If you are going on a trip to Japan and don’t have time to learn to speak (you leave tomorrow), here are a list of Japanese words that should help you find the train and let someone know you are hungry. They won’t allow you too have even a basic conversation, you’ll need a lot more words for that, but they will allow you to take care of your very basic needs.
1. Doko (どこ)-where
2. Ikitai (いきたい) -I want to go to
3. Sumimasen (すみません)-Sorry, excuse me。
4. Ikura (いくら)-How much
5. Otearai (おてあらい)-Bathroom
6. Arigatou (ありがとう)-Thank you
7. Byouin (びょういん)-Hospital
8. Tabetai (たべたい)-Want to eat
9. Nomitai (のみたい)-Want to drink
10. Eigo (えいご)-English?
You can find the original list with descriptions and details at Japanese Words.
I also recommend that you take some tools with you. One great (and free) one is Imiwa for the Iphone. It is a complete dictionary and will allow you to look up a lot more words. It also shows you the common Japanese words first. You can find it in the Apple App store.
Another great dictionary for Japanese is jisho.org. It’s available online and contains a lot of example sentences and ways to look up Japanese characters.
Please feel free to leave any comments about other words you feel should be added to the list?
DO you speak any other languages. What 10 words would you recommend for those languages?