What Basic Japanese Phrases Should I Know?

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Here are some important phrases that may be useful to know when travelling in Japan. We have separated them into categories depending on the situation you are in:

 

Basics:

 

  • Good morning: Ohayō gozaimasu (おはようございます)
  • Good evening: Konbanwa (こんばんは)
  • Hello, my name is __ : Konnichiwa, watashi no namae wa __desu (こんにちは、わたしのなまえは__です)
  • Nice to meet you: Hajimemashite (はじめまして)
  • Thank you : Arigatō gozaimasu (ありがとうございます)
  • Thank you for helping me: Tesudattekurete arigatō gozaimasu (てつだってくれてありがとうございます) 
  • See you later : Matane (またね)
  • Excuse me: Sumimasen (すみません)
  • I don’t understand: Wakarimasen (わかりません)
  • I don’t speak Japanese: Nihongo ga hanasemasen (にほんごがはなせません)
  • Yes/No: Hai / iie (はい / いいえ)
  • No, thank you (more polite): Kekkō desu (けっこうです)
  • Do you speak English?: Eigo ga hanasemasuka? (えいごがはなせます か)
  • How are you?: O genki desuka? (おげんきですか)
  • I’m fine: Genki desu (げんきです)



Eating out/shopping:

 

  • How much does this cost? : Kore wa ikura desuka? (これはいくらですか?)
  • What is this?: Kore wa nan desuka? (これはなんですか?)
  • I would like __, please  : __o kudasai ( __をください)
  • I would like__and__, please :  __to __o kudasai ( __と__をください)
  • Do you have an English menu?: Eigo no menyuu wa arimasuka? (えいごのメニューはありますか?)
  • Thank you for the meal (said before eating): Itadakimasu (いただきます)
  • This is delicious: Oishii desu (おいしいです) 
  • I really enjoyed the meal (said after eating): Gochisōsama deshita (ごちそうさまでした)
  • Can I have the bill, please? : O kaikei onegaishimasu (お かいけい おねがいします)
  • Cheers!: Kanpai! (かんぱい!)
  • Can you translate this?: Yakushite kuremasuka? (やくしてくれますか?)
  • Where is the toilet?: Toire wa doko desuka? (トイレはどこですか?)
  • Do you accept credit card?: Kurejittokādo wa tsukaemaska?(クレジットカードはつかえますか?)

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