Japanese word guide for tourists

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Let's say you plan to travel to Japan, but you don't know much about Japanese? You may be fluent in English, but that won't help much. You definitely need to know some Japanese words, for that we made this basic guide to help you increase your vocabulary and try to survive in Japan. Let's break this guide down into categories.

Orders and Questions

When you are in Japan, you will have to ask a lot of questions, where is that? What does that mean? Someone speaks Portuguese? The words in the table below can help you understand and know how to ask these questions.

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JapanesePronunciationMeaningTips
ですかdesukaOr just か - kaUsed to ask questions
どこdokoWhere place/thing + doko + desuka = (thing) where is it?
なにnaniWhat?
どう ​​してdoushiteBecause?
どう ​​したdoushitaWhat happened?
いつitsuWhen
時間jikantime
質問shitsummonquestion
だれdarewho dare + desuka = Who is it? (he/you)
ここkokoHere
いくらikurahow much (price)ikura + desuka = How much does it cost?
Japanese word guide for tourists

What can I ask? Well for that we need to know the name of some places that tourists usually look for.

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JapanesePronunciationMeaningAnother
トイレtoireBathroom toire doko desuka? = Where is the bathroom?
手洗いloomShower
fukuLocker room
ホテルhotelHotel
空港kuukouAeroporto
ekiSeason
大学daigakuSchool / College daigaku wa koko desuka? = This is the university?
本屋honyaBookstore
ie / uchiHome / My Home
タクシーtakushiTaxi
レストランresutoranRestaurant
コンビニkonbiniConvenience stores
スーパーsuupaaSupermarket
公園kouenPark
警察keisatsuPolice
温泉hot springHot Springs

Sometimes you may experience difficulties or need help, here are some emergency words.

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JapanesePronunciationMeaningTips
助けてtasuketehelp-meHELP! Help!
わかりませんwakarimasenI don't knowFormal = nihongo (wo) wakarimasen = I don't know Japanese
わからないwakaranaiI don't knowInformal = Wakaranai + eigo + onegai = I don't understand, English please
やめて!yamete!Stop this!What if a pervert shows up...
だめGive meCan notDo not do it!
危ないabunaiDangerousIf you hear this, look around you
危険dangerdanger, dangerA more extravagant Abunai
くださいkudasaiPleaseTasukete + kudasai = Please help me!
おねがいonegaiPleasePlease is used after verbs -te and onegai is used for orders
ありがとうございますarigatougozaimasuThank you very muchGozaimasu makes the word more formal and polite
すみませんsumimasenSorryWhen you bump into someone on the street
ごめんなさいgomennasaiSorryWhen tripping and pissing someone off (like a yakuza lol)
合コン gōkon

Words Related to food

Everyone loves food, no one can live without it! So now let's talk a little about food!

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JapanesePronunciationMeaningTips
おなかすいたonaka suitaI'm hungrycasual manner: はらへった(Hetta hara)
食べますtabemasuEattabemasen or tabenai = not to eat
飲みますnomimasuDrinknomimasen = Do not drink
mizuWater
飲み物nameDrink
食べ物Foodfood
美味しいoishiiTastydelicious, very good
不味いmazuiBadit's not nice
いただきますitadakimasuThanks for the foodused before meals, see more.
ごちそうさまでしたGochisousama + deshitaThanks for the foodused after meals

Words You Should Know

The most basic Japanese words like greetings, good morning, thank you, etc.

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JapanesePronunciationMeaningTips
おはようございますohayou(gozaimasu)Good Morningjust talking ohayou is informal
こんにちはkonnichiwaGood afternoon / Hi
こんばんはkonbanwaGoodnightwhen meeting
お休みoyasumiGoodnightwhen sleeping
ではまたdewamataSee you later
また明日kill ashitaSee you tomorrow
さようならGoodbyeGoodbyegoodbye is different from bye
じゃねjyaneGoodbyesome speak bai bai (very informal)
あなたanataYou
watashiIOther ways of speaking I.
kareHecan mean boyfriend
彼女kanojoElait can mean girlfriend
たちtachiPluralLeave pronouns in the plural 私たち watashitachi = We

There are some interesting rules about pronouns or sentence formation that we won't get into.

Japanese word guide for tourists

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What can help me now?

This is just the tip of the iceberg, you need to learn many things like numbers, verbs, adjectives, foods, etc. That's why we'll leave below a list of articles with vocabularies for you to learn and survive in Japan.

Don't forget to browse our 日本語 category on the site to find articles on the Japanese language and get ready for your big trip.

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