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Beginner's Japanese: Daily Phrases to Travel and Communicate

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      Best out of this course


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      Section1 - 1: Japanese Greetings


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      Section1 - 2 Japanese Greetings


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      Section2 - 1: The Ultimate 3 Phrases


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      Section2 - 2: The Ultimate 3 Phrases


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      Section2 - 3: The Ultimate 3 Phrases


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      Section3 - 1: 9 More Absolutely Useful Phrases


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      Section3 - 2: 9 More Absolutely Useful Phrases


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      Section3 - 3: 9 More Absolutely Useful Phrases


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      Section4: Vocabulary


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      Section5: Kanji Signs


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      Section6: Cultural Tips and Customs


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      Section 7: Self Introduction


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“Beginner's Japanese: Daily Phrases to Travel and Communicate” will cover everything you need to know to travel to Japan and communicate with locals without worrying and mastering the whole language.


It is designed for Japanese beginners to master the greetings, basic phrases and vocabulary, Kanji signs and understand some cultural tips and customs.

You can gain access to dozens of sample phrases that will rapidly improve your understanding of the language.

You can

- Master Japanese greetings in daily life and some ways to respond to questions.

- Acquire 3 ultimate phrases that you must take to Japan.

- Master the most useful phrases that will make you feel secure and confident.

- Acquire vocabulary for travelers: transport, restaurant, shopping, etc.

- Understand some Kanji (Chinese Character) signs you will encounter during in Japan.

- Be familiar with culture and customs: unspoken rules that Japanese people follow.

- Master simple self-introduction skills.


This course is perfect for anyone who is a beginner and knows nothing about Japanese language, or someone who has just started learning it and would love to master some Japanese phrases and vocabulary.

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Mikiko Miki's Japanese

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Hello, I'm Mikiko from Miki's Japanese!

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I was born and raised in Japan and went to Canada for the first time in my 20s.
The reason I decided to go in Canada was because a Canadian teacher came to my English class when I was in junior high school. I was so happy to be able to understand English spoken by a native speaker for the first time, and from there I immersed myself in learning English.

After returning to Japan, I worked as an interpreter for a company and as a university lecturer, and now I teach Japanese to people all over the world on a freelance basis.
I love this job because I am always meeting new people.

