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Useful phrases in Japanese for a trip to Japan

Basic words

Yes = Hai (はい)

No = Iie (いいえ)

Thanks = Arigato (ありがとう), or the more formal Arigato gozaimasu

You're welcome = Doo Itashimashite (どういたしまして)

Excuse me (for example before asking for information) = Sumimasen (すみません)

Sorry = Gomen nasai (ごめんなさい)

Greetings and common expressions

Good morning = Ohayou gozaimasu (おはよございます)

Good afternoon = Konnichiwa (こんにちは)
[widely used]

Good evening = Konbanwa (こんばんは)

Good night = Oyasumi nasai (おやすみなさい) or simply Oyasumi

Good bye = Sayonara (さようなら)

How are you= Ogenki desu ka? (おげんきですか)
(answer) I'm fine = Genki desu (げんきです)

Good luck! = Ganbatte! (がんばって!)

Nice to meet you = Hajimemashite (はじめまして)

While eating

Enjoy your meal = Ittadakimasu (いただきます)

Thank you for the delicious food (after you have finished eating) = Gochisoosama deshita (ごちそうさまでした)

It is delicious! (referring to something you are eating) = Oishii desu! (おいしいです)

Cheers! (before toasting) = Kampai! (乾杯)

Useful phrases for travel

My name is Sean Connery / I'm Sean Connery = Watashi wa Sean Connery desu (わたしは Sean Connery です)

"Excuse me, where is Shinjuku station?" = Sumimasen, Shinjuku-eki wa doko desu ka? (すみません、新宿駅はどこですか?)
[For any other station, just replace "Shinjuku" with the name of the station, for any other place, just replace "Shinjuku-eki" with the Japanese word for the place you're looking for]

"Excuse me, what time is it?" = Sumimasen, ima nanji desu ka? (すみません、今何時ですか?)
[let him/her also understand, by signs, to show you the mobile phone or the watch rather than answering in Japanese]

"I can't understand Japanese" = Nihongo ga wakarimasen (日本語が分かりません) or wakarimasen (a simple "I can't understand")

"How much is this?" = Kore wa ikura desu ka? (これはいくらですか?)




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