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Sukoshi wakarimasu-I know a little
Ohaiyo gazaimasu-Good morning
Anata wo suki desu-I like you
Domo arigato gozaimasu-Thank you very much
Numbers and time
ichi-one
ni-two
san-three
shi-four
go-five
roku-six
shichi-seven
hachi-eight
ku-nine
ju-ten
(add -ji to all to tell time! ex-ichi-ji is 1 o'clock)
Nan-ji desu ka?-What time is it?
Ichi-ji desu.-It's one o'clock
Go-ji-han desu.-It is five thirty.
Moh ji-kan ga nai desu._I have no more time.
Mada ji-kan ga arimasu ka?-Do we still have time?
Days
Getsuyobi-Monday
Kayobi-Tuesday
Suiyobi-Wednesday
Mokuyobi-Thursday
Kinyobi-Friday
Doyobi-Saturday
Nichiyobi-Sunday
Seasons
Haru-spring
Natsu-summer
Aki-fall
Fuyu-winter
Names
Anata no namae wa nan desu ka?-What is your name?
Myoji wa nan desu ka?-What is your last name?
Dore ga myoji desu ka?-Which one is your family name?
Simple
Donata?-Who?
Donata desu ka?-Who are you?/Who is it?
Nani?-What?
Itsu?-When
Doko?-Where?
Nan desu ka?-What is it?
Common
Hai-Yes
Iie-No(not often used. Japanese contradict by saying the negative sentence)
Arigato gozaimasu-Thank you.
Moshi-moshi-Hello(on phone or for attention)

Okay this may be a lot to absorb if you don't know how to say them so...
I'll be back with the post the pronunciation key later! Above are just some useful everyday phrases! Remember to attach san*/sama/chan on the names!

*San is not just used for Ms. or Mr. or Mrs. Children often call pets -san too.
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For those who really can't talk much Japanese:
Watashi wa Nihongo sukoshi shika hanasemasen.
-I only speak a little Japanese

Here's some particles, but that's not all though:

wa is used to indicate that the preceding is the subject. ex: Watashi wa = I is the subject of the sentence

no is used to indicate possession. ex: watashi no tokolo de = at my place

mo is used to add on ex: watashi mo = me too or mizu mo = water also

ga is used to indicate more of a removed subject or to leave a sentence open ended to make a request more polite. ex: watashi wa osake ga hoshii-n-desu-ga


here is some more:
Sore wa Doyu imi desu ka?=What does that mean?
Watashi no namae wa [name] desu.=my name is [name]
Nihongo o benkyou shimasu= I study Japanese
Watashi ni KEEKI o kudasai!=Please give me cake!(XD I love this)
...
Sorry guys feeling a bit lazy, so maybe next time@___@
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QueenofAutumn wrote:

hajimemashite - nice to meet you
yoroshiku - please
(douzo) yoroshiku onegaishimasu - please be kind to me
arigatou/arigatou gosaimasu/doumo - thank you
gomen/gomen nasai - sorry
suman/sumimasen = pardon me/sorry
hontoni/honto - really
daijobu - it's alright
daijobu? - are you alright?
tomodachi - friend
ningen - human
aishiteru/daisuki - love/I love you
suki - like
samui - cold
oishi - delicious
ma-ma - so-so
baka/usuratonkachi - idiot/moron
kawaii - cute
kowai - scary
kakkoii - cool
sugoi - amazing/fantastic
sensei - teacher/doctor/writer
konbanwa - good evening
mata ashita ne - see you tomorrow
ashita - tomorrow
jaa ne/mata ne - bye
sayonara - goodbye
demo - but
nani - what
urusai - loud/noisy/shut up
ganbatte - good luck/do your best
ore/boku - I (only said by men)
watashi - I
watashi-tachi - we
anata - you
anata-tachi - you (more people)
konichiwa - hello
moshi moshi - answering the phone
ohayo/ohayo gasaimasu - good morning
oyasumi/oyasuminasai - goodnight
tanjoubi - b-day
O-tanjoubi omedetou gozaimasu - happy b-day
omedetou gozaimasu - congratulations
akemashite omedetou - happy new year
ittadakimasu - said before a meal, similair to bon appetite
gochisousamadeshita - said after a meal, similair to thank you for the meal
O-genki desu ka? - how are you?
genki/genki desu - I'm fine
kochi - this way
tadaima - I'm home
okaeri/okaerinasai - welcome home
irashaimasen/irasshai - said by personel after you enter the store/welcome
abunai - watch out/dangerous
O-hisashiburi - something like: it's been a long time/long time no see
minna - everybody/you guys
neko - cat
inu - dog

