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Hey guys, its Risa. Today I am going to teach you the 25 most common phrases that we use in Japan.
1. おはよう(ohayō) Good morning
おはよう(ohayō)、おはよう(ohayō)
2. すみません (sumimasen) Excuse me
すみません is a polite way to say I am sorry and also you can say excuse me.
When you want to ask the direction, you can say
A:
「すみません」
B:
「あ、はい」
A:
「東京タワーに行きたいんですけど、どうやって行けば良いですか?」
B:
「ここはすぐそこの道を右に曲がれば行けますよ。」
A:
「あ、ありがとうございます、助かりました。」
3. はい (hai) Yes, you can just say はい
4. いいえ(iie) no, いいえ
when you want to say yes, the casual way to say this is うん and the casual way to say no is ううん it’s very similar. So be careful.
A:
「今日はげんきですか?」
B:
「はい。」
 「いいえ。」
A:
「元気?」
B:
「うん!」
 「ううん」
5. 駅はどこですか?(Eki wa dokodesu ka?) Where is the station?
In Tokyo, the most common way to get around is by train.
A:
「うーん、どこだここ?困ったなぁ」
 「あ、すみません東京駅はどこですか」
B:
「あー、あっち」
A:
「ありがとうございます。」
6. 宜しくお願いします。 (Yoroshiku onegaishimasu.) Please treat me well.
When you meet someone for the first time, you can introduce yourself and then use this phrase 宜しくお願いします。
It also means like nice to meet you. 宜しくお願いします And you can also say like よろしく (yoroshiku) for casually. よろしく!
7. これはいくらですか (Kore wa ikuradesu ka) How much is this?
「これはいくらですか?おー安いですね!これ下さい。」
8. おやすみなさい (Oyasuminasai) Goodnight. You can also say おやすみ (Oyasumi)
I think it’s more common to use it おやすみ
9. 何歳ですか?(Nan sai desu ka?) How old are you?
In Japan, when you meet someone for the first time, they usually ask how old are you. Polite way to ask their age  おいくつですか?(O ikutsu desu ka?)
10. どうぞ (Dōzo) After you.
You can use this phrase when you let someone go first どうぞ after you.
For example, in the train, you see someone who needs the seat and you are sitting, you can say 「あ、どうぞ良かったら」
11. 分かりました (Wakarimashita) I understand 
12. 分かりません (Wakarimasen) I don’t understand or if you don’t understand it, you just say わかりません、もう一度お願いします。
A:
「日本語わかりますか?」
B:
「いいえ、わかりません。」
A:
「日本語わかる?」
B:
「わかんない」
13. 英語が話せますか?(Eigo ga hanasemasu ka?) Do you speak English?
14. じゃあまた (Jā mata) See you soon.
Between friends maybe じゃあまた、またねー!
15. どうも (Dōmo) Thanks. Hello, goodbye.
どうも as thanks is like どうも as hello is like どうも for goodbye is あっどうも!
16. お元気ですか?(Ogenkidesuka) How are you
お元気ですか? is a polite way to say how are you. In a casual way, you can ask 元気?
17. ごめんなさい (Gomen'nasai) I am sorry. When you say ごめんなさい, make sure it’s with emotion ごめんなさい lighter way to say this ごめん
18. こんばんは (konbanwa) Good evening. When it’s getting dark or like around 5 o'clock, you say こんばんは
19. こんにちは (kon'nichi wa) Hello. You use this phrase in the day time こんにちは!you’ll start using こんにちはat noon and any time before noon is おはよう.
20. はじめまして (Hajimemashite) Nice to meet you.
21. お名前は?(Onamae wa?) What’s your name.
You usually ask people お名前は何ですか?or 名前は何ですか?
A:
「お名前は何ですか?」
B:
「りさと言います。」
A:
「名前は?」
B:
「りさです。」
22. 水、お願いします。(Mizu, onegaishimasu.) Water, please.
In the restaurant, when you need some water, you ask them お水下さい。
23. 助けて下さい (Tasukete kudasai) Help
A:
「助けて下さい!助けてー!」
「ありがとうございます。」
I am okay.
24. ありがとう (arigatō) Thank you.
If you are going to remember any word, please just remember ありがとう thank you. It’s very useful. 日本語を勉強してくれて、ありがとう。Thank you for studying Japanese.
25. さようなら (sayōnara) Goodbye
 さようなら We also say bye bye for Sayonara between friends or someone you are close to.
ありがとう sayonara. Thank you so much for watching どうもありがとうございました. That was the 25 most common phrases that we use in Japan. I hope it helps you a lot 日本語の勉強頑張って下さい!またいつか日本語で話せるといいですね。Bye bye. Goodbye. Why! You can’t say that, you can’t say that, I know!

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Adriel Phantom-Fox
November 14th, 2017 at 11:15 am
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My japanese teacher in class used “douzo” casually when she handed out papers. She would hand out a paper on the desk and say “douzo”. What does douzo mean in that situation? And does the meaning change depending on the context?

Adriel Phantom-Fox
November 14th, 2017 at 11:13 am
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In the clip at 4:35 She says “risa to imasu” I believe to answer the question what is your name?. I have never heard that phrase before. Is that how you say “my name is”. When I took a japanese class, she instructed us to respond with “watashi no namae wa __desu.” But thats not how risa said it.

October 27th, 2017 at 10:20 pm
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Hi Charlie,

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October 27th, 2017 at 7:58 pm
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This was really helpful. I would love to see more “Phrases” videos like this.

October 23rd, 2017 at 4:26 pm
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Hi Savannah,
Thank you for your comment and sorry we didn’t reply earlier.

Risa will be happy to hear that!
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September 20th, 2017 at 10:28 pm
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Hi Brieanna,
Thank you for your comment!

Dōmo is sometimes too light to say thank you, so the beginners might be better to avoid using it.
This video might help you to grasp how to use it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fL4_ovzdPd8

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September 11th, 2017 at 3:35 pm
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Hello! I’m a little confused. In the Intro to Japanese course, you said that domo should generally be avoided in conversations, as it’s typically used in comedy. Would you mind clarifying?

Thank you much!

July 25th, 2017 at 7:39 pm
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Hi Abdulla,

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July 25th, 2017 at 11:21 am
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リサ好きです!😄👍❤️️

June 7th, 2017 at 10:57 pm
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Hi Jaedon,
Thank you for the comment!

You can say “えきはどこですか。” or “えきはどこにありますか。”.
Please note that “wa” as a particle should be written “は”.

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