Animals in Japanese

In this Rocket Japanese lesson we’ll be taking a trip to the zoo to talk about all types of animals in Japanese!

You might have a dog or cat at home, but I bet you don’t have a monkey! You’d have to take a tour to the local zoo or animal sanctuary while in Japan to see some of these.

After this lesson you’ll be able to talk about the animals in your life and also about the more rare animals you don’t see every day.

How to pronounce animals in Japanese

いぬ

Inu

dog

ねこ

Neko

cat

とり

Tori

bird

うま

Uma

horse  

ポニー

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Ponī

pony

うし

Ushi

cow

ねずみ

Nezumi

mouse

さる

Saru

monkey

ぶた

Buta

pig

しか

鹿

Shika

deer

ぞう

Zou

elephant

キリン

麒麟

Kirin

giraffe

やぎ

山羊

Yagi

goat

おうし

雄牛

Oushi

ox

ゴリラ

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Gorira

gorilla

どうぶつ

動物

Dōbutsu

Animals

どうぶつえん

動物園

Dōbutsuen

Zoo

How did you do? Did you notice that Katakana letters are used for the names that sound like the English? But don’t be fooled! You still need to practice, practice, practice to get the Japanese pronunciation right! Feel free to go through this lesson again and say the words out loud until you have the names of animals in Japanese perfected.

Here are a few recommended Japanese lessons to try next!

Sayōnara!

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Sayaka Matsuura
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