Cycling Tokyo

Three most useful Japanese phrases

People may think that Japanese is a difficult language. It is true. I do not deny it, however, if you know certain phrases, you can feel yourself relaxed and spend your days in Japan with a lot of comfort and fun too. Here are three most useful phrases.

  • “Arigatou”
    “Arigatou” is the word for Thank you. You can use this in many occasions in the same way as you say Thank you at home. In Japan tourists are generally welcomed in a most courteous way because Japanese have sentiments to respect and welcome visitors from abroad. This is largely due to the fact that Japan being isolated in a remote place in the Far East, there has not been many occasions for Japanese to see people from foreign countries. People take it an honor to meet with people from abroad and naturally they behave kindly to people they meet. If you want to say Thank you more gently, you can add “gozaimasu” corresponding to Very Much as “Arigatou Gozaimasu”.
  • Dohmo
    “Dohmo” is a very useful and easy to memorize word. It has various meanings depending occasions when you use, such as “Hello”, “Hi”, “Yes” etc. So long as it is used in an affirmative way, it can mean a lot of things, and your counterpart will understand that you are happy about him/her. It works perfect if it is used with a smile.
  • “Sumimasen”
    “Sumimasen” literary means “Excuse me” or “I am sorry”. It can be used almost in an identical manner as these words. In a crowded subway, if your shoulder touches someone, you say “Sumimasen”. I am sure you will be regarded as a respectable person as you truly are. It is generally used as an expression of an apology or a regret, but also it can be used as a mean to call for somebody’s attention. For example, at a store or a restaurant if you need help, you can cry “Sumimasen!” You will be attended immediately with a most friendly manner.