Asking for “Help” and shouting “Help” in Japanese

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Let's explore different ways to say “Help” in Japanese, and maybe save the day! After all, you never know when you're going to need a helping hand, right? Ready to learn different ways to ask for help in Japanese like tasukete, komatte, tetsudatte and others?

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助けて (Tasukete) Help

Starting with the most well-known and widely used expression for asking for help in Japanese, we have 助けて (Tasukete). This word can be used in many situations, from a cry for help in a moment of danger to a simple request for help when you can't reach something on the highest shelf. So, write it down: 助けて (Tasukete)!

助けてください (Tasukete kudasai)

Want to be more polite when asking for help? Just add ください (kudasai) to the end of 助けて (Tasukete). Now you have 助けてください (Tasukete kudasai), which basically means “Please help me”.

This form is more polite and can be used with strangers or in more formal situations. Stylish, isn't it? Using Kudasai also increases the pleading volume, as if asking please or begging for help!

助けてくれ (Tasukete kure)

If you are in an emergency situation and need immediate help, 助けてくれ (Tasukete kure) is the expression you should use. This form is more casual and emphatic, conveying urgency in the distress call. But remember, it's best suited for casual conversations or situations of real danger.

助けてお願いします (Tasukete onegaishimasu)

If you are a fan of manga and anime, you must have heard this expression several times.助けてお願いします (Tasukete onegaishimasu). This combination is used to emphasize the request for help and is quite common in the world of anime and manga.

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困っています (Komatteimasu) Difficulties

Imagine that you are in an uncomfortable situation and need help, but you don't want to cause a fuss. In that case, you can use 困っています (Komatteimasu), which means “I'm in trouble” or “I'm in trouble”. This expression is more subtle, allowing you to ask for help without attracting too much attention.

This expression is derived from the verb 困る (komaru), which means "to be in trouble" or "to be in trouble". Let's see some examples of how to use this expression:

My phone died, and I'm having problems.

Denwa ga kirete shimatte, komatteimasu

I have a lot of homework and I'm in trouble.

Shukudai ga oosugite komatteimasu
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手伝って (Tetsudatte) Help me

手伝って (Tetsudatte) is another useful expression for asking for help in Japanese. Derived from the verb 手伝う (tetsudau), which means “to help” or “to assist”, this expression can be used when you need practical help with some task. For example:

Help me with moving arrangements.

Hikkoshi no junbi o tetsudatte
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助言して (Jogen shite) Advise me

If you are looking for advice or guidance, you can use 助言して (Jogen shite) to ask for help. This expression comes from the verb 助言する (jogen suru), which means "to advise" or "to guide". See an example:

Advise me about my professional future.

Shourai no shigoto ni tsuite jogen shite

よろしくお願いします (Yoroshiku onegaishimasu)

While not a direct request for help, よろしくお願いします (Yoroshiku onegaishimasu) is a widely used expression in Japanese to indicate that you are counting on someone for help.

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教えて (Oshiete) Teach me

If you are looking for information or instructions, you can use 教えて (Oshiete), which comes from the verb 教える (oshieru), meaning “to teach” or “to inform”. This expression is useful when you want someone to teach you something or explain something. For example:

Show me the way to the station.

Eki made no michi o oshiete

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