This lesson isn’t 100% complete yet. But it’s done enough you can learn from it. If you bump into a problem let me know.
I know it’s hard to guess what’s in store by the title of this lesson.
These are the small conversational words you’ll use often in small talk. Things like yes, no, okay, hello, etc.
はい → hai
means yes, but you will also hear it used as if to say understood.
いいえ → iie
means no, but it’s also used as don’t mention it.
オーケー → ookei
Note: it’s written in katakana, depicting it’s borrowed from a language outside of Japanese.
こんにちは → konnichiwa
means good afternoon or good day and is used in the daytime (usually after noon until dark).
Notice the は is pronounced wa.
さようなら → sayounara
means good bye or farewell.
わたし → watashi
means me or I.
すき → suki
means like, as in I like cake.
For example, at the convenience store the clerk will ask if you’d like your food to be heated. You’d answer with おねがします.
ありがとうございます → arigatougozaimasu
means thank you. It’s quite polite.
Shortcut: You can get away with only saying ありがとう (arigatou). It’s easier to say and while it’s a bit less polite, you won’t get into trouble saying it.
と → to
For example, you might use と when ordering at a restaurant: ポテト と コーラ おねがいします.