Japanese Katakana Words List – Foreign Words

Japanese Katakana Words List – Foreign Words

This is a list of katakana words, aka foreign words that have been adopted into Japanese language using the カタカナ alphabet system.

These foreign words are also known as 外来語 (gairaigo). A large majority of them come from English, but there are also many words influenced from Portuguese, French, German, etc.

Many of the words maintain a similar meaning to the original word, but other words take on a completely new meaning in Japanese. These are known as 和製英語 (wasei eigo).

Japanese Katakana Words Complete Study Guide

#RomajiJapaneseGrammar MeaningLevel
101 zubon trousers; pants N5

Total Japanese Katakana Words Lessons (101)

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*NOTE* Officially, there are no kanji, vocabulary, or grammar lists for the JLPT. As a result, it is not possible to be certain which kanji, words, or grammar will or will not appear in a given test. Our study lists are based on prior test data and comparisons with other available lists of JLPT kanji, vocabulary, grammar, etc.