Common Japanese Phrases

Introduction

How to greet on the phone in Japanese

いつもお世話になっております。 Itsumo osewa ni nate orimasu. We appreciate all that you've done for us. One of the relatively few Japanese ...
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Some ways to make excuses and deny rumors

遠慮が無沙汰になってしまいました。 Enryo ga busata ni natte shimaimashita. For fear of intruding I'm afraid I've fallen out of touch. Now and ...
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How to express your doubt in Japanese

何か違うんじゃない。 Nani ka chigau 'n ja nai. Something's not quite right. This is the sort of thing you might say ...
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Japanese phrase for leaving someone’s house

おや、もうこんな時間。 Oya, mō konna jikan. Oh, look at the time! When you visit the home of a friend, it is ...
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Some Japanese phrases to confirm information

念のためにお尋ねしますが …… Nen no tame ni otazune shimasu ga ... Just to make sure I've got this right ... There's ...
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How to express disagreement in business Japanese

おっしゃることはよくわかります。 Ossharu koto wa yoku wakarimasu. I certainly appreciate what you're saying. Even if a client or customer has taken ...
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Some interesting things about Japanese apology

いかなる償いもいたすつもりでございます。 Ikanaru tsugunai mo itasu tsumori de gozaimasu. I'm prepared to do whatever is required to make amends. This short ...
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How to say “Sorry” in Japanese

お騒がせいたしました。 Osawagase itashimashita. I'm sorry about all the fuss. As you might expect in a language that offers so many ...
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How to say “Thank you” in Japanese

ご親切に、助かりました。 Goshinsetsu ni, tasukarimashita. You've been a great help. It was very kind of you. If, as most speakers would ...
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How Japanese people react to praise

お上手ね。Ⓕ Ojouzu ne. You're just being polite. Virtually every student of Japanese encounters the term jouzu (used above, as is ...
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Series


Common Japanese Phrases

Words don't exist as independent units, to be inserted into grammatical slots by a speaker exercising absolute authority over their ...
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All About Japanese Particles

In this book, I propose to clarify the functions of a considerable number of particles, to describe their various usages, ...
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All About Japanese Particles

Introduction

All About Japanese Particles: は (wa)

Note: Wa has several usages, but its basic function is to set off a topic (e.g., of conversation) from the ...
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All About Japanese Particles: が (ga)

I. Indicates the subject of the sentences or, with certain verbs and adjectives, the object. 1. Indicates existence; used with ...
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All About Japanese Particles: も (mo)

Note: See also -te mo (-de mo), #4, and de mo, #5. 1. Indicates that two words are equal in ...
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All About Japanese Particles: ても (でも) -te mo (-de mo)

Note: Here we are concerned with mo in combination with the - te (-de) form of verbs and the -kute ...
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All About Japanese Particles: とは (to wa)

1. Indicates a word or phrase being defined, or for which a defi-nition is being asked. UNとは、国連のことです。 UN to wa, ...
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All About Japanese Particles: でも (demo)

Note: In all usages except no. 6, de mo can be replaced by the more informal datte (not included in ...
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All About Japanese Particles: や (ya)

1. Joins nouns to indicate a non-exhaustive list of items: "such things as, and ... and." Note: Ya implies that ...
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All About Japanese Particles: と (to)

I. Follows nouns; indicates such meanings as "and" and "with," and sets off names. 1. Joins nouns, usually two or ...
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Series


Common Japanese Phrases

Words don't exist as independent units, to be inserted into grammatical slots by a speaker exercising absolute authority over their ...
Read More

All About Japanese Particles

In this book, I propose to clarify the functions of a considerable number of particles, to describe their various usages, ...
Read More