100 Japanese Verbs You Should Know (Part 3)

I revised part one and part two of this series, because I wanted the verbs to have a flow. Wherever possible I tried to group words together that were linked in some way; I tried to group antonyms together as well. I figured that by doing it this way, it would help to organize the words in my mind (which makes for faster recall). I also thought that for those readers trying to pick up some new verbs, word-grouping would be better for you, too. Save a few exceptions, this list includes the verbs in their hiragana, romaji, and kanji forms.

Let’s look at today’s verbs:


41. Oshieru- おしえる 教える- To teach
42. Narau- ならう 習う- To learn
43. Omou- おもう 思う- To think
44. Hajimeru- はじめる 始める- To begin
45. Owaru- おわる 終わる- To end
46. Hayakunaru- はやくなる 早くなる- To be early
47. Osokunaru- おそくなる 遅くなる- To be late
48. Yomu- よむ 詠む- To read
49. Kaku- かく 書く- To write
50. Shiru- しる 知る- To know
51. Oboeru- おぼえる 覚える- To remember
52. Wasureru-わすれる 忘れる- To forget
53. Kazoeru- かぞえる 数える- To count
54. Benkyousuru- べんきょうする 勉強する- To study
55. Yasumu- やすむ 休む- To be absent/ take a day off
56. Saboru- さぼる サボる- To skip school
57. Ageru- あげる- To give
58. Morau- もらう 貰う- To receive
59. Motteiku- もっていく 持ってくる- To bring an item
60. Tsuretekuru- つれてくる 連れてくる- To bring a person

For the words that don’t have kanji, either I wasn’t sure of which kanji to use or I simply haven’t seen/learned it yet.

Until next time,

Donald Ash

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  • Michael Ling

    Thanks for the guide!

    I think there’s an error on #59, because the reading doesn’t match the word.

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