Basic Japanese Phrases

Compared to other languages, such as Spanish, Italian or French, Japanese is a fairly challenging language to learn. You're not going to become fluent over night. There are however many phrases you can (and should) memorize in order to start training your brain to learn Japanese – and so that you can start communicating in Japanese as soon as possible. This page provides a list of the most common and useful Japanese phrases that will allow you to start understanding and communicating in Japanese. To hear a phrase simply click on any blue button, then repeat the phrase out load.
English
Japanese
Yes
はい
Hai
No
いいえ
lie
Thank you
ありがとう
Arigatō
Please (request)
おねがいします
O-negai shimasu
Excuse me (when asking for something)
すみません
Sumimasen
I am sorry
ごめんなさい
Gomennasai
Do you speak English?
えいごをはなせますか
Eigo o hanasemasu ka
What did you say?
なんていいましたか
Nante iimashita ka
I don't understand
わかりません
Wakarimasen
Can you speak slower?
もっと ゆっくりはなしてください
Motto yukkuri hanashite kudasai
I understand you perfectly
よくわかります
Yoku wakarimasu
Please say it again
もう一 度言ってください
Mou ichido itte kudasai
I don't speak Japanese
にほんご が わかりません
Nihongo ga wakarimasen
I don't speak Japanese very well
にほんご わ あまり じょおず じゃ ありません
Nihongo wa amari joozu ja arimasen
Where is the bathroom?
おふろ わ どこ です か
Ofuro wa doko desu ka?
Can you help me?
てつだって いただけます か
Tetsudatte itadakemasu ka?
Hello
こんにちは
Konnichi wa
Good Bye
さようなら
Sayonara
I lost my way
道に迷ってしまいました
michi ni mayotte shimaimashita
Can I ask you something?
ちょっと聞いてもいいですか
chotto kiitemo ii desu ka
How can I go to the Airport?
空港にはどう行けばいいですか
kuukou niwa dou ikeba ii desu ka
What's this?
Kore wa nan desu ka?
これ わ なん です か
Where can I find a hotel?
ほてる わ どこ に あります か
Hoteru wa doko ni arimasu ka?
Yen
En
What?
nani
What time?
なんじ に
Nanji ni?
When?
いつ
itsu
Stop it!
やめて
yamete!
Police
警察
keisatsu
Taxi
タクシー
takushi