Learn Japanese: 15 Easy Phrases for Your Trip to Japan!
Are you getting ready for upcoming travel to Japan and just realized that 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 some directions, 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. But 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