Most Japanese know a little bit of English since they start learning it in middle school, but every once in awhile, you might catch someone that doesn't know any English at all. Here are 10 Japanese phrases that will be helpful while you are visiting Japan. Watch the video to get a better understanding of how and when to use these phrases.
1. Sumimasen / すみません
Translation: Excuse me
Most commonly used when you bump into someone or need someone's attention. Can also be used as "sorry".
Crystal finding her way through the train station in Tokyo, Japan.
2. Konnichiwa / こんにちわ
Common greeting in Japan. Also means "good afternoon". To take it further, "good morning" is "ohayou gozaimasu" and "good evening" is "konbanwa".
Our cousin's grandmother. She is the sweetest!
Being silly in our parent's neighborhood in Japan.
3. Arigatou / ありがとう
Translation: Thank you
Most common way to say "thank you". If you want to get formal, you can say "arigatou gozaimasu".
A ramen shop in Tokyo.
4. Ikura desu ka? / いくらですか?
Translation: How much is it?
You can also go more casual and shorten the phrase by saying "ikura?", meaning "how much?".
Getting a sample of the different dango pastes at narita tample.
5. Eigo wakari masuka? / 英語わかりますか？
Translation: Do you know English?
When you approach a Japanese person, ask if they know English first. Chances are they know a little, but it's polite to ask.
Narita Station, Japan.
6. Doko desu ka? / どこですか?
Translation: Where is it?
When you are looking at a map and need directions, point at the map and use this phrase. To shorten the phrase, just say "doko?", which means "where?".
Waiting for the train in Tokyo.
Akihabara Station, Japan.
7. Oishii / 美味しい
Crystal uses this
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