10 Must Learn Japanese Words Before Travelling To Japan

Travelling to Japan might have been in your wishlist since small. However, it is important to know a few important words before beginning your travelling plan or you'll got yourself in trouble or having tonnes of difficulties there. Below are the 10 Must Learn Japanese Words To Learn Before Travelling To Japan~~

1. Sumimasen

It can be used to:

say excuse me
call the staff in a restaurant or shop
an intro to ask someone a question ("pardon me")
say thank you

2. Doko

Doko means where. A few examples:

doko (where?)

~ wa doko desu ka (where is ~?)

eki wa doko desu ka (where is the station?)

toire wa doko desu ka (where is the toilet?)

3. En

This is important as it deals with money $$.  Just take the "y" sound off. Here are the denominations of Japanese currency:

ichi en (1 yen)

go en (5 yen)

juu en (10 yen)

go juu en (50 yen)

hyaku en (100 yen)

go hyaku en (500 yen)

sen en (1000 yen)

go sen en (5000 yen)

ichi man en (10000 yen)


4. Ii

ii means good. It's often used to ask/indicate whether something is okay.

ii desu ka (is it ok?)

ii desu (it is ok)

5. Nani

Nani means what.

nani (what?)

nan ji desu ka (what time?)

6. Hai

Hai is best translated "I'm satisfied". It doesn't necessarily mean yes. For example, if you ask someone if they want more beer and they say "I'm satisfied" — they're saying no.

It's used a great deal in Japanese. It sounds polite.

7. Itsu

Interogative words are important when traveling. Itsu means when.

itsu (when?)

basu ga itsu desu ka (when is the bus?)

densha ga itsu desu ka (when is the train?)

8. Wakarimasen

It's important to be able to indicate you don't understand.

wakarimasen (I don't understand)

nihongo wa wakarimasen (I don't understand Japanese)

9. Eigo

Eigo is the Japanese word for English. 

eigo ii desu ka (is English okay?)

eigo ga hanasemasu ka? (can you speak English?)


10. Gomennasai

I'm sorry. If you're worried you have offended someone this is the best word to use.

Happy travelling to Japan!

Bryan Kwan