Signs in Japanese
After this free lesson you’ll avoid potential embarrassment and frustration by understanding signs in Japanese! Knowing these useful Japanese words will ensure you’ll never walk into the wrong restroom, light up in a no-smoking area, or have your car towed from a no-parking spot.
Most of the time you’ll probably only need to recognize the written Japanese phrase, but we’ve included audio so you can listen to the Japanese pronunciation. This way you’ll be able to ask if something is open or closed, or more importantly, on sale!
Let's begin this free audio lesson on signs in Japanese!
How to pronounce signs in Japanese
おんな / じょし
女 / 女子
Onna / Joshi
おとこ / だんし
男 / 男子
Otoko / Danshi
かいてん / えいぎょう ちゅう
開店 / 営業中
Kaiten / Eigyō chū
The opening hours
When you buy food in a supermarket and don’t intend to eat it straight away it might pay to check the ‘best before date’ to avoid nasty surprises…
The best before date
…まで に おめし あがり ください
…made ni omeshi agari kudasai
Most restaurants have a smoking and a non- smoking area. There is a big discussion in Japan at the moment over whether to ban smoking in public buildings altogether. In the meantime it might be helpful to learn what “Kin-en” means.
The smoking area
The non-smoking area
Sometimes you will see big bright colored signs in nearly every store window. There must be a sale on…
That’s it for this lesson. I hope you had fun!
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