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The best part of a trip is to communicate with locals in their language. Unfortunately, not everywhere English can be understood, especially in Japan. That this don`t become a problem during your trip in Japan, we will introduce you some useful Japanese phrases. This time, we will focus on simple greetings, restaurant and shopping phrases.

Greeting words and the feeling of gratitude

Hello, Good day
kon nichi wa
こんにちは
Thanks
arigatou
ありがとう
Thank you
arigatou gozaimasu
ありがとうございます
☆Formal way of saying thanks
1.Excuse me, pardon me, I’m sorry
2.Thank you
sumimasen
すみません
☆Polite language, usually used when asking for a favor or information, etc.
Morning, Good morning
ohayou
おはよう
Good evening
kon ban wa
こんばんは
Good night
oyasumi
おやすみ
☆Phrase used before sleeping, parting phrase used to say goodbye late at night.
Good-bye
sayounara
さようなら
☆Formal way of saying good-bye. Especially when you won`t see the other person again (last time). Not used when talking with friends or family.
Bye-bye, good-bye, see you
bai-bai
バイバイ
☆Casual expression, used when talking with friends or family.
Good-bye, see you later
matane
またね
☆Used when you will see each other again, or if you want to express that you want to meet again.
Itadaki masu
itadaki masu
いただきます
☆Expression of gratitude before meals,which means thanks to the plants, animals, farmers, hunters, chefs, and everything that went into the meal.
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Gochisou sama
gochisou sama
ごちそうさま
☆Word used after one has been treated (especially used after a meal).It means What a wonderful meal.

Useful phrases for communication

I,me
watashi
わたし
This (indicating an item near the speaker)
kore
これ
restroom, bathroom
toire
トイレ
Very, awfully, exceedingly
totemo
とても
Super-, ultra-, hyper-, very, really
chou
ちょう
☆Recently used instead of totemo, used as a suffix
Delicious, tasty, sweet
oishii
おいしい
☆For drinks and food useable
Enjoyable, fun
tanoshii
たのしい
Interesting, enjoyable, amusing
omoshiroi
おもしろい

If you want to ask for something

Where is…?
…wa doko desuka?
〜はどこですか
☆Toire wa doko desuka?トイレはどこですか?
Where is the restroom?
How much is…?
…wa ikura desuka?
〜はいくらですか
☆Ticket wa ikura desuka?チケットはいくらですか?
How much is the ticket?
Do you have…?
…wa ari masuka?
〜はありますか
☆Fork wa ari masuka? フォークはありますか?
Do you have a fork?
What is …?
…wa nan desuka? 
〜は何ですか
☆Kore wa nan desuka? これはなんですか?
What is this?
Please give me …?
…kudasai
〜ください
☆Kore kudasai.これください。
I would like to have this (at the register or in the restaurant)

How was it?
Try and use Japanese as often as you can. Contact us if you want to know how to say a word in Japanese. We are waiting impatiently for you questions.

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