Basic (Nihongo) Useful Expressions When You Visit Japan

We all have the same problem when planning to visit a foreign country. The language! Don’t fret. I’ve got you covered. I am not an advanced learner though but living in Japan for about a year has taught me a lot of things and learning basic Nihongo is one of them.

1. すみません (Sumimasen.)

Excuse me or I’m sorry.

2. こんにちは (Konnichiwa.)


3. トイレはどこですか。(Toire wa doko desu ka.)

Where is the toilet?

4. いくらですか。 (Ikura desu ka.)

How much is it?

5. えいごでおねがいします。(Eigo de onegaishimasu.)

English, please.

6. にほんごがわかりません。(Nihongo ga wakarimasen.)

I don’t understand Nihongo.

7. だいじょうぶです。(Daijoubu desu.)

It’s okay!

8. どうもありがとうございます。(Doumo arigatou gozaimasu)

Thank you very much!

9. おいしいです。(Oishii desu.)

It’s delicious!

10. わたしはフィリピンじんです。(Watashi wa Fuiripinjin desu.)

I’m a Filipino.

There you have it. I hope you’ll be able to communicate with the locals with these basic sentences.


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