Japanese phrases and expressions you can learn today

Start learning the most common Japanese phrases

Japanese is a fascinating and melodic language that is thought to be the fastest spoken language in the world. So, why not learn a few basic Japanese phrases and expressions to enhance your general knowledge and become happier in the process?

  • ありがとうございます (arigatou gozaimasu): Thank you
  • どういたしまして (douitashimashite): You’re welcome
  • すみません (sumimasen): I’m sorry/excuse me
  • ごめんなさい (gomen nasai): I’m sorry
  • おいしいです (oishīdesu): It is delicious
  • 分かりません (shirimasen): I don’t know
  • 忘れていました (wasurete imashita): I forgot
  • 気を付けて (ki o tsukete): Be careful
  • 良いニュースです (Ii nyūsu desu): That's great news
  • おやすみなさい (oyasumi nasai ): Good night
  • おねがいします (onegai shimasu): Please
  • 気をつけてください (ki o tsukete kudasai): Take care of yourself
  • それはいい考えですね (sore wa ī kangaedesu ne): That's a good idea
  • 大丈夫です (daijōbudesu): All right
  • もちろん (mochiron): Of course

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Top 10 Japanese phrases and sentences you need to know

We have prepared a list of common Japanese expressions that will help you have a basic conversation in Japanese in no time. Let's dig in!

  1. 1. おはようございます。 = Good morning.

    If you find yourself in Tokyo it is always polite to say “Hi” every morning because Japanese speakers are really sociable. “Good morning” in Japanese is "おはようございます。".
    Now enjoy being greeted by a fluent speaker:


  2. 2. こんにちは。 = Good afternoon.

    But what if it's later in the day and you want to greet someone from Japan? Well, “Good afternoon” in Japanese is "こんにちは".
    Now listen to how a Japanese speaker would pronounce it:


  3. 3. 私の名前はMondlyです。 = My name is Mondly.

    Let's say your name is Mondly, you are traveling to Tokyo and meet someone on the street. To introduce yourself you can say "私の名前はモンドリです。" which means "My name is Mondly" in Japanese.
    Listen to how a person from Tokyo would pronounce this phrase:


  4. 4. あなたに会えて光栄です。 = I'm pleased to meet you.

    Now that you have introduced yourself, a Japanese speaker would respond "あなたに会えて光栄です。" which means "I'm pleased to meet you" in Japanese.
    Listen to a fluent Japanese speaker saying that exact sentence to you right now:


  5. 5. 元気? = How are you?

    At this point, it might be polite to ask the person you are having a conversation with "How are you?" in Japanese.
    It’s really easy to pronounce. Here's how to say it:


  6. 6. 元気です、ありがとう。あなたは? = Fine, thanks. And you?

    If, on the other hand, a Japanese speaker asks you first how are you doing, this is how you can answer politely. Apply the unspoken rule of politeness everywhere you go and many doors shall joyously open in your path.
    Here's a fluent speaker showing you how to say it:


  7. 7. ビールをください。 = I’d like a beer.

    And because you might find yourself in a bar when visiting Japan you might have to learn how to order a beer in Japanese.
    Let a fluent Japanese speaker show you how it's done:


  8. 8. ごめんなさい。 = I'm sorry.

    There are times when what you ordered is out of stock, so a bartender might say "ごめんなさい。" which means "I'm sorry" in Japanese.
    Listen to how it's pronounced:


  9. 9. またね! = See you soon!

    This is a good way of saying "See you soon" in Japanese to a co-worker from Osaka that you are probably going to see the next day.
    Delight your senses with a Japanese speaker saying the phrase:


  10. 10. さようなら。 = Goodbye.

    Let's end with the best way to end a pleasant conversation politely. This is another way of saying "Goodbye" in Japanese.
    Here's how a person from Japan would pronounce it:


Useful phrases for specific places

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Learning useful Japanese phrases for specific places is important because it can greatly enhance your experience and communication while traveling or living in Japan. Being able to communicate effectively and respectfully with locals can help you build connections, navigate your way through various situations, and appreciate the culture even more.
    Japanese phrases related to Restaurants
  • メニューを下さい?: (Menyū o kudasai): May I see the menu?
  • これは何ですか?: (Kore wa nan desu ka?): What is this?
  • .... をください : (....wo kudasai): I would like ...

  • Japanese phrases related to Hotels
  • これは何の代金ですか?: (Kore wa nan no ryokin desu ka?): What is this charge for?
  • チェックアウトを今お願いします. : (Chekkuauto o ima onegaishimasu): I would like to check out now.

  • Japanese phrases related to Stations
  • どこで乗車券を買えますか?: (Doko de jōsha-ken o kaemasu ka?): Where can I buy a ticket?
  • 東京行きの切符が必要です : (Tōkyōyuki no kippu ga hitsuyōdesu): I need a ticket to Tokyo.
  • どの電車が_____へ行きますか?: (Dono densha ga _____ e ikimasu ka?): Which train goes to ~?

  • Japanese phrases related to Shopping
  • 試着していいですか?: (Shichaku shite īdesu ka?): Can I try it on?
  • この店に_____はありますか?: (Kono mise ni _____ wa arimasu ka?): Do you have ~?
  • これはいくらですか?: (Kore wa ikuradesu ka?): How much is this?

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The benefits of learning the most common Japanese phrases first

Get smarter day by day

Learning a new language is a perfect way to boost your IQ. In no time, your brain will make new connections and associations and you’ll feel that learning Japanese was one of the best choices you ever made.

Have real conversations in Japanese today

Once you start learning a few basic sentences in Japanese, you will have the knowledge to start your first Japanese conversation. That’s why, at Mondly, we’ve created experiences that simulate real-life conversations to get you speaking Japanese in no time.

Become fluent in Japanese quicker

Starting with the basics, we quickly lay a foundation for you to learn more complex Japanese phrases and sentences. We gradually build your Japanese knowledge so you get fluent faster than you could imagine.

Feel how easy to learn the Japanese language can be

Every language experience should start gradually, from the easiest to the more complex concepts. Starting with the easiest and most common Japanese phrases, you will feel confident in your ability to learn a new language. That’s one of the core principles Mondly is built on.

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