100+ Useful Conversational Words & Phrases in Japanese Language Resources

Are you thinking about learning Japanese but find yourself struggling to find resources that help you start speaking?

When I started out, I certainly did.

Many of the tools that I found when I started learning Japanese were grammar-heavy textbook style resources and they didn’t offer me a lot in terms of day-to-day conversation. Rather than learning how to say “what did you do last weekend?” I had memorized a bunch of rules involving particles or sentence structure and I was nowhere near conversing with my fellow Japanese speakers.

So I decided to put something together on my own so that I could feel more confident engaging in language exchanges.

And today, I’d like to share it with you.

In this post you’ll find a short selection of the 100+ conversational phrases and words in Japanese I have available as part of a downloadable PDF that you can get by entering your email in the box below.

Happy Japanese language learning!

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Greetings

English

Japanese

Transliteration

Hello/Good day こんにちは konnichiwa
Hello (on the phone/Skype) もしもし moshi moshi
How are you? おげんきですか? ogenki desu ka?>
I’m good. げんきです genki desu
Long time no see. おしゃしぶりです oshashiburidesu

Basic & Polite Phrases

English

Japanese

Transliteration

Please おねがいします onegaishimasu
Thank you so much どうもありがとうございま doumo arigatou gozaimasu
Excuse me すみません sumimasen
I’m sorry ごめんなさい gomennasai
You’re welcome どういたしまして douitashimashite

Get the Conversation Rolling

English

Japanese

Transliteration

Are you busy now? いまいそがしいですか? ima isogashii desu ka?
What are you plans this weekend? こんしゅうまつよていがありますか? konshuumatsu yotei ga arimasu ka?
How is your family? かぞくのみなさんわいかがですか? Kazoku no minasan wa ikaga desu ka?
Tell me about yourself じこしょうかいをおねがいします jiko shoukai o onegaishimasu
What do you think? どうおもいますか? dou omoimasu ka?

Getting a Bit of Clarification

English

Japanese

Transliteration

How do you say that in English? それわえいごでなんといいますか? sore wa eigo de nanto iimasu ka?
I don’t understand. わかりません wakarimasen
I forgot わすれました wasuremashita
I don’t know. しりません shirimasen
Can you please say it slowly? もとゆっくりはんして? moto yukkuri hanshite?

Words About Time

English

Japanese

Transliteration

Every day まいにち mai nichi
Sometimes じじ jiji
Now いま ima
Later あとで atode
Maybe たぶん tabun

Exclamations & Transition Words to Take Your Speaking to the Next Level

English

Japanese

Transliteration

That’s a good question それはよいしつもんですね Sore wa yoishitsu mondesu ne
Alright だいじょうぶ daijoubu
Wait a moment ちょっとまってください chotto matte kudasai
Don’t worry くよくよするな kuyokuyo suru na
Oops おっとっと ottotto

Conversation Closers

English

Japanese

Transliteration

Thank you for your time おいそがしいところありがとうございました o isogashii tokoro arigatou gozaimashita
see you later じゃあまた jaa mata
see you またね matane
Goodbye さようなら sayounara

*Please note that most of the above examples use formal language, assuming that you’re getting to know the person that you’re speaking with. 

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