Useful Japanese Phrases

Topics: Japanese language, Luck, Greeting Pages: 4 (351 words) Published: September 25, 2014
Useful Japanese phrases
A collection of useful phrases in Japanese. Click on the English phrases to see them in many other languages.

Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal, f = said by women, >f = said to women

English日本語 (Japanese)
Welcomeようこそ (yōkoso)
Hello今日は (konnichiwa)
おっす (ossu) - used between close male friends
もしもし (moshi moshi) - on phone
How are you?

I'm fine, thanks. And you?お元気ですか? (o genki desu ka)
はい、元気です。あなたは? (hai, genki desu. anata wa?)
お蔭様で元気です (o kagesama de genki desu)
Long time no see久しぶり (hisashiburi)
お久しぶりですね (o hisashiburi desu ne)
What's your name?

My name is ...お名前はなんですか? (o-namae wa nan desu ka)
... だ (... da) (inf) 
...です (... desu) (frm)
Where are you from?

I'm from ...出身はどこですか? (Shusshin wa doko desu ka?)
どちらからですか (Dochira kara desu ka?) - frm
私は)~出身です ((watashi wa) ... shusshin desu)
Pleased to meet you初めまして (hajimemashite)
初めまして。どうぞ宜しく
(hajimemashite. dōzo yoroshiku) reply
お会いできて嬉しいです (oaidekite ureshii desu)
Good morningお早うございます / おはようございます (ohayō gozaimasu)
お早う / おはよう (ohayō)
Good afternoon今日は / こんにちは (konnichiwa)
Good evening今晩は / こんばんは (konbanwa)
Good nightおやすみなさい (oyasumi nasai)
おやすみ (oyasumi)
Goodbyeさようなら (sayōnara)
いって来ます (ittekimasu)
- 'I'll be back' - you are leaving
いってらっしゃい (itterasshai)
- 'come back soon' - you are staying
じゃあまたね (jā mata ne) - see you later
Good luckご幸運を祈ります! (gokoūn o inorimasu) - frm 頑張ってね (gambatte ne) - inf Have a nice day良い一日を (Yoi ichinichi o)
Bon voyage
(Have a good journey)よい旅行を (yoi ryokō o)
ごきげんよう! (gokigen yō - Goodbye / Good luck)
いってらっしゃい (itte irasshai - Go and come back)
一路平安を祈る (ichiroheian o inoru)
- I wish you a smooth road (old fashioned)
Excuse meすみません! (sumimasen)
How much is this?いくらですか (ikura desu ka?)
Sorryごめんなさい! (gomen nasai)
Thank you
Responseどうも (dōmo)
ありがとう (arigatō)
ありがとうございます (arigatō gozaimasu)
どうもありがとう (dōmo arigatō)
どうもありがとうございます (dōmo arigatō...
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