Useful Expressions

 


Useful Expressions

 

 

Here are some expressions you'll find useful every day. (Click on the red text to hear a pronounciation.)
  • ohaiyoo gozaimasu - good morning
  • ohaiyoo - good morning (informal)
  • kon-nichi wa - good day
  • kon-ban wa - good evening
  • ya - hi, hello (informal)
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  • mata - [see you] later
  • ja, mata - well, [see you] later
  • mata ashita - [see you] tomorrow
  • mata aimashoo - let's meet again
  • o-yasumi nasai - good night; rest well
  • sayonara - goodbye
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  • hai - yes, uh-huh, OK, go on; not necessarily agreement
  • ee - yes (informal)
  • iie - no
  • chigaimasu - it's different; it's wrong; it's not like that
  • ii desu - it's good; OK; right
  • warui desu - it's bad
  • soo desu ka - really? is that so?
  • soo desu - that's so; that's true
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  • doozo - please (more in the sense of "please go ahead" rather than "please may I")
  • doomo - 1) thank you; 2) ever so much
  • arigatoo - thank you
  • arigatoo gozaimasu - more polite thank you
  • doomo arigatoo - thank you very much
  • doomo arigatoo gozaimasu - more polite thank you very much
  • sumimasen - excuse me; pardon me; thank you
  • doo itashimashite - you're welcome; don't think of it; think nothing of it
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  • ikimashoo - let's go!
  • kaimono ni ikimashoo - let's go shopping!
  • tabemashoo - let's eat!
  • nomimashoo - let's drink!
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  • wakarimasu ka - do you understand?
  • wakarimasu - I understand
  • wakarimasen - I don't understand