Useful Japanese – a short language guide Part 1

If you ever want to travel to Japan a few useful words might make it easier on you. You might recognize the words from an anime, next time you might even practice the way they pronounce it for fun.

(1)Sumimasen
Sumimasen is a very useful word that can mean excuse me, can be used to call a person’s attention, can even be used as an intro before asking someone a question and or as a thank you.

Example:
Sumimasen, Eigo ga wakarimasta? – Excuse me do you understand English?

(2)Doko
Doko means where. It is useful when asking for a place in Japanese.

Examples:
Doko (Where?)
– wa doko desu ka (Where is -?)
eki wa doko desu ka (Where is the station?)
toire wa doko desu ka (Where is the toilet?)

(3)Nani
Nani means what.

Example:
nani – what?
Nan ji desu ka (What time?)

(4)Wakarimasen
Wakarimasen means understand. Very useful.

Example:
Sumimasen, Eigo ga wakarimasta? – Excuse me do you understand English?
Wakarimasen – I don’t understand
Nihongo wa wakarimasen – I don’t understand Japanese

(5)Eigo
Eigo is the Japanese word for English.

Example:
Eigo ii desu ka – Is English Okay?
Eigo ga hanasemasu ka? – Can you understand English?
Sumimasen, Eigo ga wakarimasta? – Excuse me do you understand English?

We found some visual and audio guides to help us better understand and pronounce the words, just follow the links to the words you want to know more about:

Sumimasen, Eigo, Wakarimasen – http://goo.gl/BbAH8N
Doko – http://goo.gl/oxbYm9
Nani – http://goo.gl/TN8UKO