Useful Phrases

GREETINGS

ENGLISH

JAPANESE

How do you do? Hajime-mashite.
How are you? O - genki desu ka?
Good morning. Ohayo gozaimasu.
Good afternoon/hello Konnichi - wa.
Good evening Komban - wa
Good night. Oyasumi - nasai
Good-bye Sayonara
See you later Dewa mata

 

PHRASES

ENGLISH

JAPANESE

Thank you Arigato
Please O-negai shimasu (when asking for something)
Please Dozo (when offering something)
Yes Hai
No Ii-e
Excuse me Sumimasen
I don't understand Wakarimasen
English Ei-go
Do you speak English? Ei-go ga dekimasu ka?
I don't speak Japanese Nihon-go ga dekimasen.
Please write in English/Japanese. Eigo/Nihon-go de kaite kudasai.
Where is……? …… wa doko desu ka?
Where is the toilet? Toire wa doko desu ka?
Bank Ginko
Post Office Yuubinkyoku
How much is this? Kore wa ikura desu ka?
I will take this. Kore o kudasai.
Cheap Yasui
Expensive Takai
What is this? Kore wa nan desu ka?
Please call a doctor O-isha o yonde kudasai.
I am a vegetarian Saishoku-shugi-sha desu
  • Pronunciation
    Japanese pronunciation is based on five core vowel sounds :
    a the 'ah' sound in ma
    i the 'ee' sound in eel
    u the 'ew' sound in few
    e the 'e' sound in pet
    o the 'oh' sound in open

    Divide the words into syllables, placing equal emphasis on each syllable. Japanese syllables usually end with a vowel.

  • Examples: Word Pronunciation
    Ko/re -- koh/reh
    Ku/da/sa/i -- kew/dah/sah/ee
    A/ri/ga/to -- ah/ree/gah/to

  • Tourist Services
    A comprehensive range of tourist services provides a helping hand to foreign visitors in Japan.

    Tourist Information Centres
    The four Tourist Information Centres (TICs) listed below provide travel information and free literature on Japan. They can also assist in planning your itinerary.

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