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Japanese Phrases for Traveling
This hub features everything you need to know so you can safely and comfortably travel to and around Japan!
The hub is split as follows:
- The Basics
- Japanese Phrases For The Airport
- Japanese Phrases For Emergencies
- Out and About (Directions)
- Japanese Phrases For Restaurants
Luckily for you, Japanese pronunciation is one of the easiest of all languages! Every word will end on either of the 5 vowels "a" "i" "u" "e" and "o" or the letter "n". Thus, after you learn how to pronounce the 5 vowels correctly, you've already learned how to pronounce Japanese!
"a" is pronounced the same way as the "a" in "cat"
"i" is pronounced like the "ea" in "tea"
"u" like "oo"in "food"
"e" as the "e" in "debt"
"o" as the "o" in "on"
Note: if a word ends on "e" then the "e" is still pronounced e.g. kabe means 'wall' and is pronounced "ka" and then "be" (remember the 'e' in 'be' is pronounced like the 'e' in 'debt') and not like "kayb" as you would read it in english.
Make sure to refer to the pronunciation of these 5 vowels when practising speaking so that the Japanese will understand you.
1. The Basics
The following is a list of basic japanese words in case you haven't learned them already. Be sure to check the pronunciation capsule on the right so that you speak properly! The japanese transliteration is given in bold.
Yes - hai
No - iie
Hello - kon.nichiwa
Hello (on a phone) - moshi moshi
Goodbye - sayounara
Good morning - ohayougozaimasu
Good evening - konbanwa
Good night - oyasuminasai
See you later - ja, mata
Please - onegaishimasu
Thank you - arigatou
Thank you very much - hontou ni arigatou gozaimasu
No thank you - iie kekkou desu
Pleased to meet you - hajimemashte
How do you do? - o genki desu ka?
I'm fine thanks - okagesama de
Pardon? - nante imashita ka?
I understand - naruhodo
I do not understand - wakarimasen
(note: "." signifies a quick pause before the letter it procedes. This is in order to achieve better prononciation!)
2. Japanese Phrases For The Airport
Excuse me (getting past someone) - shitsureishimasu
Excuse me (to get someone's attention) - chotto sumimasen
Sorry - gomen.nasai
Could you speak more slowly? - mot.to yuk.kuri hanashite kuremasen ka?
Could you repeat that please? - mou ichido it.the kuremasen ka?
I would like to rent a car - watashi wa kuruma o karitai desu
Where are the taxis? - takushi wa doko desu ka?
How much is it to X ? - X made ikura desu ka?
How much is it to Osaka? - Osaka made ikura desu ka?
I am lost - michi ni mayot.temasu
May I use the phone? - denwa o karitemo iidesuka?
I would like to go to Narita Airport - watashi wa narita kuukou ni ikitai desu
Where are the toilets? - toire wa doko desu ka?
Airport - kuukou
Aeroplane - hikouki
3. Japanese Phrases For Emergencies
Help! - tasukete!`
Stop! - tomare!
I need a doctor! - Ishya ga irimasu!
Call a doctor! - ishya o yonde!
I've lost my X - watashi no X o nakushimashita
I've lost my passport/camera/wallet - watashi no pasupooto/kamera/saifu o nakushimashita
It's an emergency! - kinku desu!
Fire! - kaji da!
I've been mugged - watashi wa goutou ni aimashita
Where is the nearest X? - ichiban chikai X wa doko desu ka?
Where is the nearest hospital/police station?" - ichiban chikai byouin/keisatsushyo desu ka?
Kyuukyuushya o yonde - call an ambulance
Could you help me please? - tasukete kuremasen ka?
I've run out of gasoline - gasorin ga nai desu
I'm really sorry - ayamarimasu
Can I use your phone? - anata no denwa ga karitemo ii desu ka?
My X is missing! - Watashi no X ga yukuefumei desu!
My child/wife/husband is missing! - watashi no kodomo/ tsuma/ shyujin ga yukuefumeidesu
Can I have a lawyer who can speak english? - eigo ga hanaseru bengoshi wo onegai dekimasuka?
I didn't do it! - watashi wa shiteimasen!
4. Out and About (Directions)
Where is x? - X wa doko desu ka?
Where is the train station? - eki wa doko desu ka?
How far is it? - dono kurai tooi desu ka?
Can you show me where it is on the map? - soko ga dokoka chizu de oshiete kudasai
How do you read this kanji? - Kono kanji no yomikata wa nan desu ka?
How do I get there? - watashi wa douyatte ikeba ii desu ka?
Turn left - migi ni magaru
Turn right - hidari ni magaru
Go straight - massugu iku
It's on the corner - kado de wa
Here - koko
There - soko
Over there - asoko
Bus stop - basutei
Train station - eki
Bank - ginkou
Police station - keisatsushyo
Cinema - eigakan
School - gakko
House - ie
5. Japanese Phrases For Restaurants
Restaurant - restoran
I'd like a table for two please - futoriyou no seki ga ii desu.
Could I have a menu please? - Menyuu o kudasai
Can I order some food? - kyuumon shitemo iidesu ka?
What's good here? - koko wa nani ga oishii desu ka?
What do you recommend? - dore ga ososume desu ka?
Chopsticks - hashi
Fork - fooku
Knife - naifu
Spoon - supuun
Could I have a knife and fork please? - naifu to fooku o kudasai
Glass - gurasu
I don't eat X - watashiwa x o tabemasen
Do you have vegetarian food? - bejitarian no ryouri wa arimasu ka?
I don't eat meat - watashiwa niku o tabemasen
I'm allergic to x - watashi wa x no arugi desu
I'm allergic to nuts - watashi wa natsu no arugi desu
Could I have some butter/sugar/water please? - bataa/satou/mizu o moraemasuka?
It's very delicious! - totemo oishii desu!
More water please - mizu o motto kudasai
Bill please! - okaike onegaishimasu
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