Ganbatte, the power of the Cheer

Ganbatte, the power of the Cheer

We learn about ‘cheer’ words like Ganbatte and Ike!


We have often heard the Japanese word ‘Ganbatte’ in anime in many situations like when Naruto goes off on a task, Sakura would cheer him on with ‘Ganbatte!’ Ganbatte is one of the most common words in Japanese. It loosely translates to ‘Do you best!’ and it is a nice word to represent the Japanese people as a whole since they have a ‘Ganbatte-attitude’ about them. It also explains why many of the Japanese work them to exhaustion. In Japan pushing yourself and effort is highly respected. There are a few variations of the word like Ganbarimasu! Ganbaru! Ganbatte kudasai! Ganbare!

Ganbarimasu means to carry through one’s task, putting up with difficulties and striving to overcome all hardships, whereas ganbatte is a polite and softer way of telling someone to do their best, to not give up. To make ganbatte, even more, polite you can say ‘Ganbatte kudasai!’ (kudasai is a polite way of saying please). Lastly ganbare, which means the same, but it is more a command. It is less polite and ‘harder’ sounding. It is forceful but often used to help motivate a subordinate or someone equal to you that are struggling.

Let’s learn more cheer words:

When a friend is struggling ‘ganbatte ne (give it your best, okay) can give him or her strength to pull through, but there are other words the Japanese also use to cheer someone on and some of these we definitely have heard in anime:

Faito (Fight) – Commonly used between close friends. Fight is an English word that became commonplace to the Japanese (They pronounce it as Faito). It is mostly used when a friend feels down the dumps or when a friend is trying to achieve something difficult.

Oen Shimasu /Oen Suruyo“Oen” means “cheer” or “support you” in English. The polite way of saying it is “Oen Shimasu”, the friendly way is “Oen Suruyo”.

Ike! – Means “Go!” in English. It is usually used at sports events to cheer people on.

Daijobu?/Daijoubu desu/Daijobu dayo – ‘Daijobu?’ means “Are you OK?” ‘Daijoubu desu’ means “You’re OK” and ‘Daijobu dayo’ means “No problem!” or “No need to worry”. It is a way of expression to show a person you are when they look worried or nervous. It is very calming because it shows you are cheering for a person.

There are many more ways to cheer someone on in Japanese, but these are the most common words used. Thanks for reading this with us and remember, if you are going through a difficult time right now, we are cheering for you. Ganbatte ne, give it your best, okay!

Here is a video that teaches us how to pronounce Ganbarimasu, please follow our link:

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