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1. Preview: has traveling in Japan being your dream for a long time. Do you love sushi and think someday you want to try the real thing in Japan? Are you interested in wearing the kimono and walking around ancient Kyoto, or are you worried about language? Various. The best way to enjoy your time in Japan without worrying or wasting your valuable time is to master some basic Japanese words and phrases. By taking this course, you can learn basic trouble, words and phrases that you can take with you and use in various situations you will encounter during your stay in Japan. Hi, I'm Vicky. Cocoa. Okay, I'm a teacher and a translator off both Japanese and English. I have taught hundreds of students at universities in companies I have worked abroad and traveled a lot. I understand both culture as well. This girl's will cover everything you need to know to travel Japan without worrying and mustering the whole language. It will include some cultural tips, like important steps to take when going to Japanese hot springs. You will gain access to dozens of sample phrases that will rapidly improve your understanding of the language. This course is perfect for anyone who is a beginner and knows nothing about Japanese language or someone who has just started learning it. And they would love to master. Some Japanese phrases and vocabulary, always and phrases are in here are gonna cada gonna in the Roman alphabet. So sign up today and learn how to navigate yourself around Japan with these essential walls and phrases. 2. Overview: welcome to the course. I'm so excited that you've decided to join me in learning these essential Japanese was and phrases to use in Japan. This course will became by teaching everyday greetings in some ways to respond to questions . Then we're going to go right through the ultimate three phrases. Nine absolutely useful phrases, some travel vocabulary and some konzi signs. Next will learn cultural tips and customs that you need to know to travel without worry. So enjoy the coast and I'll see you on the other side. 3. Best out of this course: in this section, you're going to learn the best way to get the most out of this course to begin with. This course has many phrases and lots of vocabulary. There's those of information that's going to improve your understanding of Japanese. I suggest that you take it one section at a time, going through each section and allowing older new information to be absorbed. Repeat the videos and practice until you feel comfortable using the contents. I have included Pdf's for you to review what you have learned. So practice during the day without the video to gain confidence. So enjoy. And I hope you can get the most out of your course as possible. I'm really excited to help you on this journey. Mustering a central Travel Japanese. 4. Section1 - 1: Japanese Greetings: Welcome to Section one off this course in this section, we're going to learn Japanese greetings in some ways to respond to Christians. Call Need Teoh. Konichiwa is hello or good afternoon in English. Meaty in Konnichiwa means day Colney to, uh is used midday too early Evening now Repeat calm. Need Teoh call Need Teoh gonna need to you up. Eddie got door goes Amos. Adding that, though, is like thanks in English. Adding at though, is used in informal situations such as between friends, family and colleagues. When you say adding a Togo's Amos, you are showing respect. Japanese people are very polite and used Arigato or ariga Togo's. I'm us all the time. This, I think, is the phrase that will help you the most throughout your travel in Japan. Now repeat Adena Gold I e must Adi got, though goes I e must adding at the Gaza must Ohio goes Amos, Ohio means good morning. The formal version of Ohio is Ohio goes on Imus, Ohio is used among friends in people for of similar age. If you are staying in a Dokan, a Japanese style inn, and you meet someone in the whole way in the morning. You say Ohio goes on Imus now repeat. Oh, hi. You're goes. I must Oh, how you goes. I must Ohio goes. I must Kam bam bun in combat. Hauwa means evening. Yes. Combo. Allah means good evening now Repeat. Come Bang. Come back. Com Bama Sumi Masin Sumi Masin means excuse me. It is used in a variety of situations. For example, if you want to ask someone for directions, you start by saying cinema Sen Also, if you accidentally bump into someone you say Sami Muhsin. And if you want to get a raters attention at a restaurant, you say semi Muhsin now Repeat. Sumi Masin. Sumi Muhsin Samy Masin. So you own that up. See you on that up means goodbye. Siona is informal but used in many situations. When you check out and leave a Japanese style inn, the Japanese stuff will see you off by saying say you're not now. Repeat. Sorry you're not so you're not sell you on that? Has your name us stick? The exact translation of hasn a master is we meet for the first time. It is often translated in English as nice to meet you or how do you do Japanese people about when meeting someone For the first time? There is no custom to shake hands now. Repeat, Has he made mushy? Has he may mushy? Dick has You May must stick. 