These are lists of basic vocabulary compiled by various people and grouped by different aspects.
An abbreviation is a shorter way to write a word or phrase.
Words or expressions no longer current or that are current only within a few special contexts.
Words and expressions used by children and young people.
Words not used in formal speech, writing or paralinguistics.
Words or grammatical forms expressing a low opinion of someone or something.
Words and expressions used orally with friends and family.
Words and expressions commonly used by women.
Words used in sonkeigo or respectful language, used to show respect to the subject of the sentence.
Words used in kenjougo or humble language, used to lower the position of the speaker or the subject of the conversation.
Expressions, words, or phrases that have a figurative meaning conventionally understood by native speakers.
Words used to create experiences can make people laugh or feel happy.
Words and expressions commonly used by men.
Words used in the Japanese comic book world.
Words or expressions not clearly expressed or easily understood.
Old-fashioned words and expressions no longer in use.
Words that phonetically imitate, resemble or suggest the source of the sound that it describes.
Words and expressions used in poetry, a type of art form and a type of literature.
Words used in teineigo or polite language, used to refer to one's own actions or those of other people.
Simple and concrete saying, popularly known and repeated, that expresses a truth based on common sense or experience.
Words and expressions not occurring very often.
Words and expressions that may hurt, upset or offend others.
Informal words or expressions likely to be interpreted by listeners as implying particular attitudes on the part of the speaker.
Words lacking refinement or cultivation or taste.
Words and expressions which are always written using hiragana or katakana.
Words consisting of four kanji characters having a particular meaning that cannot be inferred from the meanings of the components that make them up.
Terms used by anatomists and zoologists, in scientific journals, textbooks, and by doctors and other health professionals.
Terms used in architecture, used in the process and the product of planning, designing, and constructing buildings and other physical structures.
Terms used in the study of the universe and stars, planets and galaxies as well as other things.
Terms used in the game of baseball a sport widely played in Japan.
Terms used in the science of life and living things, and their evolution.
Terms used in the science of the study of plants.
Words and expressions used in Buddhism, a religion widely extended in Japan.
Terms used in business, common terminology and acronyms in business plans, accounting, finance, and other aspects of small business.
Terms used in science that deals with chemical elements and compounds, and how these things work together.
Terms related to computers, Internet and techical support.
Terms used in the social science which studies economic activity: how people make choices to get what they want.
Terms used in many of the different branches of the engineering.
Terms used in finance, mostly related to businesses and how they make money.
Terms related to food and how to cook it.
Terms used in the study of the nonliving things that the Earth is made of.
Terms used in the kind of mathematics that studies the size, shapes, and positions of things.
Terms used in law, commonly used by lawyers and judges.
Terms used in the study of the languages.
Terms used in mahjong, a game for four players that was created in China.
Terms used in Japanese martial arts like Judo, Kendo, Aikido, Ninjutsu among others.
Terms used in mathematics, the study of numbers, shapes and patterns.
Terms used in medicine, the science that deals with diseases (illnesses) in humans and animals.
Military terminology often used in the armed forces.
Music terminology, used in music composition or in different musical styles.
Terms used in the branch of science, is the study of all forces and their impacts on the environment.
Words and expressions used in Shinto, an ethnic religion of the people of Japan.
Terms used in shogi, a game also known as Japanese chess.
Terms which reference to more than one sport.
Terms used in sumo, a Japanese full-contact sport.
Terms used in the science of studying animal life.
Adjectival nouns (keiyō-dōshi) or adjectives finishing in な before they modify a noun.
Adjectives finishing in い before they modify a noun.
Special case of い(keiyoushi) adjectives that conjugate like いい/よい
Fukushi adverb coming from adjectives.
Archaic form of a な adjective no longer used.
Word used to connect clauses or sentences or to coordinate words in the same clause.
Japanese copulas that would most often be translated as one of the so-called be-verbs of English.
Words used along with numbers to count things, actions, and events.
Words or phrases, used to convey an idea.
Spoken or written expressions of emotion.
Verbs or nouns acting as an adjective.
Nouns that can be converted into genitive case using the particle の.
Adjectives occurring before nouns and not in a predicative position.
Archaic form of adjective no longer used.
Archaic form of adjective no longer used.
A variant of な adjectives which take たる ending.
Words specific of the Hokkaido dialect, spoken in Hokkaido, where there are cities like Sapporo, Hakodate or Asahikawa.
Words specific of the Kansai dialect, spoken in the Kansai area, where there are cities like Kyoto or Osaka.
Words specific of the Kantō dialect, spoken in the Kantō region (apart from the Izu Islands), where there are cities like Tokyo.
Words specific of the Kyoto dialect, spoken in the city of Kyoto.
Words specific of the Kyūshū dialect, spoken in the Kyūshū island, where there are cities like Fukuoka, Kitakyushu or Kumamoto.
Words specific of the Nagano dialect, spoken in the Nagano prefecture.
Words specific of the Osaka dialect, spoken in the city of Osaka.
Words specific of the Ryuukyuu dialect, spoken in the Okinawa prefecture. Many of the words in this dialect come from the Ryukyuan languages.
Words specific of the Tosa dialect, spoken in the central and eastern regions of modern-day Kōchi Prefecture, where there are cities like Kōchi.
Words specific of the Tōhoku dialect, spoken in the Tōhoku region, where there are cities like Sendai, Iwaki or Koriyama.
Words specific of the Tsugaru dialect, spoken in western Aomori Prefecture.
Gikun and jukujikun are readings of kanji combinations that have no direct correspondence to the characters' individual on'yomi or kun'yomi readings.
Readings no longer used in modern Japanese.
Readings considered non-standard, infrequent, coloquial or dialectical.