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Japanese Phrases and Greetings

Posted by on April 5, 2009 in Common Japanese Phrases | 11 comments


The Japanese words you know the better you will be able to speak Japanese. This is also true of Japanese phrases. Learning a number of common Japanese phrases will make it much easier to communicate. The reason for this is that the most common Japanese phrases are used over and over again in basically the same order. For instance, when you meet someone for the first time the conversation will consists of mostly a set dialogue. I highly recommend that you find yourself a good Japanese conversational phrase book. If possible, choose one that also contains phone conversations as the language is slightly different.

  • P1: こんにちは (good afternoon)
  • P2: こんにちは     (good afternoon)
  • P1: はじめまして (nice to meet you)
  • P2: はじえまして (nice to meet you)
  • P1: わたしは (insert name)です (my name is —-)
  • P2: わたしは (insert name) です   (my name is —-)
  • P1: よろしくおねがいします (please treat me well)
  • P2: よろしくおねがいします    (please treat me well)

Below I have listed some common Japanese phrases. While learning these will not mae you fluent in Japanese, they should help you converse in basic conversations. You can also click on the following link for a list of common Japanese words or a list of over 1000 Japanese words and Kanji.

Common Japanese Phrases

English romaji Hiragana
Japanese Greetings
Good morning ohayou gozaimasu おはようございます
Good afternoon konnichiwa こんにちは
Good evening konnbanwa こんばんは
How are you? ogenki desu ka おげんきですか
I’m doing well, I’m fine genki desu yo げんきですよ
See you later mata ato de またあとで
See you tomorrow mata ashita またあした
Thank you arigatou gozaimasu ありがとうございます
No problem, don’t mention it douitashimashite どういたしまして
Take care odaiji ni おだいじに
It’s nice to meet you hajimemashite はじめまして
I’m (name) (name) desu —です
Please treat me well yoroshiku onegaishimasu よろしくおねがいします
excuse me, sorry sumimasen すみません
sorry gomen nasai ごめんなさい
Getting Around
Where is train station Eki wa doko desu ka えきはどこですか
How much is this kore wa ikura desu ka これはいくらですか
I want to go to — — ni ikitai desu — にいきたいです
I would like (to buy) this please kore onegaishimasu これおねがいします
Where is the bathroom otearai wa doko desu ka おてあらいはどこですか
where is a phone denwa wa doko desu ka でんわはどこですか
Can I get a water please omizu kudasai おみずください
Can I get —- — kudasai —ください
Please speak more slowly motto yukkuri hanashite kudasai もっとゆっくりはなしてください
Can you please repeat it mou ichido itte kudasai もういちどいってください


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    ? how do you say – good luck on your job interview

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    Hi Deborah,
    Thanks for visiting Japanese Words! You can say “がんばって(gambatte)” or “がんばれ(gambare)” for “good luck”.
    These words are used very often and can be used in almost any situations.

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    How would you write This Much? I’m wanting to get it as a tat.

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    Hi, Kristy. I am not sure exactly what you are asking. Are you wanting to know how to write “this much”? Also please let me know the context you are trying to use it in.

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    hi i want to know what is the japanese for:

    Is it possible maybe to have a love so strong
    That nothing could ever compare
    I’m holding back nothing just for the look in your eyes
    So baby don’t be surprised..

    thank youuuu so much

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    how should i know when use “chi” and when “ti” / “si” and “shi” / “tu” and “tsu” / “hu” and “fu”?

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    It’s very simple. In Japanese, there is no ti, si, tu, or hu. You should only use chi, shi, tsu, and fu. Hope that helps.

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    What is an appropriate closing for a professional letter or email, the equivalent of “sincerely” or “best regards”? Thank you.

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    can you tell me how to write a japanese greetings word because i want to know how to write

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    How would i say “where is the money you owe me?”

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    how would you say ” dont tread on me” in kanji writing?