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Improve Your Japanese - Useful Adverbs

Updated on July 23, 2014

Usually, (たいてい), enriching the variety of your adverbs results in improving your Japanese. Gradually (だんだん), your Japanese will improve and become more (もっと) fluent, natural, and sophisticated.

Note: 'Romaji' is the phonetical spelling of the Japanese alphabet using the Roman Alphabet.

Japanese Word
English Translation
Romaji
だんだん
Gradually
dandan
ちょっと
A little
chotto
ちょうど
Exactly
chyoudo
たいてい
Usually, mostly
taitei
ずっと
Throughout
zutto
たぶん
Probably
tabun
ひとりで
Alone
hitoride
いっしょに
Together
isshyoni
たとえば
For example
tatoeba
とくに
Especially
tokuni
はじめて
For the first time
hajimete
ほとんど
Really
hotondo(ni)
まず
First of all
mazu
まっすぐ(に)
Straight ahead
massugu(ni)
もういちど
Once again
mouichido
もっと
More
motto
ゆっくり
Slowly
yukkuri
よく
Well
yoku
かなり
Rather, fairly, considerably
kanari
どんどん
Rapidly, steadily
dondon
やっと
Finally, at last
yatto
いつも
Always
itsumo
ときどき/時々
Sometimes
tokidoki
めった(に) (+ negative verb)
Seldom (+ negative verb)
metta(ni)
ぜんぜん/全然
Never, by no means
zenzen
まったく
Quite, entirely
mattaku
かならず/必ず
Certainly, by all means
kanarazu
ぜったいに/絶対に
Absolutely
zettaini
すっかり
Completely
sukkari
きっと
Surely, entirely
kitto
とても
Very, extremely
totemo
やく
About, approximately
yaku
いつまでも
Forever
itsumademo
かつて
Before, once
katsute
まだ
Not yet, still
mada
すぐ
Soon
sugu
しばらく
For a while
shibaraku
いちおう
For the time being
ichiou
とにかく
Anyway, at any rate
tonikaku
つぎに/次に
Then, next
tsukini
ところで
Incidentally, well, now
tokorode
さいごに/最後に
Finally
saigoni
また
Also, again
mata
きゅうに
Suddenly
kyuuni
ぐうぜん(に)/偶然(に)
By chance
guuzen(ni)
もう
More
mou
わざと
On purpose
wazato
なるべく
If possible
narubeku
せっかく
Despite one's efforts
sekkaku
そっと
Secretly
sotto
じっと
Quietly
jitto
かわり(に)
Instead
kawari(ni)
べつべつ(に)/別々(に)
Separately
betsubetsu(ni)
ますます
Increasingly
masumasu
もっとも
Most
mottomo

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Adjectives -> Adverbs?

Adverbs in use!

  • だんだん、日本語を習います(ならいます)。時々(ときどき)ちょっと難しいです。
    Gradually, I'm learning japanese. Sometimes, it's a little hard.
  • ちょうどここがいいです!
    Right there is good!
  • 水曜日ではたいてい楽しみます。
    I usually have fun on Wednesdays.


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      DK 5 years ago from London

      Thank you very much!

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      Robert Burroughs 5 years ago

      I have a Japanese friend that I would love to be able to converse with in her native tongue. This is a great hub.

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      DK 5 years ago from London

      Thank you very much TeacherCaro, I'll be making more :) x

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      TeacherCaro 5 years ago from Venado Tuerto,Sta Fe, Argentina

      Very interesting!!! A bit difficult to learn Japanese for me. Thanks for sharing.

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      DK 5 years ago from London

      Thank you very much! :D

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      Phoebe Pike 5 years ago

      Useful and interesting hub. ^_^

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      DK 5 years ago from London

      You're right! Well spotted :D It's just that when typing in Japanese it's 'Cyotto' so when typing the romaji, a cheeky 'y' slipped in there :o Thanks :) xo domou!

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      Bmm209 5 years ago from California,U.S.A

      I thought a little was "chotto". Could it be both? Or am I wrong?