Now let’s learn some basic Japanese conversation. This lesson will teach you how to introduce yourself, as well as simple words and phrases like yes, no, excuse me and I don’t understand. Learn these and you’ll be ready to conduct short conversations in Japanese.

This lesson is part of the chapter “Learning Japanese“.

Basic Japanese words & phrases: conversations


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Basic conversation

please / you’re welcomeどうぞどうぞdouzo
you’re very welcomeどういたしましてどういたしましてdouitashimashite
thank you有難うありがとうarigatou
thank you very muchどうも有難う御座いますどうもありがとうございますdoumo arigatou gozaimasu
Excuse me!すみません!すいません!sumimasen!


I understand.分かりましたわかりましたwakarimashita
I don’t understand.分かりませんわかりませんwakarimasen
Hello? (on the phone) / I beg your pardon?もしもしもしもしmoshi moshi
What does that mean?どういう意味ですか?どういういみですか?douiu imi desuka?
I don’t know.分かりませんわかりませんwakarimasen
I don’t speak Polish.ポーランド語は話しませんポーランドごははなしませんpoorando go wa hanashimasen
I speak a little Polish.少しならポーランド語を話しますすこしならぽーらんどごをはなしますsukoshinara poorando go wo hanashimasu
Do you speak English? (informal)英語を話す?えいごをはなす?eigo o hanasu?
Do you speak English? (formal)英語を話しますか?えいごをはなしますか?eigo o hanashi masuka?
Yes, I do speak English.はい、英語を話しますはい、えいごをはなしますhai, eigo wo hanashimasu
No, I don’t speak English.いいえ、英語は話しませんいいえ、えいごははなしませんiie, eigo wa hanashimasen

Making acquaintances

Please talk more slowly!もっとゆっくりと話してください!もっとゆっくりとはなしてくださいmotto yukkuri to hanashite kudasai!
Nice to meet you!初めまして!はじめまして!hajimemashite!
How are you?ご機嫌いかかですか?ごきげんいかかですか?gokigen ikaga desuka?
Good, thank you!良いです、有難ういいです、ありがとうiidesu, arigatou
I’m well, thanks!元気です、ありがとう!げんきです、ありがとうgenki desu, arigatou!
Not bad, thanks!悪くないです、ありがとう!わるくないです、ありがとうwaruku naidesu, arigatou!
very badとても悪いですとてもわるいですtotemo warui desu
What’s your name?お名前はなんですか?おなまえはなんですか?onamae wa nandesuka?
My name is [...].私の名前は[…]ですわたしのなまえは[…]ですwatashi no namae wa […] desu
What’s your first name?あなたの名前は?あなたのなまえは?anata no namae wa?
My first name is [...]私の苗字は[…]ですわたしのみょうじは[…]ですwatashi no myouji wa[…]desu
How old are you?おいくつですか?おいくつですか?oikutsu desuka?
I’m [...] years old.私は[…]歳ですわたしは[…]さいですwatashi wa […] sai desu
What are your hobbies?あなたの趣味は何ですか?あなたのしゅみはなんですか?anata no shumi wa nandesuka?
What do you like doing?何をするのが好きですか?なにをするのがすきですか?nanio surunoga suki desuka?
What are you doing (at the moment)?なにをしているのですか(今は)?なにをしているのですか(いまは)?nanio shite iruno=desuka(ima wa)?
Where do you live?どこに住んでいるのですか?どこにすんでいるのですか?dokoni sunde iruno desuka?
I live in [...].私は[…]に住んでいますわたしは[…]にすんでいますwatashi wa […] ni sunde imasu
I’m from England私はイギリスの出身ですわたしはいぎりすのしゅっしんですwatashi wa igisiru no shusshin desu
I’m English私はイギリス人ですわたしはいぎりすじんですwatashi wa igisiru jin desu

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