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Japanese Meetup Group Message Board › Useful Phrases / Words

Useful Phrases / Words

A former member
Post #: 71


Benjo wa Doko ni Arimasu = Where is the Washroom.


Toire wa doko ni arimasuka?
Toire wa doko desuka?

Otearai wa doko ni arimasuka?
Otearai wa doko desuka?

These would sound more polite than "benjyo".
Some might say "obenjyo".
A former member
Post #: 12
This topic will be stickied so that everyone can easily find it. If you have any interesting phrases or words that you think everyone should learn post a message here and I will add it to the list.

Kanari ii yo (Renee)
Pretty good

Yokunai (Renee)
Not good...

The romaji is a good crutch but makes me squint. Is the board Unicode / 2 byte ? Is it happy with C/J/K pasted in from a Unicode notepad ? Alternatively: we could add images of Japanese.
TheDruid-3X3
TheDruid-3X3
Surrey, BC
Post #: 500
Here is a Word that has been going over and over in my head in the Past Week:

Heiwa O-Kudasai: Let There Be Peace!

KNR
Holly
user 9710300
Tokyo, JP
Post #: 1
I'm sad to see my most favorite word is not on here.

yabai やばい

If you are ever speaking with a native speaker who is younger, ie. under 30 you will probably hear this word used constantly. It used to make my head spin until I finally got someone to explain it to me and then I tried to pay close attention to when and how it was used.

yabai is a tricky word because it has two very distinct meanings and is used as a jack of all trades kind of term and expression. It essentially means something is either very good or very bad. For example:

"good" yabai: ano eiga yabakatta ne? (That movie was so great wasn't it?) or kono choco wa mecha yabai yo! (This chocolate is awesome/ incredibly delicious) It can also be used for people as in to say that they are cool/good looking or something. If you were a guy who thought a lot of himself you might say ore yabakune? (I'm great/cool/devastatingly handsome aren't I?). You might even say yabai if someone told a really great joke that had you laughing a lot. This is especially so if the joke or story was a bit "colourful" and the listener is a tiny bit embarrassed or shocked. Essentially yabai can be used to describe anything, anyone or any kind of situation that you thought was in general awesome or excellent.

On the other hand yabai is also used a lot in with a negative connotation as well. Often time this is situational. You would say yabai if something surprising or annoying happened. yabai! hanabi mienai!
(crap, I can't see the fireworks). You might also use yabai to describe a situation that is/was uncomfortable or possibly sketchy with the connotation that it might be a little dangerous as well. ano tokoro wa yabai yo. (that place is creepy/sketchy). You can even use it for a person ano hito wa yabai (that person is creepy/untrustworthy/dangerous/shady) . Oftentimes you will here people council each other with a simple yabai to say how bad they think the situation you are speaking about is.

Essentially what I am trying to say and get across is how great an all purpose word this is if you are younger and are speaking with younger people. It's definitely a bit slang-y but it's used so frequently that it's extremely useful (and not to mention fun) to use. So go out there and try out yabai!
TheDruid-3X3
TheDruid-3X3
Surrey, BC
Post #: 870
Minna Hito De Konnichiwa!

Sonkai Ni Zoenka Shigoto kara Chijikaiko Ni Shita. Chijikaiko ni Suru no aida ni Furui na Nihongo wa Ima Sai Benkyo Shiteimasu!

I have recently be Laid Off from my Landscaping Job. So while Laid Off, I am restudying my Old Japanese.

Watashi no Tangoshu no Hon kara Yaku ni Tatsu na Nihongo wa Arimasu, Dozo!:

Usefull Phrases:

Could You Do Something?: Moraimasu Ka?
Please Give It To Me?: ChOdai Shimasu Ka?
Domo Arigato Gozaimasu: Thank You Very Much!
Liable To Do: Shi Gashi.
It Has Been A Long Day: O-Hashi Buri Desu.

Please Hurray: Mata Kite Kudasai
Your Welcome: DO Itashi Mashite
Sorry For Keeping You Waiting: Taihen O-Matase Shimashita
How Old Are You: O-Ikutsu Desu Ka?
Quarter To 2:00pm: Niji JU Go Fun Mae Desu

Five To 2:00pm: Niji Go Fun Mae Desu
Midnight: Yohaka No JU Ni Ji Desu.
Fed Up: Unzari Shiteimasu
Please Take Care Of Yourself: Ki Wo Tsuketekudasai
I Want.....: ..... Ga Hoshii Desu

Could You Give Me A Hand?: Tetsudatte Itadakemasen Ka?
Could You Do Me A Favor?: O-Negai Dekimasen Ka?
May I Ask Who This Is?: Dochira Sama Desu Ka?
May I Borrow Your .....?: ..... Wa Kashite Itadakemasen Ka?
Are You Japanese: Nihon No Kata Desu Ka?

I Am Born Under The Dragon Sign: Watashi Wa Tatsu Desu Ka?
What Oriental Sign Are You?: Anata Wa Nani Toshi Desu Ka?
I Am Broke: Muichimon Ni Nata
As Soon As Possible: Dekiru Dake Hayaku
How Many Children Do You Have?: O-Ko Sama Wa Nan Nin Desu Ka?

