Japanese Expressions

This Japanese audio lesson is full of useful Japanese expressions that will help you blend in with the locals! After this lesson you'll know a range of common Japanese phrases to use when socializing with Japanese people.

Whether you want to wish someone well or apologize for standing on their toes, this Japanese language lesson is the one for you. Listen carefully to the Japanese pronunciation and practice speaking aloud until you feel confident.

Pronouncing Japanese expressions

ごきげんよう!

御機嫌よう!

Gokigenyō!

All the best!

がんばって!

頑張って!

Ganbatte!

Good luck!

たのしんで ね!

楽しんでね!

Tanoshinde ne!

Have fun!

たくさんの あい を こめて!

たくさんの愛をこめて !

Takusanno ai o komete!

Lots of love!

よい たび を!

良い旅を!

Yoi tabi o!

Have a good trip!

いってらっしゃい!

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Itterasshai!

Bon voyage!

おしょくじ を おたのしみ ください!

お食事をお楽しみ下さい!

Oshokuji o otanoshimi kudasai!

Enjoy your meal!

かんぱい!

乾杯!

Kanpai!

Cheers! / Good health!

きみに さちあれ!

君に幸あれ!

Kimini sachiare!

Be lucky!

よくやった!

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Yokuyatta!

Well done!

き を つけて!

気をつけて!

Ki o tsukete!

Take care! (casual)

おだいじに!

お大事に!

Odaijini!

Take care! (formal)

…より ごたこう を いのって

…よりご多幸を祈って

…yori gotakō o inotte

Best wishes from…

…に さちあれ

…に幸あれ

…ni sachiare

Best wishes to…

おめでとう!

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Omedetō!

Congratulations!

ようこそ!

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Yōkoso!

Welcome!

おきのどく です

お気の毒です

Okinodoku desu

With sympathy

おたんじょうび おめでとう!

お誕生日おめでとう!

Otanjōbi omedetō!

Happy Birthday!

おだいじに!

お大事に!

Odaijini!

Bless you!

たのしい きゅうか を!

楽しい休暇を!

Tanoshii kyūka o!

Have a nice vacation!

イースター おめでとう!

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Īsutā omedetō!

Happy Easter!

メリー クリスマス!

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Merī kurisumasu!

Merry Christmas!

あけまして おめでとう!

明けましておめでとう!

Akemashite omedetō!

Happy New Year!

Let’s review how to apologize again. Here are some easy ways to apologize in Japanese:

ごめん なさい!

御免なさい!

Gomen nasai!

Sorry!

すみません!

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Sumimasen!

Excuse me!

If you are in a more formal setting, try these instead:

もうしわけ ありません

申し訳ありません

Mōshiwake arimasen

My apologies (formal)

しつれい しました

失礼しました

Shitsurei shimashita

I'm sorry (polite)

If someone stepped on your toes and apologized you might want to say…

だいじょうぶ!

大丈夫!

Daijōbu!

It's okay! / No worries!

That's all for today! The next time you need an expression or need to apologize try using the ones you've learned today.

Here are a few recommended Japanese lessons to try next!

Sayōnara!

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Sayaka Matsuura
Rocket Japanese


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