5. Section1 - 2 Japanese Greetings: It added that key HMAS Japanese people say it that I came us before eating Dad Akiyama's means I humbly receive. This comes from Japan's roots in Buddhism, which teaches respect for all living things. Saying it had a Kiemas is destro gratitude for the food you are about to eat. He had that key. Must he had that key Masoud it that that came us it goatee. So samad esta When you finish eating, please say Kotis. Osama Desta by saying goddess Osama desta Japanese people show appreciation for the food and to the person who cooked the meal Goatee So sama dish goatee. So Samad esta God is so Samad esta He did I say he did as shy is set to someone leaving the house. It means please go and come back safely. When someone says he did I cite to you you reply to the person by saying a dickey HMAS meaning I'll go. You will hear this greeting when you stay at Ideo can He did us say e did I say Did I say a key, Massoud A key massive a dickey muss Whaddaya Today I'm a is the greeting for when you come home. It means now I'm back. You will be welcomed by oh, gaiety or Okay, the Nazi pad. I Dad, I You must Oh, car 80. Oh, gaiety. Okay. Oh, guiding a site. Okay, I 80 knots. I Hi. Hi. Is the Japanese word for yes, OK or yes, sir. It is polite. And you can use this in any situation. Hi. Hi. Hi. Yet E a is a polite way of saying no. However, when you want to say no, thank you. In reply to for example, would you like some coffee? E It sounds little blunt and hush Instead, you can say that. Ijo Buddhists dijo boo means That's okay yet yet e the i e. Job this the ijo boot This that you Joe Buddhists. 6. Section2 - 1: The Ultimate 3 Phrases: in this section, you're going to master the ultimate three phrases you must take with you to Japan. Why ultimate? Because thes we will save you time and give you freedom to explore the country in these very useful phrases. I intentionally oh, minute particles to make the sentence easier for you to remember. Please don't worry. Those particles are, um, edible particles owning. I see massive on a nice UMA suit means please. And it is used to ask someone to do something for you owning. I see my suit owning. I see my suit owning. I see must've. Here is the example off on a guy's she must in various situations you will encounter during your trip in a restaurant You want the older little noodles. Please say you don't on their guys See my suit who don't owning eyes he must Dumb owning. I see massive the dome owning ice. You must say the food idm and we'll need a guy Seamus it after. If you can't read the menu don't worry. Point to the food you want and say called it owning eyes she must've caught it means this Call it owning. I see must called it. O neg ie See? Massive quote it Only thing. I seem us at the hotel when checking in. Please. Day They're going owning ice. You must take green means chicken. Take queen O neg. I see. Massive Good in owning. I see massive take green awning ice must If you want to check out, please say tech guru Otto owning. I Seimas check. Goudeau means check out. Take coup Our door owning. I see. Must they go outdoors? Only thing I see. Massive Teoh go out though when they guys you must at the shop. If you want to purchase something, please stay called it O neg. I see massive code. It means this called it O neg. I see. Must calling it O neg. I see. Must calling it on their guys. You must when getting a taxi. If you want to go to Kyoto, then please say Joe. Okay, guys, she must please say your destination first and then owning ice. You must t o owning. I see. Must you're owning. I see Must Kyoto Nagai Seamus 7. Section2 - 2: The Ultimate 3 Phrases: Eddie Muska, Addy mascot means do you have or is there you can say something you're looking for first. Then I d must Scott, for example. You're at the airport and you want to know where the A t m is. You say a t m Addy Muska. That means is there a d m Addy Masuka? Adi Ma Ari Masuka at the hotel. You want to know if they have WiFi? Please say WiFi. Addy Muska. Why fight Addy Masuka? Why you fight Addy Masuka? WiFi Ari Muska. You want to ask if they have a room of a level? Hey at Addy Muska. Hey, At means room. Hey. Yeah. Addy. Massoud. Hey. Yeah, we must Hey, yeah, I d Muska in a restaurant. You're looking at the menu in a restaurant and you want to ask for their recommendation. Also submit Eddie mascot Also cement means recommendation. Also Sumit de masuka also sumit Adi Masuka Also Sumit de Muska 8. Section2 - 3: The Ultimate 3 Phrases: Cocoa Day. Scott. This is another important phrase for traveler cocoa. Discua means where is when you want to know where certain things are. This is the phrase to ask, though called a souca though called a souca no code Esca You were at the hotel or in the street. You want to know where Tokyo station is? You say Tokyo a key. Don't go this car a key means station Tokyo A key. Don't go there Scott Tokyo A key. Thoko this Scott Tokyo A key code Esca You could also point that this donation in the map and say, I know Cody's Scott at the restaurant to ask where the washroom is. Please say go eat it Cocoa Day Scott Japanese people say Koide A for washroom or bathroom. So E dey Thoko this guy to eat it. No code Esca today, Scott 9. Section3 - 1: 9 More Absolutely Useful Phrases: Now you're ready to master nine more absolutely useful phrases with these phrases. You will feel more secure and ready to communicate with Japanese people. E could add Esca e could Esca is used when asking the price off. Something to say. How much is this? Please say Could it He coulda Discua e cuda basica e cuda basica e could add Esca at the seafood market. He good at Discua saying In this it's 1000 yen. None discuss none Desk up means What is to say What is this? Please say Quote it Nandi Esca None day Souca non day souca none Discua Nan Discua Diesel Both out to this Wachati Muster When you understand something you say Well God, he must That breakfast is served from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. What? God! He must stop. Well, Qari must While Gadi must see that What? God, He must stop! Do you know how to get to the Ninja Village while cutie must stop 10. Section3 - 2: 9 