Japanese can be quite a scary language to learn for foreigners, especially for English speakers. Not only are all the letters completely different to English, but they also have 3 separate alphabets in Japan! I’ve been here for nearly 9 months and I still don’t get why they need 3! Nevertheless, it helps a great deal to know at least some basic phrases before coming here.
So, here are 15 simple words/phrases that should help you on your trip to Japan.
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こんにちは (konnichiwa) – Hello
ありがとう (arigatou) – Thank you
おねがいします (onegaishimasu) – Please
だいじょうぶ (daijoubu) – It’s alright
げんきですか? (genki desuka?) – How are you?
おやすみ (oyasumi) – Goodnight
おはよ (ohayo) – Good morning
あついね (atsuine) – It’s hot
さむいね (samuine) – It’s cold (for people, e.g. someone feels cold)
つめたいね (tsumetaine) – It’s cold (for things, e.g. this drink is cold)
いくらですか? (ikuradesuka?) – How much is this?
そうそうそう (sou sou sou) – I see, I see
すき/だいすき (suki/daisuki) – I like/I love
すみません (sumimasen) – Excuse me
ごめんなさい (gomennasai) – I’m sorry
Thanks for checking in today guys! If you’re wanting to build on your Japanese even more, try out the “Memrise” app. I’ve used this myself and it helped me out so much! You can learn any language on it, not just Japanese. You can check out their website here.
One useful tip for those of you who are wanting to learn more than just the basic phrases, start by learning the structure of the language. Learn the symbols and how the language works before trying to learn a bunch of phrases. This will give you a better understanding and foundation for learning Japanese.
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