West Meets East: An American in Japan | All Blogs


Japanese Essentials Part 2

By Josiah Lebowitz

I've got one last language post for you.  After this, I'll be focusing entirely on things like the Japanese culture, food, cool places to visit, strange stuff, and the like.  Unless I get requests for more language based posts, of course.  Anyway, here’s a few useful words to know when in Japan, followed by their English friendly pronunciation (in parenthesis) for anyone who missed the pronunciation guide I posted a little while back.

General:
Yes = hai (high)
No = iie (eee-eh
Excuse me / I’m sorry = sumimasen (sue-me-mah-sen)
I’ve very sorry = gomen nasai (go-men-nah-sigh)
I’m ok = daijoubu (die-joe-boo)
Thank you = arigatou gozaimasu (ah-re-gah-toe go-za-ee-mah-su)
Bathroom = toire (toy-reh)
What = Nani / nan (nah-knee / nah-nn)
? = ka (kah; add to the end of a sentence)

Directional:
Where = doko (doe-koh)
Here = koko (koh-koh)
There = soko / asoko (soh-koh / ah-soh-koh)
Right = migi (me-gee)
Left = hidari (he-dar-ee)

Transportation:
Train = densha (den-shah)
Bus = basu (bah-sue)
Taxi = takushi (tah-kew-she)
Plane = hikooki (he-coh-key)
Station = eki (eh-key)

Shopping:
Super Market = suupaa (sue-pah)
Restaurant = resutoran (reh-sue-toe-rahn)
Price = ikura (ee-kew-rah)
Yen = yen / en (yeh-nn / eh-nn)

Counting:
1 = ichi (ee-chee)
2 = ni (knee)
3 = san (sahn)
4 = yon (yohn)
5 = go (go)
6 = roku (row-kew)
7 = nana (nah-nah)
8 = hachi (ha-chee)
9 = kyuu (Q)
10 = jyuu (jew)
100 = hyaku (hyah-kew)
1,000 = sen (senn)
10,000 = ichi man (ee-chee-mahn)

For denominations of 10,000, 1,000, 100, and 10, add the appropriate number as a prefix. For example, 30 is san-jyuu and 400 is yon-hyaku.

While you won’t be carrying on any real conversations, these words should help you get by if you visit Japan for a week or two.

COMMENTS

Please Login or Register to leave a comment.




Recent Posts
Make room for these next year
By Penny Stine
Thursday, August 27, 2015

An inexpensive meadow garden
By Julie Norman
Wednesday, August 26, 2015

THE BIRDS AND THE BEARS!
By Nic.Korte
Monday, August 24, 2015

Will Whalen’s One Man Band
By David Goe
Friday, August 21, 2015

Flat Stanley reaches India
By Richie Ann Ashcraft
Wednesday, August 19, 2015


TOP JOBS




THE DAILY SENTINEL
734 S. Seventh St.
Grand Junction, CO 81501
970-242-5050; M-F 8:00 - 5:00
Editions
Subscribe to print edition
E-edition
Advertisers
Advertiser Tearsheet
Information

© 2015 Grand Junction Media, Inc.
By using this site you agree to the Visitor Agreement and the Privacy Policy