I think I went a little overboard, so I'm going to stop now (I do know some more but it's no use...you won't read this anyway )


yes i read it! my friend, sis, and I all read d whole thing and we want more. plz post more!!!!
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mangagrl wrote:


QueenofAutumn wrote:

hajimemashite - nice to meet you
yoroshiku - please
(douzo) yoroshiku onegaishimasu - please be kind to me
arigatou/arigatou gosaimasu/doumo - thank you
gomen/gomen nasai - sorry
suman/sumimasen = pardon me/sorry
hontoni/honto - really
daijobu - it's alright
daijobu? - are you alright?
tomodachi - friend
ningen - human
aishiteru/daisuki - love/I love you
suki - like
samui - cold
oishi - delicious
ma-ma - so-so
baka/usuratonkachi - idiot/moron
kawaii - cute
kowai - scary
kakkoii - cool
sugoi - amazing/fantastic
sensei - teacher/doctor/writer
konbanwa - good evening
mata ashita ne - see you tomorrow
ashita - tomorrow
jaa ne/mata ne - bye
sayonara - goodbye
demo - but
nani - what
urusai - loud/noisy/shut up
ganbatte - good luck/do your best
ore/boku - I (only said by men)
watashi - I
watashi-tachi - we
anata - you
anata-tachi - you (more people)
konichiwa - hello
moshi moshi - answering the phone
ohayo/ohayo gasaimasu - good morning
oyasumi/oyasuminasai - goodnight
tanjoubi - b-day
O-tanjoubi omedetou gozaimasu - happy b-day
omedetou gozaimasu - congratulations
akemashite omedetou - happy new year
ittadakimasu - said before a meal, similair to bon appetite
gochisousamadeshita - said after a meal, similair to thank you for the meal
O-genki desu ka? - how are you?
genki/genki desu - I'm fine
kochi - this way
tadaima - I'm home
okaeri/okaerinasai - welcome home
irashaimasen/irasshai - said by personel after you enter the store/welcome
abunai - watch out/dangerous
O-hisashiburi - something like: it's been a long time/long time no see
minna - everybody/you guys
neko - cat
inu - dog

I think I went a little overboard, so I'm going to stop now (I do know some more but it's no use...you won't read this anyway )


yes i read it! my friend, sis, and I all read d whole thing and we want more. plz post more!!!!



I want more 2! And i read da whole thing 2!
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there is bakalo
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Bakarayo- idiot
A ho stupid
Ohayo/ohayo gozaimas(more polite) good morning
konichiwa good afternoon
koban wa good evening
gomen/gomenasai/gomen ne sorry
Ikite live
watahi no namae wa........desu my name is.......
Yoroshiku onegaishimasu nice to meet you/pleasure to meet you/please teach me/looking forward for your help
Neko cat
inu dog
Ino pig
Kawaii cute
kakkoi/kuuru cool
aishiteru i luv u so much
suki like
Nyaa meow
arigatou gozaimas(more polite)/arigatou ne /arigatou thank you
domo arigatou gozaimas thank you very much
daijobu desu ka? are you alright
sugoi great
oyaji parents ( i think)
onee-chan older sis
onii-chan older bro
koko here
kokoro right now
hajime start
hajimehshite nice to meet you
outanjobi ommedete happy birthday
watashi I
Anata you
minna everyone/everybody
Hai' yes
hiei no
I stomach
tsubasa wing
koo/toogakkoo high school
sensei teacher/doctor
shoogakkoo elemantry school
chugaku[/blue ] Junior High school
gakkoo school
kooritsu gakkoo public school
shiritsu gakkoo private school
nani? what?
nande? why?



