Japanese | Phrases - Travel | General

General - Essentials

Can you help me, please?
助けていただけますか?
Asking for help
Do you speak English?
英語を話せますか?
Asking if a person speaks English
Do you speak _[language]_?
_を話せますか?
Asking if a person speaks a certain language
I don't speak_[language]_.
_を私は話せません
Clarifying that you don't speak a certain language
I don't understand.
分かりません
Explaining that you don't understand

General - Conversation

Hello!
こんにちは
Standard greeting
Hi!
やぁ!
Informal greeting
Good Morning!
おはようございます!
Greeting used in the morning
Good Evening!
こんばんは!
Greeting used in the evening
Good Night!
おやすみなさい!
Greeting used when leaving in the evening/night or before going to bed
How are you?
お元気ですか?
Polite small talk enquiring about the other person's well-being
Good, thank you.
元気です
Polite reply to 'How are you?'
What’s your name?
お名前はなんですか?
Asking the other person's name
My name is ___.
私の名前は_です
Telling someone your name
Where are you from?
どこから来ましたか?
Asking about someone's origin
I am from___.
_から来ました
Answering about your origin
How old are you?
おいくつですか?
Asking about someone's age
I am___years old.
_歳です
Answering about your age
Yes
はい
Positive reply
No
いいえ
Negative reply
Please
お願いします
Filler word to add polite touch
Here you go!
はい、どうぞ!
Used when giving something to someone
Thank you.
ありがとうございます
Thanking someone
Thank you very much.
どうもありがとうございます
Thanking someone very warmly
You're welcome.
どういたしまして
Politely replying to a 'thank you'
I am sorry.
ごめんなさい
Apologizing for something
Excuse me.
すみません
Getting the attention of someone
It's OK.
大丈夫です
Replying to an apology if you accept it
No problem.
問題ないです
Replying to an apology if you accept it
Watch out!
気をつけて!
Making someone aware of a danger
I am hungry.
お腹がすきました
Used when feeling hungry
I am thirsty.
喉が渇きました
Used when feeling thirsty
I am tired.
疲れました
Used when feeling tired
I am sick.
風邪を引きました
Used when feeling sick
I don't know.
分かりません
You don't know the answer to a question
It was nice meeting you.
あなたに会えてよかったです
Polite good-bye phrase after first meeting
Goodbye!
さようなら!
Saying farewell

General - Complaints

I would like to make a complaint.
クレームを言いたいと思います
Polite way of starting your complaint
Who is in charge here?
責任者はどなたですか?
Finding out who is responsible
This is totally unacceptable!
これは非常に受け入れ難いことだ!
Strongly expressing your dissatisfaction
I want my money back!
お金を返してくれ!
Asking for a refund
We have been waiting for over an hour.
1時間以上私たちは待っています
Complaining about long waiting times

General - Swearing

This food tastes like crap!
この食べ物はとてもまずい!
Rude way of showing displeasure with your food
This drink tastes like piss!
この飲み物は小便の味がする!
Rude way of showing displeasure with a drink
This place is a shithole!
この場所は糞だ!
Rude way of showing displeasure with an establishment
This car is a wreck!
この車は倒壊寸前だ!
Rude way of showing displeasure with a car
The service sucks!
このサービスは最低だ!
Rude way of showing displeasure with the service
This is a total rip-off!
これは完全なぼったくりだ!
Rudely complaining about a high price
That is bullshit!
これはでたらめだ!
Rude way of showing disbelief in something someone said
You are a stupid moron!
お前は馬鹿な奴だ!
Insulting a person by criticizing his/her intelligence
You don't know shit!
お前は何も知らない!
Insulting a person by criticizing his/her knowledge
Piss off!
うせろ!
Rudely telling a person to leave immediately
Let's settle this outside!
外でケリつけようぜ!
Asking a person to fight outside of an establishment