Japanese Survival Phrases

JAPANESE SURVIVAL PHRASES

(Written in English, Romaji, and Hiragana)


How much is this?  

Kore wa ikura desuka?

これはいくらですか?

 

Excuse me …! (to ask for something) Excuse me! ( to pass by)

Sumimasen!

すみません!

 

Good morning! 

Ohayou gozaimasu. (ohayou. By itself- informal)

おはようございます。

 

Hello or Good Afternoon! 

Konnichiwa

こんにちは。

 

Good evening!

Konbanwa

こんばんは。

 

Good night! 

Oyasumi nasai. (Oyasumi. By itself- informal)

おやすみなさい。

 

Nice to meet you! 

Hajimemashite! Douzoyoroshiku Oneigaishimasu.

 

(before your eat- it’s almost like saying “Grace”)Let’s Eat! (I humbly receive) 

Itadakimasu! いただきます

 

Thank you! 

Arigatou Gozaimasu!

ありがとうございます!

 

(Doumo= Thanks)

どうも

(After you eat, before leaving/going out the door- tell the workers/chef) Thank you for the great food/service/work
Gochisou sama deshita!

ごちそうさまでした!

 

Goodbye! See ya Later Ja ne!

Mata ne! or Ja mata! (or they say Bye Bye)

じゃね!またね!じゃまた!

 

FUN! 

Tanoshii!

たのし!たのしです。

 

It was fun! 

Tanoshikatta desu!

 

Cool! Wow! 

Sugoi!

すごい!

 

Taste so good! Delicious! 

Oishii! Oishii desu! Or Oishii desu ne!

おいしい。おいしいです。おいしいですね!

 

Really? Honto?

Honto desu ka?– oh really- formal)

ほんと?ほんとですか。

 

Is that so? 

Sou desu ka?

そうですか。

 

Oh really? I see I see (or agreeing- like saying that’s true, that’s right) 

Sou desu ne.

そうですね。

 

Please wait. 

Chotto matte kudasai.

ちょっと待ってください。

 

Eki 

Train Station

えき

 

Sugi wa 

Next stop (while on the metro)

すぎは

 

Where is the restroom? 

Toilet wa doko desu ka?

トイレはどこですか。

 

What time is it? 

Nanji desu ka?

なんじですか。

Kanji(何時ですか。)

 

SLANG

(every region has its own slang  – just like in any other country)

1.  “Yabai”

means not good..or good/cool

similar to how people say “that’s Bad!” = meaning that’s cool!
2.  Cho

= very or a lot

 

3. Majji De = Are you serious?

 

4. Oss! = What’s up? (only guys use this)

 

Keep in mind, there are signs in English.

However, most people do not speak English there

You probably could get away with it and try to find workers that speak English, but for the most part, you will need to practice Japanese. Please read our Japanese Survival Phrases post!

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2 thoughts on “Japanese Survival Phrases

  1. This was very helpful and all, but i have one question. What up with the random smiley face? Like, up at the top, Where it starts talking about how much is it, look all the way to the right next to the scroll thing. thers a smiley face. Just askin!

    • Thanks for your comment! Hmm, not sure..we don’t see the smiley face when we look all the way to the right? Maybe, there’s a technical difficulty? Will let you know if we find out! Glad you found it helpful! Feel free to add or send us any photos, videos, recommendations for any city/culture/travel experience and we’ll post it to the site and tag you 🙂 Thanks again!

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