How many days do you have before you travel to Japan? Oh my! One more day? On the plane now, but haven’t studied Japanese at all? No worries! Let’s get you started with some Japanese phrases that you can squeeze […]
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?
We all try to maintain good health but despite our efforts, there are times when we do fall sick. When that happens, there is nothing more frustrating than not being able to describe the state of our condition especially when […]
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 […]
Saying sorry is not an easy matter in Japanese. There are many different ways of saying sorry depending on the situation and social status of the person you are saying sorry to. This article attempts to summarize four common ways […]
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 […]
The number “one” is “いち ichi” in Japanese but there are many ways of counting “one” in Japanese, depending on the object that you are attaching the number to. These are called “counters” and they are required to count different […]