Learn Japanese: 15 Easy Phrases for Your Trip to Japan!
Getting ready for an upcoming trip to Japan and just realized you don’t know a word of Japanese?! Don’t worry, whether you’re trying to order food at one of the best restaurants in Tokyo or need directions to the nearest subway station, we’ve got you covered. While learning a foreign language may seem daunting, here is an easy list of the key Japanese phrases to get you through your trip!
My first time in Japan I spoke very little Japanese and relied on Google Translate for help. Yet during my second trip, I learned the basic phrases below and it made the world of difference. Probably most fun was how excited the Japanese people were that my friend and I were making an attempt. It opened doors to new friendships and made our interactions with the locals much more meaningful.
I encourage you to review the basic phrases below so you can do the same!
You can add gozaimasu at the end for more formality. The Japanese can be a very formal culture, and it is quite common for the gozaimasu to be added to the end:
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You can add gozaimasu at the end for more formality:
Where is the Station?
Eki wa dokodesu ka (どこに駅があります)
EH-key wa DO-ko DEHS-ka
doko desu ka = Where
eki = Station
Literally, you are saying “Station where” and “ka” serves as a spoken question mark