More than footprints?phrasebooks have been lovingly compiled by readers from around the world to arm you with a few words and phrases for your next destination. From basic vocabulary such as 'Yes', 'No' and 'Thank-you', and simple structures like, 'Where is the..?' and 'How much is this?' to the more advanced, 'Are you sure this is a different temple?' and 'Is that a ghost?!'. Enjoy, or as they say in France, 'Cafe au lait!'
Compiled for More than footprints by Yumi Mashiki (Japan)
Pronunciation: It would be impossible to adequately express, in text, the correct pronunciation of the phrases below, so to avoid being misinterpreted by the old woman at the bus stop, break the ice on your next train journey and have a local talk you through the correct pronunciation.
yes - Hai no - Iie please - Douzo / Onegaishimasu thank-you - Arigatou hello - Konnichiwa goodbye - Sayounara Excuse me (Can you help me?) - Sumimasen Excuse me (Sorry) - Sumimasen Good morning - Ohayou Good afternoon - Konnichiwa Good evening - Konbanwa Good night - Oyasumi How are you? - I'm fine, thanks - Do you speak English? - Eigo wo hanasimasuka? I don't understand - Wakarimasen What's your name? - My name is... - Watasi no namae wa... I'm from... - ...kara kimasita I'm a... (student) - Watasi wa (gakusei) desu How do you pronounce this? -
passport - passport visa - visa Where is the...? - train station - eki bus station - bus-tei bus stop - bus-tei airport - kuukou taxi stand - taxi-noriba gas station - gasoline stand Where can I get a ticket? - Dokode kippu ga kaemasu ka? Can I have a ticket to...? - ...-yuki no kippu wo kudasai one way/return - Katamichi / Oufuku second class - Futsuu shindai ressya Will you tell me where to get off the bus/train? - Dokode orirunoka osiete moraemasuka? Does this bus go to (the town center)? - Kono bus wa...e ikimasuka? Which platform? - Dono platform? / nan-ban sen desuka? Which carriage? - Dono syaryou? Which gate? - Dono gate / iriguchi? Is it on time? - Jikandouri desuka? How long will it be delayed? - Donokurai okuremasuka? car - kuruma petrol - gasoline oil - oil / abura garage - flat tyre - panku sita tyre I'm in a hurry. I'm meeting friends at the hotel and I'm already late. - Hotel de tomodachi ni au yotei desuga, mou sudeni okureteimasu.
Where is the nearest internet cafe? - Ichiban chikai Internet Cafe wa doko desuka? Do you have WiFi? - What's the WiFi password? - I want to phone... - ...ni denwa wo kaketai desu Can I check my email? - Email wo check dekimasuka? Can I print something? - Print sitemo iidesuka? How much does it cost a minute/an hour? - Ichi pun / ichi jikan ikura desuka? What's the code for (the UK)? - (UK) no code wa nandesuka? The sim-card doesn't work - Sim-o-card ga tsukaemasen Where can I buy a phone card? - Dokode Telephone-card ga kaemasuka?
Can I have a single/double room? - Single / double room wa aiteimasuka? Can I have a dorm bed? - private bath - private bath shared bath - kyoudou yokusitu / bath How much is it? - Ikura desuka? Is it cheaper if I stay (5) nights? - Moshi gohaku sitara motto yasuku narimasuka? Can I see another room? - Hokano heyamo miremasuka?
emergencies & health
Call an ambulance! - Kyuukyuusya wo yonde kudasai! Call the police! - Keisatsu wo yonde kudasai! My (wallet) has been stolen - Watasi no (osaifu) ga nusumare masitra Help! - Tasukete! Fire! - Kaji! I feel ill - Kimochi ga warui desu diarrhea - geri vomitting - outo / hakike I/My friend needs a - Watasi / Tomodachi wa...ga hitsuyou desu doctor - isya hospital - byouin chemist - yakkyoku dentist - haisya ophthalmologist/optician - ganka condoms - condoms contact lenses - contact lenses Where is the embassy? -Taissikan wa doko desuka?
restaurants & food
Can I have a table for 1 person/two people? - Seki ga aite aimsuka? Can I order? - Tyuumon site ii desuka? Can I have..? - ...wo kudasai? Can I pay? - Okanjyou onegaisimasu? Cheers! - Kanpai Can I have another..? - ...wo kudasai? beer - biiru water - mizu I'm a vegetarian - Watasi wa vegetarian desu I don't eat... - ...wa tabemasen I'm allergic to... - ...no allergy wo motteimasu
money, shopping & sightseeing
Can I have a..? - ...wo moraemasuka? How much is it? - Ikura desuka? Do you take credit cards? - Credit card wa tsukaemasuka? Where can I change money? - Dokode kankin dekimasuka? What's the exchange rate today? - Kyou no exchange rate wa nandesuka? Where is the nearest...? - Ichiban chikai...wa doko desuka? What time does the ...open/close? - ...wa nanji ni akimasuka / simarimasuka? post office - yuubinkyoku bank - ginkou travel agency - ryokou dairiten museum - museum / bijyutsu kan temple/church - otera / kyoukai shop - omise zoo - doubutsuen swimming pool - swimming pool beach - beach cafe - cafe / kissaten restaurant - restaurant That's too expensive - Sore wa takasugi masu Still too expensive - Mada takasugi masu Do you have anything cheaper? - Motto yasui monoga arimasuka?
days of the week
Monday - Getsuyou bi Tuesday - Kayou bi Wednesday - Suiyou bi Thursday - Mokuyou bi Friday - Kinyou bi Saturday - Doyou bi Sunday - Nichiyou bi
Are you sure this is a different temple? - Hontou ni korewa sakkito chiigau otera nano? Does anyone know what happened in the football? - Dareka soccer no kekka sitteru? Is that a ghost?! - Are obake jyanai?!