During The Olympic Games we don’t want you confusing your ‘hellos’ with your ‘goodbyes’ or for you to get puzzled by Japan’s beautiful language – we want you to be as prepared as possible when out and about exploring Tokyo.
Not only will the Japanese people appreciate it, but you will have more confidence to order an iced tea instead of a taxi! So, to help, we have put together these useful phrases for you to get your tongue around.

Greeting phrases in Japanese

Hello
こんにちわ Kon-nichiwa

Good morning
お早うございます Ohayo Gozai-masu

Goodbye
さようなら Sayo-nara

Goodnight
おやすみなさい Oyasumi-nasai

Please
どうぞ Dozo

Sorry
ごめんなさい Gomen-nasai

Good
いい yoi

Thank you very much
ありがとうございます Ariga-toh gozai-masu

Thanks/Thank you
ありがとう Ariga-toh

No thank you (I’m fine)
結構です Kekkoh-desu

Excuse me
すみません Sumima-sen

Yes
はい Hai

No
いいえ ih-yeh

My name is…
私の名前は… Watashi-no namae wa--

Nice to meet you
はじめまして Hajime-mashiteh

What is your name?
あなたの名前は Anata-no-namae wa

Sorry, I don’t understand
ごめんなさい、わかりません Gomen-nasai. Wakari-masen

I understand
わかります Wakari-masu

Please speak slowly
ゆっくりはなして下さい Yukkuri-hanashite-kudasaih

Do you speak English?
英語話せますか Eiwo Hanse-masuka

Direction phrases in Japanese

I/We want to go to… - Ni Ikitai-desu

Bar - Bar

Restaurant - Restaurant

Pharmacy - Kusuri-ya

Hospital - Byoh-in

Bank - Ginkoh

Convenience store - Kon-bini

Post Office - Yuh-bin-kyoku

Restroom/toilet - Toilet

Supermarket - Suh-pah

Airport - Kuh-Koh

Train station – Eki

Emergency phrases in Japanese

Help - Tasukete

I am lost - Mayotte-masu

Fire - Kaji

Call an ambulance - Kyu-kyu sha wo yonde-kudasai

Call the police - Keisatsu wo yonde-kudasai

Doctor - Isha

Hospital - Byohin

Pharmacy - Kusuri-ya

Embassy - Taishi-kan

Drinking phrases in Japanese

Cheers - Kan-pai

Bon appetit - Itadaki-masu

Water - Mizu

Coffee - Coffee

English tea - Kohcha

Green tea - Ryokucha

Hot tea - Atata-kai ocha

Iced tea - Tsume-tai ocha

Draft beer - Nama bih-ru

Bottled beer - Bin bih-ru

Please can I have a beer? - Beer Kudasaie

Sake - Sak

Red wine - Aka Wine

White wine - Shiro Wine

Cocktail – Cocktail

Transport phrases in Japanese

Train - Ressha

Subway - Chika-tetsu

Bus - Bus

Bullet train - Shinkansen

Flight - Flight

Ticket - Ticket

Transfer - Transfer

Reserved seat - Shitei seki

Last train - Saishu ressha

Local train - Kaku eki ressha

Express train - Kyukoh

Taxi - Taxi

Please can you call me a taxi? - Taxi wo Yonde Kudasai

One way - Kata-michi

Round-trip - Oh-fuku

Standard class - Futsuu-sha

Green car (first class) - Green-sha

Which train? - Dono ressha