Learn Japanese Now: 5-Week Crash Course — Real Life Language

Janina Klimas
3 min readAug 28, 2020

Learn Japanese Now:

5-Week Crash Course

Learn Japanese now with this 5-week crash course.

The secret to moving from being a Novice level (A) language learner to someone who can create their own sentences is having enough words and phrases to do this.

Take this list of survival words and phrases. Commit to learning a few each week. Eventually, all of those words and phrases add up.

I like Vocabulary Columns. It is an intense way to master a set of words and phrases quickly. However you might approach this, sit down and concentrate on mastering these survival tasks in Japanese.

Learn Japanese Now: Basic Phrases and Meeting and Greeting

I’d like a __________, please.____________

____________ Wo Onegai Shimasu。____________ を お願い します。

Could I get the bill, please? Seikyuusho Wo Itadake Masuka? 請求書 を いただけ ますか?

Where is the bathroom? Yokushitu(Toire)Wa、 Dochira Desuka? 浴室 (トイレ) は、 どちら ですか?

Excuse me. Suimasen すいません

Thank you. Arigatou ありがとう

You’re welcome. Dou Itashimasite どう いたしまして

One more, please. Mou Ichido Onegai Shimasu もう 一度 お願い します

please Onegai Shimasu お願い します

Yes Hai はい

No Iie いいえ

sorry Gomen Nasai ごめん なさい

Hello Konnichiwa こんにちは

Good morning. Ohayou おはよう

Good afternoon. Konnichiwa こんにちは

Good evening. Konbanwa こんばんは

Goodbye. Sayounara さようなら

See you later. Mata ato de また あと で

I don’t understand. Wakari Masen わかり ません

Do you speak English? Eigo Wa、Hanase Masuka? 英語 は、 話せ ますか?

Can you speak more slowly please? Motto Yukkuri Hanashite Moraemasuka? もっと ゆっくり 話して もらええますか?

It was nice to see you. Anata Ni 、Aete Ureshi Katta Desu。あなたに、会えて 嬉し かった です。

What’s your name? Anata No Onamae Wa? あなたの お名前 は?

My name is……..Watashi No Namae Wa、・・・ ・・・ Desu。 私 の 名前 は、・・・ ・・・ です。

I’m sorry. Gomennasai ごめんなさい

Take care. Odaiji Ni お大事 に

Bye Sayounara さようなら

Where do you live? Dochira Ni Osumai Desuka? どちら に お住まい ですか?

I live in______________. Watashi Wa、______ Ni Sunde Imasu。 私 は、_____ に 住んで います。

I don’t understand. Wakari Masen わかり ません

My name is______________. Watashi No Namae Wa、_____________ Desu。 私 の 名前 は、_____________ です

How are you? O Genki Desuka? お 元気 ですか?

Good. Genki Desu 元気 です

So- so. Ma’a Ma’a まぁ まぁ

Are you all right? Daijyoubu Desuka? 大丈夫 ですか?

Where are you from? Dochira No Shusshin Desuka? どちら の ご出身 ですか

I’m from….Watashi Wa、・・・Shusshin Desu。私 は、・・・ 出身 です。

It’s nice to meet you. Hajime Mashite 初め まして

Likewise. Douyou Desu 同様 です

You can also create your own playlist, or get the book with linked audio:

We learn languages most effectively in chunks-meaningful words and phrases to communicate right away.

Some years ago, I started sharing these chunks to learn Japanese fast. I added a feed to share. You can create your own playlists, and start speaking in seconds. Check it out here: https://reallifelanguage.lpages.co/japanese-for-trael-and-beginners-podcast/

Want to master a language in the next year? Check out the course here: https://real-life-language.teachable.com/p/the-5-week-linguist

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Originally published at http://reallifelanguage.com on August 28, 2020.



Janina Klimas

Janina Klimas will show you how to learn a language. She has taught languages for over 20 years on three different continents.