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Learning Japanese

New Arrival Information
Beginning a tour of duty in Japan can be challenging for individuals and their families. Learning a little Japanese can help make your stay overseas a little smoother.   We've put together some basic phrases that should help make your transition easier.

Hello.

  こんにちは。                                                                                                       
Konnichiwa. (kon-nee-chee-WAH)

How are you?

お元気ですか。 
O-genki desu ka? (oh-GEN-kee dess-KAH?)

Fine, thank you.

元気です。 
Genki desu. (GEN-kee dess)

What is your name?

お名前は何ですか。
O-namae wa nan desu ka? (oh-NAH-mah-eh wah NAHN dess-KAH?)

My name is ____ .

私の名前は ____ です。
Watashi no namae wa ____ desu. (wah-TAH-shee no nah-mah-eh wa ____ dess)

Nice to meet you.

始めまして。
 Hajimemashite. (hah-jee-meh-MOSH-teh)

Please. (request)

お願いします。
 Onegai shimasu. (oh-neh-gigh shee-moss)

Please. (offer)

どうぞ。
Dōzo. (DOH-zo)

Thank you.

どうもありがとう。
Dōmo arigatō. (doh-moh ah-ree-GAH-toh)

You're welcome.

どういたしまして。
Dō itashi mashite. (doh EE-tah-shee mosh-teh)

Yes.

はい。
Hai. (HIGH)

No.

いいえ。
Iie. (EE-eh)

Excuse me.

すみません。
Sumimasen. (soo-mee-mah-sen)

I'm sorry.

御免なさい。
Gomen-nasai. (goh-men-nah-sigh)

Goodbye. (long-term)

さようなら。Sayōnara. (sa-YOH-nah-rah)

Goodbye. (informal)

それでは。

Sore dewa. (SOH-reh deh-wah)

I can't speak Japanese [well].

日本語「よく」話せません。

Nihongo [yoku] hanasemasen. (nee-hohn-goh [yo-koo] hah-nah-seh-mah-sen)

Do you speak English?

英語を話せますか。

Eigo o hanasemasuka? (AY-goh oh hah-nah-seh-moss-KAH?)

Is there someone here who speaks English?

だれか英語を話せますか。

Dareka eigo o hanasemasuka? (dah-reh-kah AY-goh oh hah-nah-seh-moss-KAH?)

Help!

たすけて!

Tasukete! (tah-soo-keh-teh!)

Look out!

あぶない!

Abunai! (ah-boo-NIGH!)

Good morning.

おはようございます。

Ohayō gozaimasu. (oh-hah-YOH go-zigh-moss)

Good evening.

こんばんは。

Konbanwa. (kohm-bahn-wah)

Good night (to sleep)

おやすみなさい。

Oyasuminasai. (oh-yah-soo-mee-nah-sigh)

I don't understand.

わかりません。

Wakarimasen. (wah-kah-ree-mah-sen)

Where is the toilet?

トイレはどこですか。

Toire wa doko desu ka? (toy-reh wah DOH-koh dess kah?)

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