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Japanese Phrases and Common Sentences

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Japanese Phrases This page contains a table including the following: Japanese phrases, expressions and words in Japanese, conversation and idioms, Japanese greetings, and survival phrases. It also helps if you simply want to know what to say when chatting in Japanese! Most of the sentences below are used for everyday life conversations, so they might come handy if you memorize them. If you don't know how to say a word then check our alphabet in Japanese which can be found on the menu above to get some help.

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E nglish G re e tings Hi! Good morning! Good evening!

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Japanese Greetings: Yaa. *1

Ohayou gozaimasu.

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Welcome! (to greet someone)

Youkoso irasshai mashita.

How are you?

Ogenki desuka?

I'm fine, thanks!

Watashi wa genki desu. Arigato!

And you?

Anatawa?

Good/ So-So.

Genki desu. / maa-maa desu.

Thank you (very much)!

Arigatou! *2

You're welcome! (for "thank you")

Dou itashi mashite.

I missed you so much!

Samishi katta desu. *3

What's new?

Saikin dou desuka?

Nothing much

Kawari nai desu.

Good night!

Oyasumi nasai.

See you later!

Mata atode aimashou!

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Good bye! Asking for He lp a nd Dire ctions I'm lost

Sayonara!

Mayotte shimai mashita.

Can I help you?

Otetsudai shimashouka?

Can you help me?

Tetsudatte kuremasuka? *4

Where is the (bathroom/ pharmacy)?

(Toire/yakkyoku) wa doko desuka? (/) Massugu itte kudasai. Soshite, hidari / migi ni magatte kudasai

Go straight! then turn left/ right!

I'm looking for john.

John wo sagashite imasu.

John

One moment please! Hold on please! (phone)

Chotto matte kudasai. Chotto matte kudasai.

How much is this?

Kore wa ikura desuka?

Excuse me ...! (to ask for something) Excuse me! ( to pass by) Come with me!

Sumimasen! Sumimasen!

Watashi to issho ni kite kudasai.

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H ow to Introduc e Yours elf
Anata wa eigo/nihongo wo hanashimasu ka?

Do you speak (English/ Japanese)?

Just a little.

Sukoshi dake.

What's your name?

Namae wa nandesu ka?

My name is ...

Watashi no namae wa ..

Mr.../ Mrs./ Miss

*5 san is adequate for all.

Nice to meet you!

Hajimemashite! or Oai dekite ureshii desu. *6

You're very kind!

Anata wa totemo shinsetsu desu.

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Where are you from?

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Doko no shusshin desu ka?

I'm from (the U.S/ Japan)

Amerika/Nihon kara desu.

I'm (American)

Watashi wa Amerika jin desu.

Where do you live?

Doko ni sun de imasu ka?

I live in (the U.S/ Japan)

Watashi wa amerika / nihon ni sundeimasu.

Did you like it here?

Kokowa suki ni narimashita ka?

Japan is a wonderful country

Nihon ha subarashii kuni desu.

What do you do for a living?

Osigoto wa nandesu ka?

I work as a (translator/ businessman)

Osigoto wa nandesu ka?

I like Japanese

Watashi wa nihongo ga suki desu.

I've been learning Japanese for 1 month

Watashi wa nihongo wo ichikagetu narrate imasu.

Oh! That's good!

Sorewa iidesu ne.

How old are you?

Toshi wa ikutsu desu ka?

I'm (twenty, thirty...) years old.

Watshi wa (20, 30) sai desu.

I have to go

Ikanakutewa narimasen.

I will be right back! Wish Some one Some thing Good luck!

Sugu modori masu.

Ganbatte ne! *7

Happy birthday!

Tanjyoubi omedetou gozaimasu! Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu.

Happy new year!

Merry Christmas!

Merii Kurisumasu! *8

Congratulations!

Omedetou!

Enjoy! (for meals...)

(noun, etc) wo tanoshinde kudasai.

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I'd like to visit Japan one day

Ituka nihon wo otozure tai.

