Japanese Verbs for Every Day Use (50 common verbs)

Verb (Eng.)  –  Japanese plain form (Hiragana)

to run  –  はしる
to walk  –  あるく
to swim  –  およぐ
to eat  –  たべる
to drink  –  のむ
to know  –  しる
to fight  –  たたかう
to heal  –  なおす
to stand  –  たつ
to sit  –  すわる

to wash  –  あびる
to wake up  –  おきる
to sleep  –  ねる
to go  –  いく
to come  –  くる

to sing  –  うたう
to open  –  あける
to close  –  しめる
to lend  –  かす
to borrow  –  かりる
to turn on  – つける
to turn off  –  けす
to buy  –  かう
to sell  –  うる
to begin  –  はじめる
to finish/end  –  おわる
to continue  –  つずく
to kill  –  ころす
to help  –  たすける
to die  –  しぬ
to live/exist  –  いる 
to learn  –  ならう
to teach  –  おしえる
to wait  –  まつ
to make  –  つくる
to hold  –  もつ
to use  –  つかう
to see  –  みる
to hear/ask  – きく
to write  –  かく
to read  –  よむ
to say  –  いいう
to speak  – はなす
to fall  –  おちる
to change  –  ちがう
to take (a photo)  –  とる
to understand  –  わかる
to rest  –  やすむ
to reply  –  おくる
to think  –  かんがえる
to study  –  べんきょう する

If you don’t yet know hiragana, find a chart of the alphabet and practice by finding the characters to see how to read each word.

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4 thoughts on “Japanese Verbs for Every Day Use (50 common verbs)

  1. Hello Andrew. Long time no see (: I hope you mind me correcting a few minor mistakes I found in this post:

    Continue => つづく
    Say => いう

    ちがう=> Rather than ‘to change’ I would say ‘to be different’. かわる would probably be better for ‘to change’.

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  2. Pingback: Japanese Verbs for Every Day Use (50 common verbs – Languablog

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