How to disguise and pretend to be fluent in Japanese

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In Japan it is easy to survive and face everyday situations using few basic words and phrases. This is one of the major reasons that most Brazilians living in Japan do not speak fluent or even intermediate Japanese. With that in mind, we made this article to help you disguise and pretend to be fluent in Japanese.

The purpose of this article is not to deceive anyone, just to disguise your years of study and procrastination that did not teach you to hold a conversation with people. This happens to many students of Japanese and other languages. They study day and night, learn thousands of words, verbs and grammatical expressions, but when it comes to talking they simply fail.

Getting fluent in Japanese requires time and a lot of dedication and immersion with Japanese people to train your conversation. Some are afraid to talk to Japanese people for fear of making mistakes and not speaking properly. The tips here will help you to disguise and pretend to understand what is going on around you.

Como disfarçar e fingir ser fluente em japonês

Others need to quickly learn a few words to make speeches or perform in Japan. Many celebrities learn even a phrase in their native language to speak to fans. Some things like accent and informal words are important for these and other occasions.

And don't be fooled just because a Japanese said nihongo jouzu for you. This expression is common to be heard by anyone who speaks a word in Japanese.

Remembering that you don't try to pretend to speak Japanese without knowing anything about the language, you need at least one basic Japanese course to pretend to be fluent.

Expressions to pretend to understand Japanese

The first step in showing that you know Japanese is to learn expressions that serve multiple occasions. In addition to yes and no, you must learn different words to make your Japanese sound more natural and informal. Below are some alternatives for confirmation and denial:

  • ない - nai - a negation used at the end of verbs;
  • 違う - chigau - wrong, different;
  • 無理 - muri - impossible;
  • だめ - dame - it is not good;
  • 出来ない - dekinai - I can not;
  • ん - un - equivalent to yes, you are agreeing;
  • そう - am - A confirmation, that's right (used with desu);
  • ええ… - ee… - Being a confirmation will depend on the tone, it's like our eee;
  • ちょっと - chotto - wait, a little, a minute;
  • 大丈夫 - daijoubu - it's okay, do not worry;

It is worth remembering that the Japanese avoid as much as possible to deny things to a person. They always use excuses or some alternatives to avoid saying no. If you are going to deny or reject something, try to postpone it until tomorrow, speak sumimasen and make up an excuse.

If you feel isolated or need to say something - あの - Year can be used as a hey, to draw the person's attention;

Como disfarçar e fingir ser fluente em japonês

Tips for disguising your Japanese

Avoid using a simple arigatou to to thank, you can try to use more informal words like a simple dome. During informal conversations it is also common swallow particles like wo that comes before verbs.


Another tip is to study the endings of Japanese phrases a lot, try not to just be in desu and masu. You should learn some regional slang to make your conversation more informal and interesting. Our gender language article offers several options for informal terminations to use in your sentences.

Use anata (you) only if you are talking to a stranger. You can use omae or kimi depending on your relationship. Sometimes it is unnecessary to use the word anata in every sentence you make to the same person.

  • Try to use the name of things instead of saying kore wa (this);
  • Learn expressions of the local dialect;
Como disfarçar e fingir ser fluente em japonês

How to have a good Japanese accent

Some have difficulty speaking Japanese because of their Portuguese accent. Fortunately, Brazilians have a much greater facility than native speakers of English. Most Japanese phonemes are similar to Portuguese syllables. Some tips below can help you have a good Japanese accent:


Although the Japanese do not put emphasis and accents on words like Portuguese, they use a tone accent, making homophones like chopsticks (bridge) and chopsticks (chopsticks) sound a little different. Maybe you should listen to those words and try to pick up the different tone within them.

Remember to pronounce the phonemes correctly to have a good accent. Some have great difficulty in this, but it is lack of training and preparation. The video below will help you:

Becoming fluent in the Japanese language

Of course, if you want to speak Japanese you must really learn it! Pretending to speak Japanese will not work in the long or short term. Being fluent is a difficult challenge that takes a long time. When pretending to be Japanese you should keep in mind the following goals:

  • Master all the necessary phrases;
  • Learn to build a sentence in Japanese;
  • Master the basic grammar of Japanese;

If you manage to fulfill these points above you will succeed in a Japanese conversation. We hope these tips will help you to strive and face the shame of speaking Japanese or socializing with Japanese people. So don't be afraid to make mistakes!

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