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Japanese Phrases All Parents Should Know

Japanese Phrases All Parents Should Know

2020-03-18
While many non-Japanese speakers living in Japan pick up some of the most common phrases pretty quickly (how many times a day do you say “arigatou gozaimasu” or “sumimasen?”), there are a lot of things most of us don’t know how to say. And when you’re a parent, being able to effectively communicate is important. Whether you’re traveling around the city with your children or are dealing with a medical issue or emergency, you’ll need to have some key Japanese phrases in your back pocket.
 
We’ve rounded up some of the most important Japanese words and phrases every parent should know. Read below and remember them for the future!
 
I don’t understand
わかりません = Wakarimasen
 
Once again, please (“Repeat that”)
もう一度お願いします = Mou Ichido Onegai Shimasu
 
Can you speak English?
英語を話せますか = Eigo wo Hanasemasu ka
 
Is English OK?
英語でもいいですか?= Eigo demo, ii desu ka?
 
Where is ....
 ...はどこですか? = ..Doko Desuka? 
 
Up, Down, Right, Left
うえ、した、みぎ、ひだり= Ue, Shita, Migi, Hidari 
 
How much does it cost?
いくらですか? = Ikura Desuka?
 
Can I pay by credit card?
カードでいいですか = Kādo de īdesu ka
 
Could you write that down
かいてもらえますか?= Kaitemorae masuka?
 
Just a moment, please.
ちょっとまってください = Chotto matte kudasai
 
 Toilet
トイレ = toire
 
Help!
助けて!= tasukete! 
 
Police
警察 = keisatsu
 
Teacher
先生 = sensei
 
Yen
円 = en 
 
Pardon me, I'm pregnant. May I sit there please?
すみません、私は妊娠していますので、座ってもいいですか?
Sumimasen, watashiwa ninshin shite imasunode, suwattemo iidesuka?
 
My child has a _______ allergy
私の子どもは(   )アレルギーがあります = Watashi no kodomo wa ______ arerugii ga arimasu.
- nut
ナッツ = nattsu
- gluten
グルテン = guruten
- egg
たまご = tamago
 
Is this hypoallergenic?
これは低刺激性ですか?= Korewa teishigekisei desuka?
 
Is your restaurant children-friendly?
子どもも入れるレストランですか?= Kodomomo haireru resutoran desuka?
 
I’d like to make an appointment to see the doctor.
診察の予約をお願いします= Shinsatsu no yoyaku o onegaishimasu 
 
My child has ________ allergies
私の子どもは(  )アレルギーがあります=Watashi no kodomo wa ______ arerugii ga arimasu.
- penicillin
ペニシリン = penishirin
- latex
ラテックス、天然ゴム = ratekkusu, tennengomu
 
I don't feel well.
ぐあいがわるいです= Guai ga warui desu
 
I have medical insurance
私は保険証を持っています。= Watashi wa hoken-shou wo motte imasu
 
I don’t have medical insurance
私は保険証を持っていません。= Watashi wa hoken-shou wo motte imasen
 
Phlegm/mucus/snot
痰 (たん) = tan
 
Coughing/a cough
咳 (せき) = seki
 
Fever
熱 (ねつ) = netsu
 
Stress
ストレス(すとれす) = sutoresu
 
Cold medicine
風邪薬 = kaze gusuri
 
Lozenges
錠剤 = jouzai
 
Medicine
薬 = kusuri
 
Stomach
お腹 = onaka
 
Throat
喉 = nodo
 
Head
頭 = atama
 
Nose
鼻 = hana
 
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