Simple Japanese Words You Should Know
When you start to learn a new language, it is a good first
step to learn a number of simple words. Not only will you be able to start
communicating with these simple words, you will also be able to understand a few
words when you listen to what is said in Japanese conversation. In this article
we will cover some of the most useful simple
Japanese words that you will be
able to learn quickly.
Lets start with 'Hello', or 'Konnichi-wa' in Japanese. Then you may want to ask 'How are You' with 'O Genki Desu Ka'. To answer, 'Fine, Thanks' say 'Genki Desu'.
Next how about saying 'Yes' and 'No'. 'Yes' is 'Hai' and one of the most used simple Japanese words. It is used not only for agreeing, but for indicating that you understand what the other person has said. This is why there is sometimes confusion when a Japanese person says 'Yes', in a conversation, they mean that they understand what you have said, but do not necessarily agree. If you listen to a Japanese conversation, you will hear this word very often, as the listener confirms that they understand what the other person is saying. 'No' in Japanese is 'Ie'.
Many people know the Japanese word for 'Thank-you' is 'Arigato'. To say 'Thank-You' in a more casual way, you can just say 'Domo'. A more formal way of saying 'Thank-You' can be made by adding 'Gozaimasu' to the end of 'Arigato' to make 'Arigato Gozaimasu'. Finally for a super polite way of saying 'Thank-You', put it all together to make 'Domo Arigato Gozaimasu'.
If someone says 'Thank-You' to you, it is good to know how to say 'You're Welcome'. To say 'You are Welcome' in Japanese is 'Do Itashimashite'.
You will hear the word 'Sumimasen' very frequently, it means 'Excuse Me'. It can also be used to say 'Sorry'. For a stronger way to say 'Sorry' use the phrase 'Gomen Nasai'. If you listen closely, you will hear these words very often in Japanese conversation.
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