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8 Expressions to Call Out to a Friend in Trouble in Japanese

Hello. We received the following question below. “I met my friend Yoshiko back from my university days. We had a good time over lunch but I happened to see her looking at her smartphone with tears in her eyes outside the toilet. Something must be worrying her. I wanted to ask her about it but how should I go about doing it?” Today, let's think about phrases to call out to a friend in trouble.

8 Expressions about Keeping and Spilling Secrets in Japanese

1. 秘密(ひみつ)です。 Himitsu desu. (It’s a secret.) “Secret” can be translated as “himitsu” in Japanese. Sample Expressions Man: おとしはいくつなんですか。 Otoshi wa ikutsu nan desuka. (How old are you?) Woman: 秘密です。 Himitsu desu. (It’s a secret.) “Secret” can be translated as […]

Nine Expressions Supermarket Employees Use in Japan

1. いらっしゃいませ Irasshaimase This expression is used by store employees in supermarkets, restaurants, fast food chains, clothing stores, souvenir stores, and many others. It’s an expression to welcome customers. This expression is used by employees in any shops such as […]

How to say “No problem” in Japanese?

How do you say “No problem” in Japanese? “No problem” is used in many situations to calm someone down. Let’s look at how this is said in Japanese. 1. 問題(もんだい)ありません。 Mondai arimasen. This is the most standard way of saying […]

Six Expressions about Age in Japanese

In our previous article about asking how old you are, we have introduced phrases such as “oikutsu desu ka” and “nansai desu ka”. Still, asking about someone’s age is a very sensitive topic. Let’s consider some more expressions about age […]

Top 10 Japanese Interrogative Expressions

Imagine how much more enjoyable your holiday in Japan would be if you were able to ask questions like “how much is it”, “what is it” or “where is it” in Japanese. Let’s learn how to ask these questions in […]