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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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