25 Essential Japanese Phrases and Words

25 Essential Japanese Phrases

So you finally hit that button and you’re going to Japan. COOL! These are the 25 essential Japanese phrases for travelers and tourists, that I can think of. Presented in no particular order or categorization…. Some of these you may hear, some you’ll read, some you’ll need to know how to say, but these are the ones you should consider learning. Let’s get started. Hello Saying hello is a little tricky because it depends on …

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Counting in Japanese Part 2: Hundreds and Thousands

10,000 yen note

In Counting in Japanese Part 1, we talked about the Japanese kanji for the numbers 0-10, and when you are likely to encounter them. In this part, we look at the multipliers, 100, 1000, and 10,000. We’ll touch on the big one, 100,000,000, at the end for just a bit. Lets just throw these out there first, and then talk about them. 100 – 百 – hyaku (hiyakoo) 1,000 – 千 – sen (sehn) 10,000 …

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Counting in Japanese Part 1: 1-10

Alright, so here’s the scoop on numbers and counting in Japanese. This is part one where we’ll go over counting from one to ten, including zero. For most purposes, “normal” Arabic numerals are used pretty much everywhere. Whether its refering to times, or prices, or well, pretty much everything. The Japanese have adopted the “western” use of Arabic numbers and that makes things really easy for us tourists. But. There are still some places that …

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Should I Learn Japanese Before Coming to Japan?

So you’ve decided that maybe you’d like to take a trip to Japan. The question comes up…. “Should I Learn Japanese Before Coming to Japan?” The answer is, surprisingly, No. You don’t. I know, right? “What? Then what are we doing here?” It would be possible to get around and get yourself fed, and in relative safety, without knowing a single tiny shred of Japanese. There is enough English on signs, etc. to get you …

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