Monday, November 13, 2006

Most heard Japanese words in Japan

arikato, arikato gosaimasu and Thou arikato gosaimasu are Thanks, Thank you and Thank you very respectively in English are Japanese words most pronounced among Japanese people.

Sumi masen means excuse me; you need to know this to get japanese attention during the busy hours train journey to get way for you. Not only that for many places like asking for a path or information from a station master you can use sumi masen as sorry or excuse me.
Thou chou means Sorry; you can use this instead sumi masen too. Based on location you can change between sumimasen and Thou chou.

‘Hai’ and ‘So’ in Japanese means yes in English. Some times when a person next to me says hi to somebody takes my attention as I used hi for different purpose don’t we?

‘iie’ in Japanese means no in English, the pronunciation of nei is similar to saying nai in Hindi language.

‘Ah So’ means Is it what sounds to me.

‘Mush mushi’ is another word used very commonly while attending a phone call, this means hello in English.

Adding ‘ne’ in the end of conversation soften the phrase, hence you can hear sentences ending with the sound ‘ne’ very frequently.

Rey, ichi, ni, san , shi, go are zero, one, two, three, four and five in English

Sore wa - this is

Kore wa - that is
(These were corrected spellings by anonymous person, the original comment could be found in the comments section.)

Sayonara is used to say Good bye in Japanese

Othskare Samidesu is widely used to say work has finished, leaving for the day etc. You can see people saying this while coming out of toilet, after smoke, after work leaving home and even after food or tea.

Ohaio Gosaimasu says Good morning, if you look at some of the phrases the Gosaimasu will be prefixed. It is nothing but a word for wish.

Konnichiwa means Good day

Kombawa or Konbawa means Good evening

Othachiwa means I am when you wanted to say I’m Siva(replace with your name), you need to say Othachiwa Siva desu. Looking at this you would have found desu is prefixed to make the proper form of saying I’m Siva in Japanese.

Yoi sumatsuwo ne; the sentence says that Happy weekend to you. Sumatsu means week and sumantsuwo means weekend. Yoi should be happy and ne to soften the phrase.

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Anonymous said...

Hi Sivakumar...

Just wanna comment on your spelling... You mispelled Sayonara as Sayanora... It could lead some1 else who doesn't know the Japanese language to wrongly used the word...

Cheers... (^_^)

Sivakumar said...

Hi Ferry,

Thanks for pointing the mistake, I have corrected the same.

Its plesure to me having you on here

Deepa said...

I keep checking your blog. Keep up the good work. We can know about the culture and lifestyle and now the language too.

Sivakumar said...

Well, check this page often I've started updating it now.

Anonymous said...

Good Keep Up writing about japanese words etc on a routine basis as a foot note like --- Sundaram

Anonymous said...

Hey, nice of you to make things like this, more spelling mistakes.

You wrote Soreva and Koreva as that is this is.

With all due respect, its actually
Sore wa and Kore wa, two separate words, where sore and kore just means this and that and the wa is the particle used for *is*

Sivakumar said...

Hi thanks for pointing the mistakes out. Actually all of the words written here are those I have heared. However I was trying to give a symbolic form of what I have heared, hence the spelling mistakes.

I'm glad and always there to correct if anyone makes it out.

Anonymous said...

very sorry but you have way too many spelling mistakes for this to even be posted, you should find out the correct spelling befor you post.

Arikathou = arigato
ichi, ni, san , shi, go = 1,2,3,4,5.

hai =yes
iie = no
many many more mistakes

Anonymous said...

also it is
konban wa = good evening
ohayoo = goodmorning

Othachiwa is not a word, i think you mean watashi wa = i am,

Sivakumar said...

I have corrected the mistakes pointed, please feel free to point all the issues so I can make the corrections.