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Cool Phrases in Japanese

NEW: Read the hints & tips I used to get fluent in Japanese.

Learning to speak Japanese is very easy! The problem is that most textbooks tell you the sort of formal, boring stuff that, quite frankly, nobody really uses! So on this page I'm going to teach you some cool little words and phrases that'll have almost  any Japanese person telling you how good you are!


Click "next" on the animation below and move over the Japanese characters to hear them pronounced.

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Here are some Japanese phrases from the animation:


"Kawaii" means "cute". But everything in Japan seems to be  cute! Use it for everything from mobile phones, to telling your friends how cute their kids are!


"Suki" means "like", and is pronounced similar to  the winter sport. If you say it like a question, it means "Do you like this?". Your answer can be a  "suki", meaning "Yes, I do!". Or try "karaoke, suki?" meaning "Do you like karaoke?"


"O i shi i " means "delicious". If you taste something nice, either food or drink, simply say "oishii" to give it your seal of approval! It can often be heard on TV cookery programmes!



"Su go i" simply means "cool"! When someone shows you something, they do something great or you find something particularly cool, simply say "Sugoi"! It's easy! 



Or click here for more details on the Learn Japanese Numbers Page.


Learning to Read Japanese


Learning to speak Japanese is very easy because if you write it in the Roman Alphabet (so it looks like English!), the sounds are pretty much the same!

But if you learn the 46 letters of the Japanese "Katakana" alphabet, you'll be able to read a whole lot more! Try this talking page or the 4 katakana games to get an idea!

Move your mouse over the symbols below and you'll be able to hear the sounds, and some of the characters available in Japanese!



Recommended Courses

There are loads of great resources out there, and one of the good ones is the "Pimsleur" series. They have a "Quick & Simple" starter pack and also a full on "Gold Course". They are well recommended if you want to learn Japanese, in January I used it to learn everyday Spanish in a month!

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Or for slightly cheaper, but one that requires a bit more work, you can have a look at the Living Language series. Although now I would prefer the Pimsleur course above, I actually used the Living Language series myself when I first learnt Japanese. It's good, but you have to keep repeating and repeating the same CDs, whereas the Pimsleur makes you think more, and reviews the language as you go along.


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If you teach English in Japan you might be interested in my new Classroom English / Classroom Japanese CD.




All the Japanese on this page is suitable for either guys or girls, and is pretty normal, everyday Japanese. This means it's not too formal, but you'll be fine as long as you don't say it to anyone too posh!

Read the hints & tips I used to get fluent in Japanese.

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Richard

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