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
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
すみません ☆Polite language, usually used when asking for a favor or information, etc.
Morning, Good morning
kon ban wa
おやすみ ☆Phrase used before sleeping, parting phrase used to say goodbye late at night.
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
バイバイ ☆Casual expression, used when talking with friends or family.
Good-bye, see you later
またね ☆Used when you will see each other again, or if you want to express that you want to meet again.
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.
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
This (indicating an item near the speaker)
Very, awfully, exceedingly
Super-, ultra-, hyper-, very, really
ちょう ☆Recently used instead of totemo, used as a suffix
Delicious, tasty, sweet
おいしい ☆For drinks and food useable
Interesting, enjoyable, amusing
If you want to ask for something
…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?
☆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?
☆Fork wa ari masuka? フォークはありますか？ Do you have a fork?
What is …?
…wa nan desuka?
☆Kore wa nan desuka? これはなんですか？ What is this?
Please give me …?
☆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.