Basic Japanese Words

Here are some Japanese words for meeting and greeting people, so that you can be polite in any new situation. You'll soon be able to hold your own in any social situation.

はい

Hai

Yes

いいえ

iie

No

おねがい します

Onegai shimasu.

Please.

こんにちわ

Konnichiwa

Hello / Good day

おはよう ございます

Ohayō gozaimasu

Good morning

はじめまして

Hajimemashite

Nice to meet you (for the first time)

もしもし

Moshi moshi

“Hello?” (greeting on the phone)

すみません

Sumimasen

Excuse me (formal)

ありがとう

Arigatō

Thank you

ごめんなさい

Gomennasai

Sorry (polite)

More Japanese words & vocabulary

Here are some great lessons that will help you learn a whole bunch of basic Japanese words for things. Even if you can't make a complete sentence in Japanese, these Japanese words will help you to get your ideas across.

There's tons of free content including word lists, English translations, step-by-step explanations, and the amazing Rocket Record voice comparison technology to make sure your pronunciation is perfect. All you need to be understood in any Japanese situation.

You'll also get some great tips on how to count, tell the time, and recognize the days of the week in Japanese. With these skills you'll soon be on your way to making appointments, and keeping them. That means you'll be able to look after business, book a table, or get your hair done confident that you'll get there on time.

Polite Japanese words

Learn how to say "thank you" in Japanese, "excuse me", "sorry", and use other polite Japanese words and phrases with confidence. 

Colors in Japanese
Colors are some of the words you’ll utilize most when speaking Japanese. You’ll be surprised how often you use color words to describe things on a daily basis. After this lesson you’ll be a master of the colors in Japanese! 

Food in Japanese
Learn how to say food in Japanese along with some of the most common words for food items in Japanese which are sure to get your mouth watering. Let's tuck in to this lesson!

Seasons & Months of the Year in Japanese
Do you know the Japanese words for the seasons and months of the year? You will after this free online lesson! Whether you’re traveling in Japan, or having a conversation with native Japanese speakers, these are useful words to know.

If you want more on Japanese words then check these out!

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