Survival Japanese for Rugby Fans

Survival Japanese for Rugby Fans

Knowing the basics can go a long way into winning over the locals and getting the most of out of your trip.


The basics

English

Japanese

Sounds like

Good morning

Ohayo gozaimasu

o-high-yo goz-eye-mas

Hello/Good afternoon

Konnichiwa

ko-knee-chi-wah

Good evening

Konbanwa

kon-ban-wah

See you later

Ja-ne

jah-ne

Farewell (i.e. I won’t see you for a long time)

Sayonara

sigh-yo-na-ra

Thank you (casual)

Arigato

ari-gah-toe

Thank you (formal)

Arigato gozaimasu

ari-gah-toe goz-eye-mas

Yes (also said to show you’re listening)

Hai

high

No

Iie

ee-yay

Excuse me

Sumimasen

soo-me-mah-sen

I understand

Wakarimasu

wah-ka-ree-mah-soo

I don’t understand

Wakarimasen

wah-ka-ree-ma-sen

Where’s the toilet?

Toire wa doko desu ka?

toy-ray-wa-doh-koh-des-ka

Meeting people

English

Japanese

Sounds like

How are you?

O-genki desu ka?

oh-gen-key-des-kah

Nice to meet you

Hajimemashite

hah-gee-meh-ma-shi-teh

I’m from (country)

_____ kara kimashita

____ kara-key-mash-tah

Argentina

Australia

England

Fiji

France

Georgia

Ireland

Italy

Namibia

New Zealand

Russia

Samoa

South Africa

Scotland

Tonga

Uruguay

USA

Wales

Aruzenchin

Ōsutoraria

Igirisu

Fiji

Furansu

Joojia

Airurando

Itaria

Namibia

Nyujiirando

Roshia

Samoa

Minami-afurika

Sukottorando

Tonga

Uruguai

Amerika

U~ēruzu

aru-zen-chin

oo-su-to-rah-ria

igi-ree-soo

fi-ji

fu-ran-soo

joe-ji-a

ai-ru-ran-do

eat-aria

namibia

new-jii -ran-do

ro-shiah

sa-mo-ah

minami-afurikah

sue-kotto-ran-do

ton-gah

you-roo-guai

ame-ri-ka

u-ay-ruzu

I love rugby

Rugby ga daisuki desu

ragbee-gah-dye-soo-key-des

In a shop/restaurant

English

Japanese

Sounds like

Please

Kudasai

koo-dah-sigh

One beer please

Biiru o kudasai

bee-roo-o-koo-dah-sigh

Do you have an English menu?

Eigo no menu arimasu ka?

ay-go-no-menu-ari-mas-kah

I’m vegetarian/vegan

Watashi wa vegetarian/vegan desu

wah-ta-she-wah-be-je-ta-ri-an/bee-gan des

I don’t eat  ___

meat

pork

fish

wheat

____ o tabemasen

Niku

Buta niku

Sakana

Komugi

_____ tah-bay-mas-en

knee-koo

boo-ta-knee-koo

sah-ka-nah

koh-moo-ghee

I’m allergic to _____

soy

nuts

fish

seafood

___ arrerugi ga arimasu

Daizu

Nattsu

Sakana

Shii-fuudo

_____ a-reh-roo-ghee a-ree-mas

dye-zoo

nat-sue

sah-kah-nah

she-foo-dough

A seat for two

Futari desu

fuh-taa-rii de-soo

Is smoking allowed here?

Kitsuen dekimasuka?

key-tsu-en dei-ki-mah-soo-kah

No smoking table, please

Kinen-seki kudasai

keen-en seh-key-koo-dah-sigh

On the street

English

Japanese

Sounds like

Where is the _____?

stadium

train station

bathroom

___ wa doko desu ka?

Sutajiamu

Eki

Toire

wah-doe-koh-des-ka

soo-ta-gee-amoo

eh-key

toy-ray

How much is this?

____ ikura desu ka?

ee-koo-rah-des-kah

What time is it?

Ima nan-ji desu ka?

ee-ma-nan-gee-des-kah

In a bar

English

Japanese

Sounds like

Cheers! (for making toasts)

Kanpai!

cam-pie

Let’s do shots (informal)

Shotto de iko

shot-toe deh ee-koh

Make it strong (when ordering a drink)

Tsuyome de onegaishimasu

tsu-you-mee deh o-negai-shi-mas

Make it weak

Yowame de onegaishimasu

yoh-wa-mee deh o-negai-shi-mas

I’m drunk

I’m very drunk

Yocchatta

Kekko yocchatta

yoh-chat-tah
kekkoh yoh-chat-tah

I’m too drunk and I need help

Yopparai sugite tasuke ga hitsuyo

yoh-par-eye suug-ee-teh tah-soo-keh gah hee-tsu-yoh

Check please

Okaikei wo onegaishimasu

oh-kai-kay-o-onay-guy-shi-mas

Can you call me a cab, please

Takushi o yonde kudasai

takushii oh yon-day

Where am I?

Watashi wa doko ni iru

wah-tah-shi wa doe-koh knee-ee-roo

At a match

English

Japanese

Sounds like

Keep it up

Ganbare

gan-barr-ay

You can do it

Ganbette ne

gan-bat-tay-nay

Shoot

Shoot-o

shoe-toe

Kick

Kikk-u

key-koo

Score/goal

Goooru

go-ru

Good pass/move

Nice play

nai-su-pu-ray

Oh, crap

Kuso

koo-so


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