Japanese is a language mainly spoken in Japan. And now, it’s being spoken by people world-wide. A lot of people visit Japan on a holiday. Japan is also a hub for good business, which attracts a lot of businessmen towards Japan.
If you are new to the language, many times you will be stuck in a situation where you may not know what to say. If you come in contact with Japanese people for any purpose, then you must have some knowledge of basic Japanese phrases that can save you a lot of trouble.
So, without further ado, here I go!
1) Hello/ Konnichiwa, goodbye/ Sayonara, thank you/ Arigato, Welcome/ Yokoso:
These are the golden words in India and the same goes for Japan. I remember I had learned to say Arigato in my school. How nicely it rolls on our tongue! Coming back to phrases, you can use these golden words to greet and thank them even if you have nothing else to say in Japanese.
Japanese people are really sweet. They love the golden gestures. It is always better to be polite with them and they will greet you with the same respect.
2) Nice to meet you/ Hajimemashite:
It will be polite of you to say this when you meet a new person or an old acquaintance.
3) I don’t understand/ Watashi-wa wakarimasen:
This is the ultimate survival phrase. When you do not understand what words Japanese natives are bombarding you with or have trouble interpreting their meanings, you can simply say you haven’t understood. Japanese people will naturally understand that you are not a native and may even switch to English to speak with you.
So, ‘Watashi-wa wakarimasen’ is truly the best survival phrase.
4) Speak slower please/ Motto yukkuri hanashite kudasai:
When someone speaks their native language they tend to speak faster. But you being a newbie will have difficulty catching up with that speed. So you can use this phrase, ‘Motto yukkuri hanashite kudasai’ and politely request them to speak slowly. It would have a positive effect on them and they would surely ease your problem.
5) I speak a little Japanese/ Watashi-wa nihongo-o sukoshi hanasemasu:
When a person is trying to have a long conversation with you in Japanese, this phrase can come to the rescue. You could tell them ‘Watashi-wa nihongo-o sukoshi hanasemasu’. And you are saved!
6) Where is the toilet?/ Toire-wa doko, We are lost!/ Watashi-tachi-wa michi-ni mayoimaashita:
Japan is a place where people visit on holidays. If you are one of those who like to explore new places and end up landing in Japan too, then this phrase is a blessing.
‘New place comes with new ways’. You may surely want to visit the loo after a trip, so this phrase is actually your need. Well, you can ask for help, because you will somewhere or the other get lost.
Japanese is a language that has many interesting things to learn. There are more phrases than what I just listed down. Different situations require different rescuers. So jot them down, feed them in your memory and use them in case of need.
You can also explore more phrases and words in the Japanese language to help you further ease your Japan tour.