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Say hi to John for me

John ni yoroshiku to tsutaete kudasai.

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Say hi to John for me

Japanese Phrases and Common Sentences


John Odaiji ni.

John ni yoroshiku to tsutaete kudasai.

Bless you (when sneezing) Good night and sweet dreams! Solving a Misund e rsta nd ing I'm Sorry! (if you don't hear something) Sorry (for a mistake)

Oyasumi nasai.

Sumimasen. Gomenasai.

No Problem!

Daijyoubu desu.

Can You Say It Again?

Mouichido itte kuremasuka?

Can You Speak Slowly?

Yukkuri shabette kuremasuka?

Write It Down Please!

Kaite kudasai.

I Don't Understand!

Wakarimasen.

I Don't Know! I Have No Idea.

Shirimasen.

Wakarimasen.

What's That Called In Japanese?

Arewa nihongo de nanto iimasu ka? Omedeto wa eigo de douiu imi desu ka? Omedeto Please wa nihongo de nanto iimasu ka? Please

What Does "gato" Mean In English?

How Do You Say "Please" In Japanese?

What Is This?

Korewa nandesu ka?

My Japanese is bad.

Watashi no nihongo wa heta desu.

I need to practice my Japanese

Nihonn go wo renshu suru hitsuyou ga arimasu.

Don't worry! J a p a ne se E xp re ssions a nd Word s Good/ Bad/ So-So.

Goshinpai naku.

Yoi / Warui / maa-maa

Big/ Small

Ookii/Chiisai

Today/ Now

Kyou / Ima

Tomorrow/ Yesterday

Ashita / Kinou

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Yes/ No

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Hai / iie

Here you go! (when giving something)

Hai, douzo!

Do you like it?

Suki desu ka?

I really like it!

Honto ni suki desu.

I'm hungry/ thirsty.

Onaka ga suki masita. / Nodo ga kawaki mashita.

In The Morning/ Evening/ At Night.

Asa ni, yuugata ni, yoru ni

This/ That. Here/There

Kore / Are Koko / Asoko

Me/ You. Him/ Her.

Watashi / anata Kare / Kanojyo

Really!

Honto!

Look!

Mite

Hurry up!

Isoide!

What? Where?

Nani? Doko?

What time is it?

Nanji desu ka? Jyuji desu. Gogo hichi ji sanjyu pun desu.

It's 10 o'clock. 07:30pm.

Give me this!

Kore wo kudasai!

I love you!

Daisuki desu./ Anata wo aishite imasu. *9 / Choshi ga warui desu.

I feel sick.

I need a doctor

Byouin ni ikitai.

One, Two, Three

Ichi, ni, san

Four, Five, Six

Yon, go, roku

Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten

Nana (shichi) hachi, kyuu, jyuu

*1 This may be a kind of literary/writing expression and its seldom used in conversation. But never is unnatural. *2 Arigato and Arigato gozaimasu. Theres no big difference between them, Arigato gozaimasu is more polite. *3 (Anata ga inakute) Samishi katta desu : Abbreviated Anata ga inakute. *4 Usually we just say Excuse me/ Sumimasen, and Can you help me is included in this Sumimasen. *5 ...san is a very normal way. Add after both first and family name like Koizumi san or Jyunichiro san.
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*6 This sentence can directly be Oai dekite ureshii desu. If you meet person for the first time, you can say Hajimemashite. *7 Direct translation is Kouun wo inorimasu. *8 Christmas is not really celebrated by the Japanese and therefore Merry Christmas is not a common greeting you would hear. *9 This is one of the Japanese language mysteries, I love you is expressed in progressive aspect like I am loving you. But basically its seldom used. Instead, Daisuki desu is used casually. I hope the content of this page was useful to you, and that you learned some Japanese phrases , expressions and words. Make sure to memorize them to be able to use them in your daily conversation. If you want to practice what you have learnt here, go to Language Test. To add this page to your favorite pages simply press (Ctrl+D) on your keyboard for Internet Explorer and Firefox. You can also link to us here: Link to Us.

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