Basic Japanese Phrases!

Konnichiwa! In this article I will teach you some basic Japanese phrases that you can use the next time you travel to Japan!

General Information

Japanese is the official language of Japan, and is spoken by around 128 million people. The language is natively known as Nihongo and is considered one of the hardest languages to master.

Why should you learn Japanese?

If you have an interest in Japanese culture and want to make Japanese friends, then learning Japanese is essential to enhancing your experience in the land of the rising sun. Learning Japanese will allow you to expand your mind and have a more in-depth understanding of Japanese culture.

Japan is one of the richest countries in the world, and being able to speak Japanese will open your doors to new business opportunities in Asia.

Also, Anime, if you’re into that sort of stuff.

Basic Phrases

Let’s learn some basic phrases and sentences together.

Hello – Konnichiwa – こんにちは

Nice to meet you – Hajimemashite – 初めまして

How are you? – O Genki Desu ka? – お元気ですか

I’m good thank you, and you? – Hai, Genki Desu. Anata wa? – はい、元気です。あなたは

What’s your name? – O Name wa? – お名前は?

My name is ___  – ___ Desu – ___です

Where are you from? – Shusshin wa doko desu ka? – 出身はどこですか

I’m from ___ – ___ shusshin desu. – ___出身です

Excuse me – Sumimasenすみません

Can you speak English? – Eigo ga hanasemasu ka? – 英語が話せますか

I cannot speak Japanese – Nihongo ga hanasemasen日本語が話せません

Excuse me, where is the toilet? – Sumimasen, toire wa doko desu ka? – すみません、トイレはどこですか

Excuse me, how much is this? – Sumimasen, kore wa ikura desu ka?すみません、これはいくらですか

Can you help me please? – Tetsudatte itadakemasen deshou ka?手伝っていただけませんでしょうか

Now you have learned a little bit of Japanese! Congratulations! You can now use these phrases whenever you need to during your travels around Japan. Good luck!

 

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