Sometimes if you wanna ask a question you jst add "ka" behind them e.x neko desu ka? mean it is a cat?

did i go overboard??
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thanks! all the posts heped me alot ^_^
doumo arigatou!
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tsugoi....dats about all i kno dat ain't already up there...lolz
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koom-ba-wa is good evening
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BAKA is idiot
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arigatou=thank-you,
arigatou gozamasu=thank you very much
ohayo=good morning
kawaii-cute
sempai=senior
sensei=teacher
onichan=big brother
baka=stupid
rozarindo=my first name in romaji
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konnichi wa - good day
ohayou - good morning (informal)
ohayou gozaimasu - good morning (polite)
konban wa - good evening
oyasumi - goodnight (before sleeping)
oyasumi-nasai - goodnight (before sleeping, formal)
gomen ne - sorry (informal)
gomen-nasai - sorry (formal)
sumimasen - excuse me/sorry
doumo - hello (informal, like "yo~"?)/thanks
arigatou - thank you
doumo arigatou/arigatou gozaimasu - thank you very much

watashi - I/me (formal)
boku - (usually masculine, formal)
atashi - I/me (feminine)
ore - I/me (masculine, informal)

anata - you or dear/honey/sweetie (depends on how you use it)
kimi - you
omae - you (informal)
Unlike English, it can be rather offensive if you use "you" in some cases so I would suggest using their names when possible

san - added to names to mean Ms, Mrs, Mr etc. HAVE to use it with someone you're not close to.
chan - added to names of younger children, girls (not always, san would still be more respectful), ..and lovers? Alot of girls tend to add it to each others names to sound cute
kun - less respectful version of san, usually used for boys
sama - VERYVERY respectful version of san. e.g. Kami-sama - god
sempai - senior in school or work
sensei - teacher, doctor
Don't call anyone by their name alone unless you're extremely close, like reeeaalllllyyy close. o.O

kazoku - family

When refering to your OWN family*:

ani - older brother
ane - older sister
imouto - younger sister
otouto - younger brother
haha - mother
chichi - father
sofu - grandfather
sobo - grandmother

*(only talking about your family to someone else, you wouldnt call them these)

doko - where
itsu - when
nan/nani - what

ima - now
koko - here
itsuka - sometime
itsumade - anytime
kyou - today
kinou - yesterday
ashita/asu - tomorrow
senshuu - last week
sennen - last year
raishuu - next week
rainen - next year

sai - years old

denwa - telephone
bango - number
denwa bango wa nan ban desu ka? - what's your phone number? (if you want to try pick someone up? xD)
juusho - address
keitai/keetai - mobile phone

nihongo - japanese language
nihonjin - japanese person

ongaku - music
rekishi - history
taiiku - PE
kagaku - science
eigo - english
suugaku - mathematics
shakai - social science
kenkou seikatsu - health (subject)
geijutsu - art
kaseigaku - home economics
jouhou kagaku - computer science
kokugo - Japanese*
*literally means the country's language so you would only refer to the Japanese language as kokugo IN Japan

shougaku - elementary school/primary school
chuugaku - middle school
koukou - high school
daigaku - university

kawaii - lovable
kakoii - cool/stylish
kitanai - dirty
abunai - dangerous
abunakunai - not dangerous
urusai - noisy/shut up
okashii - funny
oishii - delicious
mazui - tastes awful
muzukashii - difficult
yasashii - easy/gentle
atsui - hot
tsumaranai - boring
ii - good
atarashii - new
(to make it past tense, replace the last i with katta. e.g. oishikatte - it was delicious. The only exception is ii which turns into yokatta.)

suki - like
daisuki - really like/love
kirai* - hate
daikarai* - really hate

*if someone asks you if u like something i suppose its rude to say you hate it even if you do. so instead of kirai or daikarai sukidanai (don't like) or anmari/amari (not really) might be a better choice of words

osoku natte, sumimasen - I'm late, excuse me/sorry

___de - at ___
___ni - in ___

umi - ocean/beach
uchi - house
tomodachi - friend
tomodachi no uchi - friend's house
machi - town/city
toshokan - library
resutoran - restaurant
puuru - pool
kouen - park

ne! - hey!
totemo - very
mata - again
mada - not yet

mite - look
yamete! - stop!
kiite - listen
kite - come
haitte - come in
agatte - come in (into the house usuaually. literally means step up)
matte - wait
chotto matte - wait a little while
isoide - hurry up (this is more polite, you could also use "haiyaku" ..you wouldn't add kudasai to this)
(add kudasai at the end of these to make it more polite, means please. e.g. chotto matte kudasai - wait a minute please)

suiei - swimming
jouba - horse riding
sanpo - hike/walk
saikuringu - cycling
kyanpu - camp

densha - train
basu - bus
shinkansen - bullet train
kuruma - car
jitensha - bike

densha de ikimashou - let's go by train
basu de ikimashita - went by basu
jitensha de ikimasu - going by bike
(add ka to make it a question. eg:
densha de ikimashou ka? - shall we go by train?
basu de ikimashita ka? - got here by car?
jitensha de ikimasu ka? - going by bike?)

