USEFUL JAPANESE PHRASES TO HELP YOU SURVIVE YOUR LESSONS

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Attempting to communicate with Japanese (or any foreign) students can be a bit tricky. There will be a number of barriers that will hinder the understanding and the flow of communication: heavy accents, poor listening skills, limited vocabulary, etc., and the process can be particularly frustrating if your student is a beginner who can barely understand the basic instructions. Keeping this in mind, we’ve made a list of useful Japanese phrases that will help you survive your class without tearing your hair out.

 

Nice to meet you, my name is … Hajimemashite, watashiwa … desu.
Pleased to meet you. Yoroshiku onegaishimasu.
What’s your name?/ May I know your name, please? Anata no namae wo oshiete kudasai.
All right then, let me introduce myself first. Soredewa saisho ni watashi no jikoshoukai wo shimasu.
Is it okay if you introduce yourself as well? Anata no jikosyoukai wo onegaishimasu.
Can you hear me? Kikoemasuka?
Yes, I can. Hai, kikoemasu.
No, I can’t. Iie, kikoemasen.
Can you see me? Watashi ga miemasuka?
I will write it in chat. Chat ni kakimasu.
Please write it in the chat box Chat ni kaitekudasai.
Why do you want to study English? Doushite eigo wo benkyou shitaino desuka?
What aspect/s of the English language do you want to focus on? Eigono donobubun wo benkyou shitai desuka?
One more time, please. Mouichido onegaishimasu.
Your pronunciation is good. Hatsuon ga iidesune.
Let’s practice the pronunciation. Hatsuon no renshuu wo shimashou.
Is there anything that you didn’t understand? Nanika wakaranai tokoro ga arimasuka?
Is there any vocabulary that you don’t understand? Nanika wakaranai tango ga arimasuka?
Do you understand? Wakarimasuka?
Yes, that’s right. Hai, sono tooridesu.
You’re a fast learner. Rikai ga hayai desune.
You did well. / Very good. Yoku dekimashita.
Okay then, Can we proceed to the next part? Soredewa tsugini susunde iidesuka?
I’m sorry, but I don’t understand Japanese very well. Moushiwakearimasen. Nihongono imiga yokuwakarimasen.
I can’t speak Japanese. Watashi wa nihongo wo hanasukoto ga dekimasen.
I think it’s time to call it a day. Jikan ni narimashita node kyouno lesson wa korede owarimasu.
Well then, see you soon in my class. Soredewa mata chikai uchini o aishimashou.
Thank you so much for today. Kyouwa hontou ni arigatou gozaimashita.
Long time no see. Ohisashiburi desu.
How are you? Ogenki desuka?
I’m fine. Watashi wa genki desu.
How are you doing? Choushiwa doudesuka?
What did you do today? Kyouwa naniwo shimashitaka?
Are you busy with your work? Shigotowa isogashiidesuka?
Do you have any news? Nanika news wa arimasenka?
You’re getting good at English. Eigo ga totemo umakunarimashita ne
Please take care of yourself. Karada ni ki o tukete kudasai.
How is the weather in Japan? Nihon no tenkiwa dou desuka?
Please try to say it in English. Eigo de itte mite kudasai.
What is your favorite food?) Tabemono wa nani ga suki desuka?
Please go ahead./ Please feel free. Hai, douzo.

 

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