Key Phrases to Know When Traveling to Japan

If you are planning a trip to Japan, it is very important to learn as much Japanese as possible. While learning a new language is never easy, and you might find Japanese rather challenging, especially as there are no common words or phrases when going from English to Japanese (as you would find in English to French or English to Spanish), there are at least a few words and phrases you need to know and understand in order to become more successful and be able to navigate through the country easier.

Single Travel Words
Remembering phrases can be tricky in a foreign language, so it is necessary to know some basic words relating to travel. These individual words are ones you need to remember and should help you out in everything from booking a hotel room to buying tickets for your next destination.

Pasupoto - passport. This word is pronounced pah - soo - pohh - toh. Many of the single travel words are actually a bit similar to what you would hear in English, which should help you out when it comes to remembering these words.

Sutsukesu - suitcase. This word is pronounced sooo - tsooo - kehh - soo.

Chiketto - ticket. This word is pronounced chee - keht - toh.

Yoyaku - reservation. This word is pronounced yoh - yah - koo.

Densha - train.

Eki - train station.

Kuruma - car.

Hotel Room Words
When going to book a hotel room there are going to be some specific words you need to know. These words are going to help assist you with booking a room and staying on top of your stay.

Beddo - bed.

Hoteru - hotel.

Terebi - TV.

Shinguru rumu - single room.

Japanese Greetings
Before you get into too many multi-phrase sentences in Japanese, it is necessary to know some basic greetings. These greetings are going to help you introduce yourself and make general connections with other individuals while you are in Japan. Some of the most important words you need to know include:

Konnichiwa - Hi or good afternoon

Ohayo gozaimasu - good morning (the formal method when greeting business professionals).
Ohayo - good morning (informal, for when greeting friends and family members).

Hajimemashite - how do you do?

O-genki desu ka - how are you? (formal)

Genski - how are you (informal).

Sayonara - goodbye

Oyasumi nasai - good night

Japanese Phrases to Learn
Of course, there are going to be phrases that you need to know in order to improve your ability to purchase tickets. These different phrases allow you to swap in different works, such as for passport or suitcase. Many of these words sound exactly as they appear, but for words that are a bit more difficult, it is spelled out as it should be pronounced.

Chiketto o yoyaku shitai n-desu ga - I would like to reserve a ticket. This phrase is pronounced Chiketto o yoyaku (she - tie - een - des - gah).

Tokyo made no chiketto o ni-mai onegaishimasu - I would like to purchase two tickets toTokyo. This phrase is pronounced exactly as it appears.

There are many different words and phrases you need to know before heading over to Japan. These different phrases are often short, but it makes it possible to communicate with most individuals on a basic level, not to mention it helps you with purchasing tickets or booking a hotel and checking in. All of this is essential and it is going to make it that much easier for you to get around in Japan. Going to a foreign country where you don't know any of the language is difficult. Knowing these words are going to help you out and make your time in Japan that much better during your say.

1 comment:

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