replace the underlined words with whatever sort of transport you want to say

ahh~ i cbb typing anymore U.U GL w/ ur jap learning everyone~ . Add san to be polite. One more thing! to those who are only starting to learn, "ou" is just "oo" except when you're writing in hiragana that's the way it's spelt. おうnotおお.Hope i've helped~ (o^ -' )b

please correct me if i made any mistakes!
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Usually for me when i learn a new language i learn the vowels first! the vowels in japanese are pronouced like:
A-- father
E--get
I--it
O--hot
U--put

USEFUL SHORT PHRASES

* Good morning -- Ohayo gozaimasu
* Good afternoon (day) -- Konnichiwa
* Good evening -- Konbanwa
* Good-bye -- Sayonara
* Good night -- Oyasuminasai
* How are you? -- O genki desu ka?
* How do you do? -- Hajimemashite
* Pleased to meet you -- Dozo yoroshiku or Yoroshiku onegaishimasu
* I am fine -- Hai, genki desu
* And you? -- Anata wa?
* Thank you (very much) -- Domo arigato gozaimasu
* You're welcome -- Do itashi mashite
* Say! Listen! (to get attention) -- Anone
* Excuse me (to get attention) -- Sumi masen
* Excuse me (pardon me) -- Gomen nasai or Shitsurei shimasu
* I am sorry -- Gomen nasai
* Please (when offering something) -- Dozo
* Please (when requesting something) -- Kudasai
* Please show me -- Misete kudasai
* Please write it -- Kaite kudasai
* Please give me this -- Kore o kudasai
* I'm sick -- Byoki desu
* Let's go -- Ikimasho
* Do you speak English? -- Anata wa eigo o hanashimasu ka?
* Yes, I speak a little -- Hai, sukoshi hanashimasu
* Do you understand? -- Wakarimasu ka?
* Yes, I understand -- Hai, wakarimasu
* Oh, I see -- As, soo desu ka
* No, I don't understand -- Iie, wakarimasen
* Please say it again -- Mo ichido itte kudasai
* Please speak slowly -- Yukkuri hanashi te kudasai
* Please wait a moment -- Chotto matte kudasai
* What is your name? -- Anata-no namae wa?
* My name is _______ -- Watashi no namae wa ________ desu
* Where is it? -- Doko desu ka?
* What time is it? -- Nan-ji desu ka?
* How much is it? -- Sore wa ikura desu ka?
* I will take it -- Sore kudasai
* No, thank you -- Iie kekko desu
* Do you like it? -- Suki desu ka?
* I like it -- Suki desu
* I don't like it -- Kirai desu
* It's beautiful -- Kirei desu
* Hello (on telephone only) -- Moshi moshi
* Let me see -- So desu ne
* Welcome -- Irrasshaimase
* Where is the toilet? -- Toire wa doko desu ka?



WORDS and SHORTER PHRASES

* Left -- Hidari
* Right -- Migi
* Straight ahead -- Massugu
* A lot / plenty -- Takusan
* A little -- Sukoshi
* Why? -- Naze desu ka
* When? -- Itsu desu ka
* Fire -- Kaji
* Ambulance -- Kyukyusha
* Police -- Omawarisan
* Help! -- Tasukete
* Watch out -- Abunai
* It's all right -- Daijobu desu
* Quick -- Hayaku
* Cheap -- Yasui
* Cold -- Samui
* Hot -- Atsui
* Cake -- Kehki
* Chair -- Isu
* Child -- Kodomo
* Cigarette -- Tabako
* Coffee -- Kohhi
* Coffee with milk -- Kohhi gyunyu
* Fruit -- Kudamono
* Good -- Yoi
* Girl / Woman -- Onna
* Man -- Otoko
* Hot water -- Oyu
* Hotel -- Hoteru
* Key -- Kagi
* Money -- Okane
* New -- Atarashii
* Old -- Furui
* Paper -- Kami
* Pencil -- Empitsu
* Room -- Heya
* Stamp -- Kitte
* Station -- Eki
* Store -- Mise
* Taxi -- Takushi
* Telephone -- Denwa
* Ticket -- Kippu
* Tea (green) -- Ocha
* Tea (black) -- Koh-cha
* Water -- Mizu
* Small -- Chiisai
* Large -- Ohkii
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hey ~ im starting studying japanese now ! but its kinda confusing ! how would i know if its in formal form or informal ? or in polite/impolite ? im so confused ! someone can tell me ?
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