Let Me Look It Up In The Book: Kono Hon Ni sore Wo Sagashimasu
Do You Have A Boyfriend: Boifurendo Wa Irassha Imasu Ka?
How Far Is it To Walk: Aruite Dono Kurai Kakarimasu Ka?
What Does This Mean: DO Iu Imi Desu Ka?
How Do I Get To .....?: ...... Ewa Dono YO Ni Ikeba Ii Desu Ka?

What Bus Do I Take To Get To ......?: ...... Ewa Dono Basu Ni Notara Ii Desu Ka?
Is There Another Way?: Hoka No Michi Ga Arimasu Ka?
To Be Able To Do ......: ...... Wo Suru Koto Ga Dekimasu.
Please Tell Me When We Arrive: Asoko Ni Tsuitara Oshiete Kudasai
Please Speak More Slowly: Yukkuri Hashitte Kudasai

Where Is The Nearest Subway Station: Mayori No Chikatetsu No Eki Wa Dochira Desu Ka?
Do Not Disturb: Jama Shimaide Kudasai
Fill It Up, Please: Mantan Ni Shite Kudasai
Certified Mail: Haitatsu ShOmei YUbin
Which Direction Is It?: Dochira Desu Ka?

To Be Frustrated With ......: ...... Ni YokkyUfuman Wo Okosaserimsasu.
To Have Access To ......: ..... Ni Sekkin Wo Hakarimasu
Hello: Konnichiwa
Good Evening: Kombanwa:
Good Morning: Ohaiyo Gozaimasu

Good Night: Oyasumi Nasai
See You Tomorrow: Mata Ashita
Are You All Right?: Anata Wa Yoroshii Desu Ka?
How Are You?: Ikaga Desu Ka?
I Am Fine: Genki Desu.

Who Is That?: Donata Wa Imasu Ka?
It Is Good Doing Business With You: Yoroshiku Onegai Shimasu
Never Mind: Dai Jobu Desu.
This Is A Book: Kore Wa Hon Desu:
That Is a Car: Sore Wa Kuruma Desu

Whose Chopsticks Are Those?: Kore Wa Donata No Hashi Desu Ka?
My Book Is Not A Bad Book: Watashi No Hon Wa Warui Hon De Arimasen.
Which One Is Yours?: Dore Ga Anata No Desu Ka?
Is This Not Yours?: Kore Wa Anata No De Arimasen Ka?
Is This Yours?: Kore Ga Anata No Desu Ka?

No, That Is Not Mine.: Iie, Sore Wa Watashi No De Arimasen.
Yes, That Is Mine: Hai, Sore Wa Watashi No Desu.
Where Is My Book?: Watashi No Hon Wa Doko Ni Arimasu Ka?
There Is My Book: Watashi No Hon Wa Soko Ni Arimasu.
What Is On The House?: Uchi No Ue Ni Nani Ga Arimasu Ka?

Where Is The School?: GakO Wa Doko Ni Arimasu Ka?
Who Is Here?: Koko Ni Donata Ga Imasu Ka?
What Is In There?: Soko Ni Nani Ga Arimasu Ka?
Here Is The Dining Hall: ShokUdo Wa Koko Ni Arimasu.
When Is The Plane Going: Itsu Ni Hikoki Wo Itteimasu Ka?

Here Is An Expensive Book: Koko Ni Takai Hon Ga Arimasu.
What Is On The Floor?: Yuka No Ue Ni Nani Ga Arimasu Ka?
What Is Under The Tree?: Ki No Shita Ni Nani Ga Arimasu Ka?
What Is In The Bookcase?: Honbaku No Naka Ni Nani Ga Arimasu Ka?
Are You Beside The Tree?: Anata Wa Ki No Soba Ni Imasu Ka?

What Is Behind You?: Anata No Ushiro Ni Nan De Imasu Ka?
What Is In Front Of You?: Anata No Mae Ni Nan De Imasu Ka?
What Is On Your Right?: Anata No Migi Ni Nan Ga Imasu Ka?
What Is On Your Left?: Anata No Hidari Ni Nan Ga Imasu Ka?
How Far Have Your Read Since Yesterday?: Anata Wa KinO Kara Doko Made Yomimashita Ka?

As Of Now, I Have Been In The House: Watashi Wa Ima Made Uchi Ni Imashita.
I Am Going As Far As The School: Watashi Wa GakO Made Itteimasu.
We Will Go To Your House: Anata No Uchi Ni IkimashO.
That Person Will Open The Box Tomorrow: Ashita Sono Hito Ga Sono Hako Wa AkemashO.
Will This Be A Good Book?: Kore Wa Yoi Hon De ArimashO Ka?

That Person Will Go To Yokohama Tomorrow: Ashita Sono Hito Ga Yokohama Ni Ikimasu Ka?
What Do You Take To School?: Anata Wa GakO Ni Nani Wo Motteimasu ka?
I Am Taking Away The Books: Watashi Wa Hon Wo Motte Kiteimasu Ka?
Did You Come By Foot?: Did You Come By Foot?
Shall We Examine The Closet?: Kono Todana Wo Mite MimashO Ka?