More Absolutely Useful Phrases: well, Gadi must end. You can say Wachati, Muhsin. When you don't understand what the person is saying Well, Qadi must end. But Gadi must in Wachati, Muhsin while Gadi Muhsin more Dido on a guy seem us this means well more time please. Mo e Tito means one more time more dg dot o neg I see Must Mori Tedo owning eyes She must've more cto Seimas Slow is you could be so you can say you could eat more Dedeaux o neg. I see. Must you could eat more owning I see massive You could eat more owning I see massive more cto Seimas a go Hannah's a Muska in an emergency or a situation where you would like some help in English Please say ego an essay Muska, You can also say a go That is OBU ego Hana Same Asuka E go Hana! Same Asuka A eagle Hannah Zamesca E go the I e job! Ooh, a go the i e job a go Daddy's obu Sumi Muhsen! Hi, Ego! Hannah's a Muska 11. Section3 - 3: 9 More Absolutely Useful Phrases: TOB A dad A must in if you have any food restrictions. This is the phrase to use. For example, meat is Ni Cook in Japanese so to say I cannot eat meat Please say need good Cabaye today Muhsin habit at a must in PAB Got a must obey today must in dairy products New say king you say him tab today Muhsin, you say rabbit got a My same new stay He Tubby today Muhsin Eggs Time ago Tamargo Tabby Today Muhsin Tom Margo Today Muhsin Time ago today Muhsin So guy Muska Japan has a cash culture You might want to use this phrase Atticus Year Kado It's a guy Massouda kado It's a guy mass Agha Kado sky Muska kado sky Muska e Discua e means good Pyszka indicates a question being asked. So e Discua means is it okay or may I? For example, is it okay if I try this on? She could e d esca She Taku is to try something on e day souca e day souca e de ska sassing pictures Photos sas scene e Discua sassy e day souca Cecin e Discua 12. Section4: Vocabulary: Here is some very useful vocabulary for your trip. Thes will help you communicate more efficiently. Airport related vocabulary. Your course that local means to travel shop means person Your goal shot Yoko Sat You're Causa Nemo Luggage ni mont The more too Nemo. Pass it. Passport past Suitable though past Super Bowl Passport photo Koukal Airports Could you call Koukal? Google Narita Airport is Narita Could go now. These other words that will help you when you stay at you can Japanese style inn old in sin Hot spring Um Sen Oh, um said own scent Japanese style hot spring ins are cold own sin You can Hey, yeah, Room Hey, yeah Hey, yeah Hey, yeah e bucket Staying for one night is E Koop in Japanese E e back dude e cook Staying for to Night Ni haku Me haku ni haku Three nights some back Ooh, Sam Back! Ooh, Sam! Begu till show koot breakfast. So, so good. So, so good. So also, Coop, you still coop dinner. Use joke. Use shock. Use your goop. Japanese worked for the first floor is e chi e chi e guy Second floor Nick I Ni Chi Ni chi Nick I Third floor sung. I, uh gotta eat some got eat Sungai Fourth floor Young kite Your chi your chi young tight fifth floor go chi Go sky Go sky Okay, now let's take a look at some transport for Cavalleri That could see taxi a pack Kusi that goosey taxi that suit thus bass suit Massoud busted tee shot dead subway t god dead too. She got dead, Got that? Then sat train the that, then shot. Then step sing can thing the lettering Si contine Send seeing Contin set seeing dancing Sin line The Yemen know their line Is Yemen noticing the Tokai dough lined Is Tokai dozing Sin sin sin No, de but no debe is where you get on trains, buses and taxis, for example. Kusi No, TBA is where the taxis are waiting for clients that kusi noti back. But soon Otigba No, de but no de but no TBA keep food a ticket t put, Keep put. Keep the Do you see a key? No reserved seat. Do you think he means no reserved seat? Some trains have do you psyche They're less expensive seats and are under first common first choice policy. Do you Seki, Do you see a key? Do you seki? She Day said. Key reserved seat. Some blood drains have Onley reserved two seats. C k e keep she dare e said Key Today, said Key. 13. Section5: Kanji Signs: in Japan, especially in big cities. You will see signs that have English translations like this. However, you will still find some signs like this. Can you guess what it iss In this section you will learn some of thes country signs that are important for your trip. First, a key icky means station. Although most signs in stations have English translations, a key is a good Kanzi to remember when, for example, asking for directions. Ec e ec e If you are hot spring lover, this is the country to remember Oh, don't go means male own That means female Some Wallstrom and old sand signs on Lee have thes characters Oh, Yoko Oh Taco, don't go Oh not oh not In addition to Toyota, Japanese people use case show seeds for washroom or bathroom case show see case show See Too Sure this sign is usually seen at the doors of nomine shops. June B two means the store is not open and is in preparation. Jundi too. Jundi too June Be too If the restaurant is open, the sign a goal to will be shown. It means in business a guilt Teoh a g 02 a go to this sign means no smoking seat Some cafes and restaurants have smoking and no smoking seats. The Kanji king means forbid and Ben in means smoke So King en means known Smoking sicky means seat King in Sicky King in Sicky King and sticky This sign means smoking seat the bullet train In some cafes and restaurants have smoking seats that are usually divided from non smoking areas Key Teoh key to in kids in when you're going into a cafe, a waiter might ask you King in Discua Kids in this Scott smoking or non smoking If you prefer non smoking seats