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Waku Waku Japanese - Language Lesson 38: Animals

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Published on Aug 28, 2012

Let's go to the zoo!! In this lesson of Waku Waku Japanese, Erin takes you to the zoo to teach you the names of all the different animals! From the smallest frogs to the largest elephants, Japanese has a variety of names for all the doubutsu (animals). You'll even spot two of the most common to Japan, the saru (monkey) and the shika (deer).

Animals - Doubutsu
どうぶつ/動物

Zoo - Doubutsuen
どうぶつえん/動物園

Monkey - Saru
さる/猿

Deer - Shika
しか/鹿

Japanese snow monkey - Nihonzaru
にほんざる/日本猿

Temple in Nara - Toudaiji
とうだじ/東大寺

Tiger - Tora
とら/虎

Leopard - Hyou
ひょう/豹

Hippopotamus - Kaba
かば

Elephant - Zou
ぞう/象

Camel - Rakuda
らくだ

Sea otter - Rakko
らっこ

Shell - Kai
かい/貝

River otter - Kawauso
かわうそ

Seal - Azarashi
あざらし

Sea lion - Ashika / Ottosei
あしか/おっとせい

Stellar sea lion - Todo
とど

Bird - Tori
とり/鳥

Parrot - Oumu
おうむ

Peacock - Kujaku
くじゃく/孔雀

Colorful - Iroazayaka
いろあざやか/色鮮やか

Elegant - Yuuga
ゆうが/優雅

Owl (rounded head) - Fukuro
ふくろう/梟

Owl (pointed ears) - Mimizuku
みみずく

Vicious - Doumou
どうもう/獰猛

Lizard - Tokage
とかげ/蜥蜴

Crocodile - Wani
わに/鰐

Snake - Hebi
へび/蛇

Reptile - Hachuurui
はちゅうるい/爬虫類

Frog - Kaeru
かえる/蛙

Toad - Gamagaeru
がまがえる

Poison - Moudoku
もうどく/猛毒

Disgusting - Kimochiwarui
きもちわるい/気持ち悪い

Souvenir - Omiyage
おみやげ/お土産

Aquarium - Suizokukan
すいぞくかん/水族館

So on your next day off head out to the zoo and try out these animal names in Japanese!

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