Alright in this blog we will be talking about exactly what the title says, some about Japanese culture. The first thing we will cover in this blog is a little bit about simple language. I will write a few words on this topic and then give a few simple to learn words for people to learn that is commonly used. So let begin with the “lesson”.
I know this is where a lot of people get messed up at and many of you think that you have to know the Japanese language in order to go to Japan and get around. Well this is only half true to be honest. The Japanese people are very helpful, but are even more so if you are able to say some Japanese word. They know that the language is hard to learn for foreigner and so are very happy when a foreigner does try to at least learn and speak Japanese. If you can say a few words then they will be more willing to help you then if you do not. It’s a matter of honor and by speaking some Japanese you are honoring them, even if it does not feel like it to you. Now here is a few words and what they mean in English. I have been taught these words and they are very common when learning Japanese as well. Also of these words you have also heard in Anime and Manga (which we will talk more about later on)
Most Commonly used Word
Kon-nichiwa means hello and good afternoon. This is a simple and normal greeting when you first meeting with someone for the first rime that day or in the afternoon. It is also a way of answer the phone (at least I say it when I answer the phone sometimes). It’s like when we say hi or hello to someone we see or when we answer the phone. Also when we say good afternoon to someone, though I do not use this (afternoon) part much in English honestly.
Hai means yes. So if you are answering a question with a yes you would say this word.
lie mean no. So if you are answering a question with a no you would say this word.
Arigato means thank you. It is common to use this after being served or when you have gotten information you where requesting from someone. It shows that you are respecting them for taking time out of their schedule to help you.
Sayounara means goodbye. This is a typical word used when you are parting ways from visiting or about to hang up the phone once you are done talking.
Douzo means please. You usually use this when asking a question, such as “can you please help me?” Also when asking for something like. Just use it when you would normally use it in when talking to someone in English.
Eigo means English. This you can use to see if someone speaks English and if they do then you can ask then if you can switch to English if you do not know a lot of Japanese. Many shopkeepers and other in hospitality will usually be happy to switch to help out potential customers or guests.
In conclusion the list of words and phrases I will be list in this “lesson” and in other “lessons” are commonly used and will also help people who plan to go to or are already going or in Japan.