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Helpful Phrases in Japanese

Phrase Pronunciation
Good morning O Ha Yoh Oa hA Yoah
Good afternoon Kon Nichi wa KON NeechEE wA
Good evening Kon Ban wa KON bAAn wA
Can I help you? Nani ka itashima shyoh ka nanee kA Itahima shiyoah kA
I don't speak Japanese Watashi wa Nihongo ga hanase masen waTAshe wA niHango ga hanasae masen
I will get someone who speaks Japanese Dareka Nihongo no hanaseru hito wo mitsuke masu daraeka niHango no hanasaeru heeto wo mitsooke maasu
Someone will call you Dareka ga anata ni denwa shi masu daraeka ga anAta ne daenwA shi maasu
Please doh zo doah zoa
Write down your telephone number Anata no denwa bangoh wo kaite kudasai anAta no daenwA banGOH wo kayiTe kudas Ai
Please follow me Watashi ni tsuite kite kudasai waTAshe ni TSlueeTE keetae kudas Ai
Please wait a moment Sukoshi matte kudasai Sukoshe mAttae kudasAi
I am sorry Sumimasen sumee mAsen
Thank you very much dohmo arigatoh Doahmo areeGAToh
It is free O kane wa kakari masen Oh kanae wa kuh-kari mAsen
Fill out this form, please Kono yoshi ni kinyu-u shite kudasai kono yoshi nee kinyou - u shetae kudasAi
What is your name? Anata no namae wa nan desuka? anATA no nAmae wa nan daesuka
What is your address? Anata no jyu-ushyo wa doko desuka? anATA no jiyoo-ushiyo wa?

Capitalized letters in pronunciation column denote syllables that need to be stressed.

Prepared by Brenda Dervin, March 1989, for CORE WORKSHOP ON IMPROVING REFERENCE SERVICE TO ASIANS.

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