How to use adjectives in Japanese

How to use adjectives in Japanese

You want to learn how to use adjectives in Japanese? You've come to the right place! Scroll down and see the short Japanese lessons complete with useful examples. Big, small, happy, sad... we'll teach you all you need to know about Japanese adjectives.

Japanese adjectives

Adjectives are generally used to describe nouns. Adjectives come before the noun in Japanese just like in English.


sega hikui otokonoko
the short boy
kašikoi otokonoko
the smart boy
yowai otokonoko
the weak boy
tsuyoi otokonoko
the strong boy
sega takai otokonoko
the tall boy
Free Japanese lesson

16 / 39

See another Japanese lesson here

Next Japanese Lesson
About Japanese

About Japanese

Japanese is spoken as a first language by 122 million people in Japan. If you are planning on doing some travelling, learning Japanese would be a great way to make the most of your trip.

Get credits

Basic words and phrases in Japanese

Learn to get by in Japanese with these useful words and phrases. We'll begin by learning some basic Japanese phrases which you can use for everyday communication.

Wataši wa genki des.
I am fine.
Wataši wa unzari des.
I am sick.
Wataši wa tsukaremašta.
I am tired.
Wataši wa onaka ga sukimašta.
I am hungry.
TeachMe! Japanese

TeachMe! Japanese

Learn Japanese the easy, fun and fast way. Whether you're a complete beginner or you already know a few phrases in Japanese, you'll be amazed at just how quickly you learn!

Add to cartTell me more
Click me

You can learn Japanese in just 9 easy steps.

If you want to go from beginner to fluent in Japanese in a reasonable amount of time, you'll need a proven study method and daily dedication. Our nine-step Japanese learning guide will show you how to teach yourself Japanese in a structured,effective way. The steps below will take you through the progression of skills needed to learn to speak, read and understand Japanese.

Step 7 : Adjectives in Japanese

Adjectives are used to describe nouns. To get started, we suggest you learn the three Japanese adjectives oki na, čiisa na and furui (big, small, old). Using the nouns šomotsu, čea and doa (book, chair, door) which you learned in Step 3, learn to use each adjective with each noun (the big book, the old chair, the small door). You can scroll to the top of this page to see a short lesson about Japanese adjectives including useful examples. After you've learned to use the adjectives oki na, čiisa na and furui with the nouns šomotsu, čea and doa you can move on to Step 8 (Japanese Verbs).

Step 1 (Japanese Greetings)

Next Step:

Japanese verbs
On the Road! Japanese

On the Road! Japanese

Make the most of your trip to work by learning Japanese words and phrases on the way. With this audio CD, you'll learn 1000's of Japanese words & phrases in a very short time. The voice is in both Japanese and English. Just listen, absorb and enjoy! We are one of the few companies in the world offering a learn Japanese audio cd. If you have a CD player at home or in your car, this is the Japanese course for you.

Add to cartTell me more

We use cookies to improve your experience on our site.

Learn more

Got it!