Tokyo Escort Agency: Survival Japanese

Key Japanese Phrases

Japanese Greetings


“Hello” is “konnichiwa” (ko-nee-chee-wa).

“Good morning” “Ohayo Gozaimasu” (oh-high-yo go-zigh-moss) the short (and informal) version is “Ohayo”.

“Good Evening” is “Konbanwa” (kone-bawn-wa) but it is only used in greeting NOT in departing.

When in doubt use “Konnichiwa” – “hello”



“What is your name?” “O namae wan an desu ka?” (oh naw-my-ay wan awn des ka)

“My name is Steven.” “Watashi no namae wa Steven desu.” (Wa-taw-she-wa no naw-myay wa Steven des.)

The short version is “Watashi wa Steven desu” or you can simply gesture to yourself and say “Mike desu.”


3. Nice to meet you

“Nice to meet you” “Hajimemashite (Ha-gee-me-mash-te)

“Nice to meet you too” “Kochirakoso Hajimemashite” (Ko-cheera-ko-so-ha-gee-me-mash-te)

4. Excuse me

“Excuse me” “Sumimasen” (Sue-me-ma-sen)

5. How are you?

“How are you?” “O genki desu ka?” (Oh gen-key des ka)

6. This and that

There are many ways to say “this” and “that” they all derive from;

“Kore” (Ko-re) “this” when it is near the speaker

“Sore” (So-re) “that” when it is far from the speaker or near the listner

later you can learn “sono”, “kono”, “koko”, “soko”, “kochira”, and “sochira”. But at the beginning just use sore and kore and most Japanese people will understand.



Japanese has four different alphabets. It will be a long time before you can read a menu.

“eigo no-menu arimasu-ka” “is there an English menu”

“shashing menu arimasu-ka” “is there a photo menu”

or you can go to place where you can point like a sushi bar ot simply pick up the food off a rotating sushi bar “kaiten sushi”

there are two ways to get a waiter;

traditionally you have to shout “sumimasen” – “excuse me”

but nowadays a lot of places have a handy button on the table which when you press summons the waiter

ordering is simple, you point to the menu (hopefully a picture) or at the fish behind the glass screen (in a sushi bar) and you say “Kore o kudasai” “This please” (Ko-re o coo-duh-sigh) (kudasai means please BTW)

8. Survival Phrases

“Where is the toilet?” “Toire wa doko desu ka?” (Toeee-lay wa do-ko des ka)

“I don’t understand” “Wakaraimasen” (Wa-car-ree-ma-sen)

“Yes” “Hai” (Hi)

“No” “ie” (ee-eh)

“help” “taskete” (tessket-tay)

“do you speak English?” “Eigo ga hanasemasuka?” (eggo ga han-na-s-eh-maska) “please speak slower” “moto yukuri hanashite kudasai” (mo-toe yu-ku-ree ha-nash-ta coo-duh-sigh)

9. “japlish”

Many English words have entered the English Language, however it is important to remember that most have been changed significantly, you need to know how they are said by the Japanese so as to understand them and perhaps more importantly to know how to pronounce them so that the Japanese can understand you. As a general rule expect v to become b e.g. “video” = “bideo” and l becoming r e.g. “coca-cola” = “coca-cora” with the vowels becoming shorter and more stocato e..g. “coke” = “cok” (try not to laugh when this happens, as it usually offends). Also the Japanese like to add vowels like “oh” and “uu” to English words that end with consonants e.g. “hotel” = “hoteru” “soup” = “suupu”, “spoon” = “supun”.

It can be tempting to think that by simply “perverting” the English language enough you can get by in Japan. Unfortunately it is not so.

10. Good bye and Thank you.

“good bye” – “Sayonara” (sah-yoh-na-ra)

“goodbye, I’m sorry to be leaving work earlier than you” “Osakini sure shimasu” (oh-sa-key-nee she-tsu-ray she-moss)

“goodbye” (to co-workers) “Otsukare samadeshita) (oh-ts-car-ray sa-ma-desh-ta)

“see you again” (casual) “ja-mata” (ja-ah matta)

“thanks” “domo” (doe-mo)

“thank you very much” “domo arrigato”

“thankyou very very very much” (this is also very formal) “domo arigato gozaimasu”

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