How to Say Meat in Japanese

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Whether you're ordering a meal at a Japanese restaurant or shopping for meat products at a Japanese grocery store, knowing the basic words for types of meat will come in handy. Learn the kanji characters and proper Japanese pronunciation for "meat" along with other meat-related vocabulary. For a complete meal, make sure you also know some basic vegetable vocabulary.

Japanese Meat Vocabulary

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English Japanese Pronunciation Kanji Characters
Meat niku
Beef gyuuniku 牛肉
Pork butaniku 豚肉
Chicken toriniku 鶏肉
Lamb hitsujiniku 羊肉
Turkey shichimenchou 七面鳥
Sausage sooseeji ソーセージ
Bacon beekon ベーコン
Ham hamu ハム