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How to say “Full tank, please” in Japanese?

Answer by Japanese teacher Explanation Petrol stations are called gasorin sutando (ガソリンスタンド) in Japanese. There are two types of petrol stations in Japan, full-service and self-service. Full-service petrol stations are those where attendants are on hand to fill up your tank as per […]

What is “naruhodo”?

Question: Does “naruhodo” mean the same thing as “soodesuka” (I see)? Why does my Japanese friend give me a strange look when I reply with “naruhodo”? | Answer by Japanese teacher: Soodesuka means “I see” and is used when you realize or understand something that you did not do so previously. なるほど naruhodo also means “I see” but there is an additional nuance to it. You must accept and agree to what someone has mentioned.

How to say “you don’t have to work so hard” in Japanese?

I think my Japanese girlfriend is the most hardworking person I've ever met. She has to juggle between her studies and part-time job and only sleeps at 2am every night. We don't even spend much time together. With her exams coming up soon, she sometimes stays awake the whole night. As a result, she falls sick very often. I'm afraid that this will take a toll on her health in the long run. I want to tell her she doesn't have to work so hard. How do I say it in Japanese?

How To Say “How old are you?” In Japanese?

Answer by Japanese teacher Explanation In general, it is not recommended to ask for someone’s age in Japan because it is not considered a very polite thing to do. However, if you must, and if the situation allows you to […]

How to say “Are you alright?” in Japanese?

Answer by Japanese teacher Explanation There are a few ways of saying “alright” in Japanese. When asking if someone feels alright, you can say daijoobu desu ka. Daijoobu means alright and adding ka at the end of the sentence turns […]