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View this list of common Japanese phrases with translations from: Japanese to English or English to Japanese
(Words in bold added during the last update. Latest additions can also been seen on our LearnJapaneseCL twitter page.)


Hai / はい - Yes
Iie / いいえ - No

O-genki desu ka? / おげんきですか - How are you?
Genki desu / げんきです - I'm fine

Yoroshiku onegai shimasu / よろしくおねがいします - When it is said during a first meeting, it means "Let us have a nice relationship", "Please treat me well". It can also be said when asking for a favor, meaning "Please", "Make it so", "I'm leaving it up to you".
** For a more detailed explanation including a video, please see our Vocabulary: Yoroshiku Onegai Shimasu page.

Watashi / わたし - I (male or female)
Atashi / あたし - I (female)
Boku / ぼく - I (male)
Ore / おれ - I (male)

Watashi no (わたしの) / Atashi no (あたしの) / Boku no (ぼくの) / Ore no (おれの) - My
** Click here for a more detailed explanation of How to Say I and My in Japanese.

O-namae wa nan desu ka? - What is your name?
Watashi no namae wa (name) desu - My name is (name)
Watashi wa (name) desu - I am (name)

Gomen (nasai)* / ごめんなさい - I'm sorry
Sumimasen / すみません - An all-purpose word for Excuse me / I am sorry / Thank you

Kore wa, nan desu ka? - What's this?
Kore wa, (Nihongo de) nan to iimasu ka? - What's this called (in Japanese)?

Domo / どうも - Thanks
Arigatou (gozaimasu)** / ありがとうございます - Thank you
Domo arigatou (gozaimasu)** / どうもありがとうございます - Thank you very much

Doitashimashite - You're welcome



Ganbatte kudasai - Good luck / Give it your best (words of encouragement)

Sumimasen ga, tasukete itadakemasen ka? - Excuse me, can you help me please?
Wakarimasen - I don't understand
Eigo o hanasemasuka? - Do you speak English?
Nihongo (yoku) hanasemasen - I can't speak Japanese (well)
Nihongo wa (amari) hanase masen - I don't speak (much) Japanese

Denwa bango wa nan ban desu ka? - What is your phone number?
Denwa bango wa (number) desu - My number is (number)

Abunai / あぶない - Look out / Dangerous
Ki o tsukete / きをつけて - Be careful

Toire wa doko desu ka - Where is the bathroom?


* - nasai added for politeness.
** - gozaimasu added for politeness.


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