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Let’s talk about the different Animals in Japanese


Let’s talk about the different Animals in Japanese


The Japanese word for Animals is 動物 (どうぶつ).


The Kanji book that I’ve been using for my Kanji lessons listed only three animals for N5 while N4 has four Kanji.

Recently, I have been studying Kanji again as I have already forgotten most of it. So, I will start with the 7 animals from the book that I’ve been using.



N5 Kanji for Animals:

  • Insect むし ()
  • Dog いぬ()

  • Shellfish かい ()


N4 Kanji for Animals:

  • Cow うし ()

  • Fish さかな ()

  • Horse うま ()
  • Bird とり ()


Animals that I haven’t studied their Kanji’s:

Cat ねこ()

Mouse ねずみ ()

Tiger とら ()

Rabbit ウサギ ()

Sheep - ヒツジ ()

Pig - ブタ ()

Chicken にわとり()

Snake - ヘビ ()

Monkey さる ()


Butterfly チョウチョウ (蝶蝶)

Ant - アリ ()

Mosquito - ()

Fly ハエ ()

Cockroach - ゴキブリ

Spider - クモ (蜘蛛)


Duck かも ()

Pigeon はと()

Crow - カラス ()

Owl フクロウ ()

Eagle - ワシ ()


Goat - ヤギ (山羊)

Frog - カエル ()

Turtle - カメ ()


Crab - カニ ()

Squid - イカ(烏賊)

Shrimp エビ (海老)

Octopus - タコ ()

Penguin - ペンギン

Dolphin - イルカ

Whale - クジラ ()

Shark - サメ()


Deer しか (鹿)

Zebra - シマウマ (縞馬)

Giraffe - キリン (麒麟)

Kangaroo - カンガルー

Camel - ラクダ (駱駝)


Fox キツネ ()

Raccoon タヌキ ()

Squirrel - リス (栗鼠)


Bear くま ()

Panda - パンダ

Wild Boar イノシシ ()

Wolf - オオカミ ()

Lion しし (獅子) / ライオン

Cheetah - チーター


Rhinoceros - サイ()

Hippopotamus - カバ (河馬)

Elephant - ゾウ ()

Crocodile - ワニ ()

Lizard - トカゲ (蜥蜴)



Mythical creatures:


Dragon – りゅう/ドラゴン ()

Unicorn - ユニコーン (一角獣)

Griffin - グリフィン

Phoenix - フェニックス

Basilisk - バジリスク



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