That Person Now Tries That: Sono Hito Wa Sore Wo Shite Mimasu.
Have You Forgotten Me?: Anata Wa Watashi Ni Wasuremashita Ka?
The Dog Has Broken The Glass: Kono Inu Wa Garasu Wo Kowashite Shimaimashita.
Yesterday I Finished Making The Box: KinO Watashi Wa Hako Wo Tsukatte Shimaimashita.
The Dog Has Not Finished Eating The Meat: Inu Wa Niku Wo Tabete Shimai Masen Deshita.

There Is The Rice Bowl, Tea Pot, Chopsticks, and Plates: Chawan to Dobin to Hashi to Sara Ga Arimasu.
What Kind Of Food Is This?: Donna Wa Tabemono Wo Arimasu Ka?
Is She Japanese?: Ano Kata Wa Nihonjin Imasu Ka?
Where Is The Washroom?: Benjo Wa Doko Ni Arimasu Ka?
Where Shall We Go?: Doko Ni IkimashO Ka?

What Time Did You Arrive In Tokyo?: Anata Wa Nan Ji Ni Tokyo Ni Tsukimashita Ka?
How Did You Arrive To Honchu?: Anata Wa Doyatte Ni Honchu Ni Kimashita Ka?
Is The Food Here?: Koko Ni Tabemono Wo Arimasu Ka?
In What Way Can I Help You?: Dono Yo Ni Shite Nan Desu Ka?
Are You Mr.Togo?: Anata Wa Togo-San Wa Imasu Ka?

How Much Is It?: O-Ikura Desu Ka?
When Is The Meal?: Kono Gohan Wa Itsu Ni Desu Ka?
When Are You Coming?: Anata Wa Itsu Ni Kiteimasu Ka?
Which Car Shall We Ride In?: Dore Wa Kuruma Ga NorimashO Ka?
I Am Hungry: Watashi Wa Onaka Suki Mashita.

I Am Thirsty: Watashi Wa Nodo Ni Kawakimashita.
Are You Single?: Doku sheen Desu Ka?
How Old Are You?: Anata Wa Ikutsu Desu Ka?
Pleased To Meet You: Hajimemashite
Please Come Again: Mata Dozo!

No Thank You, I Have Had Enough: Iie, Mo Kekko Desu.
Dont Hesitate To Have More: Enyro Shinai De Kudasai.
How Does It Taste?: Aji Wa DO Desu Ka?
It Is Very Delicious: Kore Wa Taihen Oishi Desu.
Welcome: Irasshaimase
Bon Appetite: Ita Dakimasu!




Yonde Kudasai, Dozo!


TheDruid-3X3
A former member
Post #: 1
Mendokusai- pain in the butt

Nanda ro - hrm... (thinking what's that)

Chotto! (when said in an annoyed voice it means hey, what the? ****?)

Nani shiteru no? (what are you doing?)
TheDruid-3X3
TheDruid-3X3
Surrey, BC
Post #: 1,180
In the Dream Sequence that I wrote which the Voyages Story Hero "Ki No Ronin" had on the day the Fune Ship Crews got off to Rest and Recuperate, I had to look up two more Japanese Words.

One was "Hane", which means "Birds Feather".

The other was "Takibi", which means a Fire that Burns Safely in a Fire Pit or a Fire Hearth.

There are a couple of words in Japanese for Fire. There is also "Kaji", which refers to a Dangerous Destructive Fire.


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TheDruid-3X3
TheDruid-3X3
Surrey, BC
Post #: 1,187
This week, I am doing Memory Drills rememorizing how to say the first 10 Days of the Month.

That is:
1st - Sui Tashi
2nd - Futsuka
3rd - Mika
4th - Yoka
5th - Itsuka
6th - Muika
7th - Nanoka
8th - Yaoka
9th - Kokonoka
10th - Too

Then the rest of the days of the Month is counted using usual numbers. 11th is Ju Ichi Nichi, 12th is Ju Ni Nichi, 13th is Ju Ni Nichi.

I have found that those words work as a Counter Word too, but instead of "Sui Tashitsu", they use Hitotsu for One Thing. Then it goes:

Futsu - 2 Things
Mitsu - 3 Things
Yotsu - 4 Things
Itsutsu - 5 Things
Muitsu - 6 Things
Nanotsu - 7 Things
Yatsu - 8 Things
Kokonotsu - 9 Things
Too - 10 Things


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TheDruid-3X3
TheDruid-3X3
Surrey, BC
Post #: 1,190
Yesterday, while writing a chunk of my Voyages Story, I realized that I did not know the Japanese Word for "Voyages", so I looked it up.

The Word for Voyages is: Tabi


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TheDruid-3X3
TheDruid-3X3
Surrey, BC
Post #: 1,206
When I was writing my last installment of my Voyages Story, I needed to refer to Bowls of Gohan Rice, and I realized that I did not know the Japanese Word for "Bowl", so I looked it up.

Turns out that it is "Hachi", which also is the word for the Number 8.


There are so many Words in Japanese that have several meanings. It is more common than how it happens in English.

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