Languages › Japanese How to Use the Japanese Word Shaberu Share Flipboard Email Print Thomas Barwick/Getty Image Japanese Essential Japanese Vocabulary History & Culture Japanese Grammar By Namiko Abe Japanese Language Expert B.A., Kwansei Gakuin University Namiko Abe is a Japanese language teacher and translator, as well as a Japanese calligraphy expert. She has been a freelance writer for nearly 20 years. our editorial process Namiko Abe Updated January 30, 2019 The Japanese word, shaberu, or しゃべる in Japanese characters means "to talk," "to chat" or "to prattle." Example Kare wa jitsuni yoku shaberu. 彼は実によくしゃべる。 Translation He really talks a lot.