Travel Tips: Useful Japanese Phrases

Learning to speak Japanese fluently before heading to Japan is almost impossible for a casual learner, but it’s still a good idea to have some useful phrases to get around. Even better, have a language guide book on hand so you can point to the phrase you’re trying to speak! Here are some of the phrases I found most useful on my trips:

こんにちは – Konnichiwa – Hello

ありがとう – Arigatou – Thank You

すみません – Sumimasen – Excuse Me/I’m Sorry

お願いします – OnegaishimasuPlease

ください – KudasaiPlease (informal)

はい – HaiYes

いいえ – Iie – 
 No (rarely used)

ごめんなさい – GomennasaiI am sorry

英語はわかりますか – Eigo wa wakarimasu ka?Do you understand English?

わかりません – WakarimasenI do not understand

もうちょっとゆっくり言ってください Mou chotto yukkuri itte kudasai – Please speak more slowly

これ – Kore
 – This (you can point at something and say “kore” to ask for it)

これをください – Kore o kudasaiThis, please

いくらですか – Ikura desu ka?How much is it?

お名前は何ですか – Onamae wa nan desu ka?What is your name?

私の名前は_です Watashi no namae wa __ desu – My name is __

どうぞよろしく – Dozo yoroshikuPleased to meet you

お元気ですか – Ogenki desu ka?How are you?

元気です – Genki desuI’m fine

おはようございます – Ohayou gozaimasuGood morning

こんばんは – KonbanwaGood Evening

お休みなさい – Oyasumi nasaiGood Night

何 – Nani?What?

いつ – Itsu?When?

誰 – Dare?Who?

どこ – Doko?Where?

トイレはどこですか – Toire wa doko desu ka?Where is the toilet?

駅はどこですか – Eki wa doko desu ka?Where is the train station?

Hopefully you won’t need the following phrases, but it’s good to know them as well:

医者が必要です – Isha ga hitsuyo desuI need a doctor

ここが痛いです – Koko ga itai desuIt hurts here

助けて – Tasukete!Help!

警察を呼んでください Keisatsu o yonde kudasai! – Call the police!

道に迷いました – Michi ni mayoi mashitaI’m lost

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