Japanese Lesson 11 (Nouns and Jobs)

Duration: 30 mins

This 11th lesson teaches an important part of speech aspect in Japanese which is the noun. Also included is a list of vocabulary about jobs and finally some common phrases. I will try to give examples using both vocabulary and grammar. That way it will be easy for you to see the words when they are separate and when they are in a sentence. Going through the whole page should take about 30 min. Make sure to read the pronunciation and hear the audio as well. If you have any question about this course, please email me directly at Japanese Classes.


Nouns are the most used words in Japanese. They consist of about 35% of part of speech in term of usage. They can help describe living creatures, objects, places, actions, qualities, states of existence, or ideas.

Below is a list of some nouns that you might come across or use very often. That includes some singular and plural forms, as well as feminine and masculine forms. The table contains 3 columns (English, Japanese, and Audio). Make sure you repeat each word after hearing it by either clicking on the audio button or by reading the pronunciation. That should help with memorization as well as improving your pronunciation.

Nouns in Japanese

Nouns Japanese
Cat猫 [neko]
Dog犬 [inu]
Woman女性 [josei]
Women女性たち [josei tachi]
Mother母 [haha]
Sister姉妹 [simai]
Shoes靴 [kutsu]
Socks靴下 [kutsusita]
Book本 [hon]
Books本 [hon]
Stars星 [hoshi]
Sun太陽 [taiyou]

The following are nouns used in a full sentence. That way you will be able to use the word not only by itself but embedded in a structure.

Japanese Nouns in a Sentence

English Japanese
I have a dog私は犬を飼っています。 [Watasi wa inu wo katte imasu.]
I speak Italian私はイタリア語が話せます。 [Watasi wa Itaria-go ga hanase masu.]
I live in America私はアメリカに住んでいます。 [Watashi wa Amerika ni sunde imasu.]
This is my wife私の妻です。 [Watasi no tsuma desu.]
This is my husband私の夫です。 [Watasi no otto desu.]
Can you close the door?ドアを閉めてもらえませんか? [Doa wo shimete morae-masen ka?]


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Vocabulary List about Jobs

Below is a list of jobs and occupations in Japanese. At the end of the list, there will be examples where those terms are used in a sentence.

Jobs in Japanese

Actor男優 [danyuu]
Actress女優 [joyuu]
Artist芸術家 [geijyutsu ka]
Businessman事業者 [Jigyoo sha]
Doctor医師 [isi]
Engineer技術者 [gijyutsu sha]
Nurse看護師 [kango si]
Policeman警察官 [keisatsu kan]
Singer歌手 [kashu]
Student学生 [gakusei]
Teacher教師 [kyoosi]
Translator翻訳家 [honyaku ka]


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Daily Conversation in Japanese

Finally, a list of some commonly used phrases. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Japanese Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in Japanese

English Japanese
He is a policeman彼は警察官です。 [Kare wa keisatsu kan desu.]
I have a long experience私には長い経験があります。 [Watasi niwa nagai keiken ga arimasu.]
I'm a new employee私は新入社員です。 [Watasi wa sinnyuu shain desu.]
I'm an artist私は芸術家です。 [Watasi wa geijyutsu ka desu.]
I'm looking for a job私は仕事を探しています。 [Watasi wa sigoto wo sagasite imasu.]
She is a singer彼女は歌手です。 [Kanojo wa kashu desu.]
What's that called in French?あれはフランスごで何と言うのですか? [Are wa Furansu go de nan to iu no desuka?]
I have a reservation予約しています。 [Yoyaku site imasu.]
I have to goもう、行きます。 [Mou iki masu.]
Where do you live?どこに住んでいますか? [Kokoni sun de imasu ka?]
Spanish is easy to learnスペイン語を習うのは容易です。 [Supein go wo narau nowa youi desu.]

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Congratulations! You finished your 11th lesson in Japanese about nouns, and jobs. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Japanese Lesson 12. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Japanese homepage.