This article is here to help you ease you some language barrier hassle if you are travelling to Japan. Before you read on, some of you might think that learning the language of the country you are travelling to is not necessary. Well, that’s not wrong.
In recent years, English words were included on signboards to cater to the tourists’ needs. There are English translation of signboards at train stations, shopping malls, and even in the menu of some restaurants. Now, there is even English-speaking staff at shopping malls that you could approach if you need help. But despite all these conveniences, you actually miss out conversing with the locals in their native language.
Travel can be more than just sightseeing, food, and cultural experiences – if you want. Don’t miss out talking to the locals just because you don’t speak Japanese. In fact, if they know you put in the effort to learn their language, they will appreciate it. As Nelson Mendela puts it, ‘If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.’
Feeling motivated to learn a new language now? Let’s learn some simple Japanese greetings!
Nice to meet you (when meeting people for the first time)
Ogenki desu ka?
How are you?
Onamae wa nan desu ka?
What is your name?
Hajimemashite. Watashi no namae wa Siti desu. Douzo yoroshiku onegai shimasu.
Nice to meet you. My name is Siti. Pleased to meet you today.
Eigo wa dekimasu ka.
Can you speak English?
Sayonara. Jaa mata.
Goodbye. See you again.
Here is the vocabulary list that will help you to understand the meaning of words from the phrases above.
Don’t worry too much about whether you can get the pronunciation correct or not. Just keep practising as for now. Practice makes perfect! So these are some very basic Japanese that will help you start a simple conversation with a local. Now it’s your job to learn the pronunciation and remember the meaning of the words!