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Common Words & Phrases

beginner Japanese vocabulary

These words and expressions are useful when greeting friends daily.

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Language Words

英語

eigo

English

日本語

nihongo

Japanese (language)

日本

nihon

Japan

Question Words



nani

what

これは何?

kore wa nani?

What's this?

だれ

dare

who

だれですか?

dare desu ka?

Who is that?

いつ

itsu

when

いつきますか?

itsu kimasu ka?

When will (you) come?

どこ

doko

where

店はどこですか?

mise wa doko desu ka?

Where is the store?

どう

dou

how

ピザはどうですか?

piza wa dou desu ka?

How about pizza?
(or you could be asking, "How is your pizza?")

どうして

doushite

why

どうして行きませんでしたか?

doushite ikimasen deshita ka?

Why didn't you go?

 

People Words

日本人

nihon jin

Japanese (person)

アメリカ人

amerika jin

American (person)

カナダ人

kanada jin

Canadian (person)

イギリス人

igirisu jin

English (person)

オーストラリア人

o-sutoraria jin

Australian (person)

韓国人

kankoku jin

Korean (person)

中国人

chuugoku jin

Chinese (person)

 

Pronouns



watashi

I, me

私の

watashi no

my

あなた

anata

you

あなたの

anata no

your (possessive)

私たち

watashi tachi

we; us

私たちの

watashi tachi no

our; ours (plural possessive)

あなたたち

anata tachi

you (plural)

あなたたちの

anata tachi no

yours (plural possessive)



kare

he; him

彼の

kare no

his (possessive)

彼女

kanojo

she; her

彼女の

kanojo no

her; hers (possessive)

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deepspace55's picture

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question please answer me thank you

hi guys, i have a question please in "eigo" the "go" sounds actually like a "no" do we pronouced it "go" or "no". please answer me thank you very much .

squarezebra's picture

its actually neither

Its a nasal 'g' which is a little different to the way we pronounce go. If you want to be understood though, ei-GO would be fine, but ei-NO would be confusing.

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thank you for your reply, i just got started and i am learning by my self,so i get stuck sometimes. thanks a lot for the information. take care

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