please say King and sicky on their guys Seamus teaching and Zeki owning I seem us king and sicky owning. I see massive king and sticky guys he must your king This sign means fee fair or charge Your king, Your king, Your king If you want to ask how much the fairies please say your king he could add Esca, your king Le e Cuda Jessica, your king Le e coulda basica yoking Ra Gradiska. If you visit temples or shrines in Japan, there will be a sign that says hi Candy. Oh, hi. Condo means admission fee. Hi, Candy. Oh, hi, Candy. Oh, how you can dio 14. Section6: Cultural Tips and Customs: When I first traveled to Canada, I was introduced to one of the local customs there. That custom was holding doors for the people behind you. In this section, I will teach you some cultural tips and customs for when you travel to Japan. Japan is a country of hospitality, and people are respectful to each other. For example, Japanese people give up their trays seeds to someone in need. Don't talk loud or talk to someone on the phone on the bus or trains and offer or see body a warm, wet wipe the guests at restaurants. There are some unspoken rules that people follow in this section. I will talk about five rules and tips for you to remember when traveling in Japan. Tip number one Bell bobak Bowing is deeply ingrained in Japanese culture during a travel, please try to about in the following situations. When you are saying hello or goodbye to someone thanking someone apologizing to someone and asking someone for a favor, you will see so much bowing while you were in Japan. Please bow back if someone bows to you. Tip number two No tipping. There is basically no tipping in Japan. You're not expected to tip at restaurants, hotels, taxis and so on. If you think this would lead to you bad customer service, you are wrong. Japan is a country of hospitality, and the service is consistently outstanding. Tip number three. Take off your shoes. Please remember to take off your shoes when you are entering a Dukan, or when you enter your room in a neocon and someone else's house, you are sometimes asked to take off your shoes at temples and restaurants. Did the number of four hot springs please follow the next steps when taking a public bath or going to a hot spring? Number one. Take off all your clothes in the changing room and placed them into a basket with your vast owl. Japanese hot springs are enjoyed naked. Swimming suits are not allowed in most places. Number two. You can bring a small towel to the bathing area so you could cover yourself with this towel . Please keep the towel out of the water. Once you enter the bath, number three. Before entering the best. Please sit at the washing area and wash or rinse your body. Number four. Enter the best and enjoy number five. When you are going back to the changing room, please make sure to wash and dry yourself. Dip number five when receiving. If someone pours you sake or beer while gives you a present or business card, please make sure to receive these things with two hands to show respect. 15. Section 7: Self Introduction: In this bonus section, you can practice some very simple self introduction phrases. Enjoy. First, you're going to say your name and nice to meet you. You start with. Has he? May must. We learned this at 16 1 Has he? May must. It has. You may must then say, but that's you. Uh, best this simply replaced Beth with your name. So if you are Chris, say what that's you at. Could he sit this? But that's you, Uh, Coody suit this, But that's you, Uh, Beth this. But that's you at this. This next you're going to say where you are from. Can not that cut up? He must that again replaced Canada with your country. For example. If you are from the us, then say, um maybe got cut up. He must That a medic up means us caught up means from Kannada. He must see that Kana Kana. He must see that. Can I? That got you must. Now you go up. She day. Must I'm a traveling Yoko means travel. What? The electorate indicates the object off the action. She there a message means you are doing something. Yoko. See their e must Yoko. She there. He must've you go stay message. Then you will say where you're going and where you have been. Your photo, Dogo it It's a must. I'm going to Kyoto and Tokyo again. Replace Kyoto and Tokyo with where you are visiting E key. My suit means I'll go talk. Means and head indicates the destination. Your talk. Talk your e g Must've your daughter Tokyo It e t muscle Your photo. Tokyo It Icky message. Kinka. Cozier de mess that I visited Kinka. Cozy Temple. Sikkim. Asta means I visited. If you have visited Kamina demo, then say Comey not Eamonn de must stop King Jacuzzi. It e must see that key. Kaku Z It e g must see that Kinka Cozier Dimas that lastly the home. It's a Cruciatus Japan is beautiful. It's a Cassie means beautiful. You can replace me. Hung was whatever you think is beautiful, for example Still does. But Kyoto is beautiful. King cocoons. You, uh Kinka Cozy temple is beautiful. Me home. What took cushy desert me home? Qiushi, The home. It's a Cruciatus 16. Conclusion: congratulations on completing the course. Learning a new language takes huge effort, and I'm incredibly proud that you've managed to complete the entire course. I hope you've gotten a lot out of it in the upcoming months. I will be adding additional extras for you so that you can continually improve your Japanese. And if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me through the Q and a section at you. Timmy, I give personal lessons for travelers and provide great tours. So please visit my website, sign up and stay in touch. So again, congratulations. I hope you've enjoyed it and enjoy using your Japanese.