10 words that will be useful to you on a journey to Japan


Not everyone has the time and opportunity to learn the language before visiting a foreign country. But it is useful to know at least the most simple words and phrases to build a productive dialogue. This is especially important in Japan, even if you know English well – the main international language – Japanese hardly appreciate your talents.Most of them do not know the European languages, and many feel uncomfortable when a foreigner tries to speak to them in fluent English. To start a dialogue and to win the interlocutor is best to start with clear words and phrases spoken in Japanese.

Here is a list of 10 words , you will surely find useful:

1. Sumimasen

“I’m sorry” – an expression, is very pertinent in many situations. It can help you to apologize for troubling you, to attract someone’s attention, ask a question.

2. Doko

“Where” – for example: “doko?” (Where?), “Wa dock desu ka?” (Where is …?), “EC Willow dock desu ka?” (Where is the station?), “MRO Island dock desu ka? “(where the toilet?).

3. En

“Yen” – but in the Japanese style. Just try not to pronounce the “th” in the beginning of a word. For example:
Ichi en (1 yen)
Guo en (5 yen)
Ju en (10 yen)
Guo Ju en (50 yen)
hyaku en (100 yen)
Go hyaku en (500 yen)
Sen en (1000 yen)
Guo Sen en (5000 yen)
Ichi en mana (10,000 yen).

4. Ii

“Good”. “All right” is often used in the meaning. For example:
“? Ii desu ka” (? All right), “ii desu” (all is well).

5. Nani

“What”. For example: “Nani?” (What?), “Nani ji desu ka?” (How long?).

6. Hai

“Yes, enough”.

7. Itsu

“When”. For example: “Itsu?” (When?), “Bass n Itza desu ka?” (When the bus will arrive?), “Densa hectares Itza desu ka?” (When the train will arrive?)

8. Vakarimasen

“I do not understand”. For example: “vakarimasen” (I do not understand), “Nihongo wa vakarimasen” (I do not know Japanese).

9. Eigo

“English”. For example: “eigo ii desu ka” (? Can be in English), “? Eigo hanasemaku ha ka” (you say in English?).

10. Gomennasai

“Excuse me” – the polite form of apologetic. Use it if you think you are someone badly hurt.


Have a nice trip!


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