Useful Japanese Expressions Recommended By The Lonely Planet Japanese Phrasebook And Arranged Into An Imaginary Conversation

I’d like to go on a bullet train.
Shin-kan-sen de i-ki-tai no des ga

Where do I buy a ticket?
Kip-pu wa do-ko de ka-e-mas ka

Thank you.
Ar-ri-ga-to

Can I get a sleeping berth?
Shin-dai-se-ki wa a-ri-mas ka

Please?
Ku-da-sai

O.K.
Hai

Is this the train?
Yu-ki no den-sha wa ko-re des ka

What?
Na-ni?

O.K.
Hai

Excuse me, is this seat free?
Su-mi-ma-sen, ko-no se-ki wa ai-te i-mas ka

My name is Simon.
Wa-ta-shi no na-ma-e wa Simon des

Isn’t it hot today?
Kyo wa a-tsu-I des ne

Strange weather, isn’t it?
Hen-na ten-ki des ne

Where are you going?
Do-ko ni i-ki-mas ka

Could you take a photo of me?
Wa-ta-shi no sha-shin o tot-te mo-ra-e-ma-sen ka

Thank you.
Ar-ri-ga-to

Can I take a photo of you?
A-na-ta no sha-shin o tot-te mo I des ka

Sorry.
Go-men-na-sai

Are you here on holidays?
Kyu-ka de ko-ko ni ki-mash-ta ka?

I’m here for a holiday.
Kyu-ka de ko-ko ni ki-mash-ta

Do you like billiards?
Bi-ri-ya-do ga su-ki des ka

I like billiards.
Bi-ri-ya-do ga su-ki des

I don’t like bonsai.
Bon-sai ga su-ki ja

I’m a member of the communist party.
Wa-ta-shi wa kyo-san to-in des

How do you feel about euthanasia?
Min-na wa an-ra-ku-shi ni tsu-i-te do o-mot-te i-mas ka?

What should be done about US bases?
A-me-ri-ka-gun-ki-chi ni tsu-i-te na-ni o?

Is there a dioxin problem here?
Ko-ko ni wa dai-o-ki-shin no mon-dai ga a-ri-mas ka?

Tomorrow is my last day here.
A-shi-ta ga ko-ko ni i-ru sai-go no hi des

Are you married?
Kek-kon shi-te i-mas ka?

I’m agnostic.
Wa-ta-shi wa fu-ka-chi-ron-ja des

Really?
Hon-to

I’m younger than I look
Wa-ta-shi wa mi-ta-me yo-ri wa-kai des

Sorry, I can’t dance
Go-men-na-sai o-do-re nain des

What station is this?
Ko-ko wan a-ni-e-ki des ka?

Can I stay at your place?
O-ta-ku ni to-me-te-i-ta-da-ke-ma-sen ka

I have my own sleeping bag.
Wa-ta-shi wan e-bu-ku-ro o mot-te i-mas

Yes, I’d love to.
Do-ko ni i-ki-ma-sho ka

Do you have electricity?
Ga- a-ri-mas ka den-ki

I’m ready.
Jum-bi wa I des

What’s that?
A-re wan an des ka

That’s not my luggage.
A-re wa wa-ta-shi no ja a-ri-ma-sen

Oh my god! My luggage has been stolen.
Su-goy! Wa-ta-shi no te-ni-mo-tsu ga nu-su-ma

I’m sad.
Wa-ta-shi wa ka-na-shi des

Would you like to go for a drink?
Na-ni ka no-mi-ma-sen-ka

Do you take drugs?
Ma-ya-ku o shi-yo shi-te I mas ka

Do you want to have a smoke?
Su-i-tai des ka?

I’m high.
Bu-ton-de-mas

Thanks for your hospitality.
Tai-hen o-se-wa ni na-ri-mash-ta

You look like someone I know.
Wa-ta-shi no shit-te i-ru hi-to ni yo-ku ni-te i-mas

I like you very much.
A-na-ta ga to-te-mo su-ki

Do you want a massage?
Mas-sa-ji shi-ma-sho ka

Can I kiss you?
Ki-su shi-te mo i

Kiss me.
Ki-su shi-te

Are you sexually active?
Sai-kin se-ko-sho ga a-ri-mash-ta ka

It’s my first time.
Ha-ji-me-te des

Touch me here.
Ko-ko o sa-wat-te

I like that.
Ko-re wa su-ki des

Do you like this?
Ko-re was u-ki

Oh my god! I’m not used to this.
Su-goy! Ko-re ni na-re-te i-ma-sen

I don’t like that.
Ko-re was u-ki ja a-ri-ma-sen

Easy tiger!
Chot-to mat-te

I want you.
A-na-ta ga ho-shi

Let’s use a condom.
Kon-do-mu o tsu-kai-ma-sho

I won’t do it without protection.
Hi-nin-gu na-shi de wa shi-ma-sen

Do you have a condom?
Kon-do-mu wa a-ri-mas ka

Don’t worry, I’ll do it myself.
Dai-jo-bu, ji-bun de ya-ru ka-ra

This is fun.
Ko-re wa ta-no-shi des

Do you like this?
Ko-re was u-ki

It helps to have a sense of humor.
Ka-ta no chi-ka-ra o nu-i-te ya-ro yo

What is that animal?
A-re wan an to yu do-bu-tsu des ka?

A Japanese river otter?
Ka-wa-u-so?

Is it common?
Fu-tsu-ni

I’m allergic to Japanese river otters.
Wa-ta-shi wa ka-wa-u-so a-re-ru-gi

Is this a local or national custom?
Ko-re wa ji-mo-to no shu-kan des ka, so-re-to-mo zen-ko-ku-te-ki na shu-kan des ka

I’m a shy person
Zha-zu-ka-shi des

I will try it.
Yat-te mi-mas

Wait!
Mas-te

Stop!
To-ma-ri-mas!

You’re just using me for sex.
Wa-ta-shi o sek-kus no ta-me da-ke ni tsu-kat-te i-mas

No?
Ii-e?

I don’t want to offend you.
Fu-yu-kai na o-moy o sa-se-ta-ku a-ri-ma-sen

I didn’t mean to do anything wrong.
A-ku-I de yat-ta wa-ke de wa a-ri-ma-sen

I have to go now.
Wa-ka-re-na-ke-re-ba na-ri-ma-sen

There’s been an accident.
Ji-ko des

It’s an emergency.
Kin-kyu des

I think it’s the medication I’m on.
I-ma non-de i-ru ku-su-ri no se da to o-moy-mas

I’m afraid of macaques.
Ni-hon-za-ru ko-wai

Can you call a taxi for me?
Tak-shi o yon-de mo-ra-e-mas ka

Can I have some coins?
Ko-in o ku-da-sai

I’ll keep in touch.
Ren-ra-ku shi-mas

Goodbye!
Sa-yo-na-ra!

3 Comments

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3 responses to “Useful Japanese Expressions Recommended By The Lonely Planet Japanese Phrasebook And Arranged Into An Imaginary Conversation

  1. I think this is brilliant! I have this phrasebook too. I don’t remember the mention of Japanese river otters though!!

  2. You are correct! It does have the Japanese river otter (ka-wa u-so) on page 154 under ‘social’ – flora and fauna in the ‘Wild Thing’ box.

    Japanese is about as different from English as it can be in the sequence of words. Fascinating langauge, kind of difficult to learn I think.

  3. TOM

    haha, these phrases were very interesting!
    i can pretty much say all of them in japanese anyway,
    good thing to have when you’re in japan though i guess..

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