Zuerst

the one i hear a lot in anime but don’t use in english much is 本物


調べる turns up surprisingly often on the NHK articles I’m reading for practice.


Once I learnt 仕方がない, I heard it in almost every slice of life anime I watched.


I’m not sure I’d expect to hear that spoken much, but it certainly appears on signage.

And then there’s Aika in Aria, whose catch phrase is 恥ずかしいセリフ禁止


he sounds so good saying it too!

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I don’t know how common it really is but I encountered 猫舌 the same day I learned it and was really surprised it’s actually used.


It’s great for explaining why you can’t slurp down your ramen fast. I always have to wait an extra 5 minutes before I can enjoy mine else my tongue gets absolutely burned.


I remember wondering about L21 反省 : Reconsideration

“Reconsideration” sounds like a fairly big word to me in English, so I was surprised how common 反省 actually is.

L33 体操 : calisthenics
I didn’t know the word “calisthenics” so I mistakenly thought 体操 was a rare word. But actually 体操 is not only any kind of rythmical body exercise but also gymnastic in general.

L38 還元: Return To Origins
Puzzling definition, is it about reincarnation or something ? :stuck_out_tongue: So I forgot about but then it suddenly appeared everywhere in Japan

And finally, not a vocab, but probably like most people, it was a big WTF moment when WK wanted to teach the kanji 藤 “Wisteria” at only level 22. I didn’t even know what “Wisteria” is.

Only to realize later that the kanji 藤 is indeed extremely common


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