Answer by Japanese teacher Explanation Onegaishimasu is a useful phrase whenever we are in need of someone’s help or favour. When used with the word “made” before it, that is, “~ made onegaishimasu”, it means “please go to ~”. Try […]
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 […]
Answer by Japanese teacher Explanation The phrase ～e ikimasu means “to go to ~”. Thus Shinjuku e ikimasu means to go to Shinjuku. You can simply put the subject kono densha (this train) in front to ask this question. Train […]
Answer by Japanese teacher Explanation The phrase yoyakushimasu means “to book or to reserve something”. If you conjugate the masu form of the verb to “~tai”, it means “I want to ~”. In this case, yoyakushitai means “I want to […]
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.
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?
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 […]
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 […]
Answer by Japanese teacher Explanation “What’s up?” is a casual greeting commonly used by young people or guys in America. There is no specific expression for “what’s up” in Japanese. However, as this is originally a casual greeting, the Japanese […]
Answer by Japanese teacher Explanation The number “one” is “いち ichi” in Japanese but there are many ways of saying “one” in Japanese, depending on the object that you are attaching the number to. In this case, if you want […]