Useful Japanese Expressions Recommended By The Lonely Planet Japanese Phrasebook And Arranged Into An Imaginary Conversation
I’d like to go on a bullet train.
Shin-kan-sen de i-ki-tai no des ga
Where do I buy a ticket?
Kip-pu wa do-ko de ka-e-mas ka
Can I get a sleeping berth?
Shin-dai-se-ki wa a-ri-mas ka
Is this the train?
Yu-ki no den-sha wa ko-re des ka
Excuse me, is this seat free?
Su-mi-ma-sen, ko-no se-ki wa ai-te i-mas ka
My name is Simon.
Wa-ta-shi no na-ma-e wa Simon des
Isn’t it hot today?
Kyo wa a-tsu-I des ne
Strange weather, isn’t it?
Hen-na ten-ki des ne
Where are you going?
Do-ko ni i-ki-mas ka
Could you take a photo of me?
Wa-ta-shi no sha-shin o tot-te mo-ra-e-ma-sen ka
Can I take a photo of you?
A-na-ta no sha-shin o tot-te mo I des ka
Are you here on holidays?
Kyu-ka de ko-ko ni ki-mash-ta ka?
I’m here for a holiday.
Kyu-ka de ko-ko ni ki-mash-ta
Do you like billiards?
Bi-ri-ya-do ga su-ki des ka
I like billiards.
Bi-ri-ya-do ga su-ki des
I don’t like bonsai.
Bon-sai ga su-ki ja
I’m a member of the communist party.
Wa-ta-shi wa kyo-san to-in des
How do you feel about euthanasia?
Min-na wa an-ra-ku-shi ni tsu-i-te do o-mot-te i-mas ka?
What should be done about US bases?
A-me-ri-ka-gun-ki-chi ni tsu-i-te na-ni o?
Is there a dioxin problem here?
Ko-ko ni wa dai-o-ki-shin no mon-dai ga a-ri-mas ka?
Tomorrow is my last day here.
A-shi-ta ga ko-ko ni i-ru sai-go no hi des
Are you married?
Kek-kon shi-te i-mas ka?
Wa-ta-shi wa fu-ka-chi-ron-ja des
I’m younger than I look
Wa-ta-shi wa mi-ta-me yo-ri wa-kai des
Sorry, I can’t dance
Go-men-na-sai o-do-re nain des
What station is this?
Ko-ko wan a-ni-e-ki des ka?
Can I stay at your place?
O-ta-ku ni to-me-te-i-ta-da-ke-ma-sen ka
I have my own sleeping bag.
Wa-ta-shi wan e-bu-ku-ro o mot-te i-mas
Yes, I’d love to.
Do-ko ni i-ki-ma-sho ka
Do you have electricity?
Ga- a-ri-mas ka den-ki
Jum-bi wa I des
A-re wan an des ka
That’s not my luggage.
A-re wa wa-ta-shi no ja a-ri-ma-sen
Oh my god! My luggage has been stolen.
Su-goy! Wa-ta-shi no te-ni-mo-tsu ga nu-su-ma
Wa-ta-shi wa ka-na-shi des
Would you like to go for a drink?
Na-ni ka no-mi-ma-sen-ka
Do you take drugs?
Ma-ya-ku o shi-yo shi-te I mas ka
Do you want to have a smoke?
Su-i-tai des ka?
Thanks for your hospitality.
Tai-hen o-se-wa ni na-ri-mash-ta
You look like someone I know.
Wa-ta-shi no shit-te i-ru hi-to ni yo-ku ni-te i-mas
I like you very much.
A-na-ta ga to-te-mo su-ki
Do you want a massage?
Mas-sa-ji shi-ma-sho ka
Can I kiss you?
Ki-su shi-te mo i
Are you sexually active?
Sai-kin se-ko-sho ga a-ri-mash-ta ka
It’s my first time.
Touch me here.
Ko-ko o sa-wat-te
I like that.
Ko-re wa su-ki des
Do you like this?
Ko-re was u-ki
Oh my god! I’m not used to this.
Su-goy! Ko-re ni na-re-te i-ma-sen
I don’t like that.
Ko-re was u-ki ja a-ri-ma-sen
I want you.
A-na-ta ga ho-shi
Let’s use a condom.
Kon-do-mu o tsu-kai-ma-sho
I won’t do it without protection.
Hi-nin-gu na-shi de wa shi-ma-sen
Do you have a condom?
Kon-do-mu wa a-ri-mas ka
Don’t worry, I’ll do it myself.
Dai-jo-bu, ji-bun de ya-ru ka-ra
This is fun.
Ko-re wa ta-no-shi des
Do you like this?
Ko-re was u-ki
It helps to have a sense of humor.
Ka-ta no chi-ka-ra o nu-i-te ya-ro yo
What is that animal?
A-re wan an to yu do-bu-tsu des ka?
A Japanese river otter?
Is it common?
I’m allergic to Japanese river otters.
Wa-ta-shi wa ka-wa-u-so a-re-ru-gi
Is this a local or national custom?
Ko-re wa ji-mo-to no shu-kan des ka, so-re-to-mo zen-ko-ku-te-ki na shu-kan des ka
I’m a shy person
I will try it.
You’re just using me for sex.
Wa-ta-shi o sek-kus no ta-me da-ke ni tsu-kat-te i-mas
I don’t want to offend you.
Fu-yu-kai na o-moy o sa-se-ta-ku a-ri-ma-sen
I didn’t mean to do anything wrong.
A-ku-I de yat-ta wa-ke de wa a-ri-ma-sen
I have to go now.
There’s been an accident.
It’s an emergency.
I think it’s the medication I’m on.
I-ma non-de i-ru ku-su-ri no se da to o-moy-mas
I’m afraid of macaques.
Can you call a taxi for me?
Tak-shi o yon-de mo-ra-e-mas ka
Can I have some coins?
Ko-in o ku-da-sai
I’ll keep in touch.
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