Travelling to a country that doesn’t speak English as their first language may seem a little daunting however you will find that a lot of people know a small amount of English, especially in places that tourists frequent. This is definitely the case in Japan as it is taught in schools and adults often study English in evening classes. Even though you can get by without speaking the language, learning a few words or phrases in Japanese will make things a little bit easier, help you to have a more immersive travel experience and will definitely earn you brownie points with the locals.
Asian languages may seem difficult to learn but unlike some others, Japanese is not a tonal language which means that saying a word differently won’t change the meaning of the word. English isn’t a tonal language either so this should make learning some phrases in Japanese a little easier. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll be speaking Japanese like a local!
|Please (request)||Onegai shimasu||oh-neh-gigh shee-moss|
|Where is?||….Doko desu ka?||doh-koh dess KAH?|
|Nice to meet you||Hajimemashite||hah-jee-meh-MOSH-teh|
|Delicious||Oishii desu||Oi-SHEE dess|
|Can I have a beer?||Bi-ru o kudasai||Bee-RU oh koo-dah-sai|
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