Speakin’ Japanese: Let’s go hiking!

Speakin’ Japanese: Let’s go hiking!

by Takahiro Takiguchi
Stripes Okinawa

In Japan, summer is the season of beach days, freezing kakigori and long hikes. School’s out and families are out and about enjoying the break. Why not take a nice, cool hike in the surrounding mountains? The following words and phrases will help you enjoy your hike in Japan.

“Haikingu ni ikimashoo.” = Let’s go hiking.
(“haikingu” = hiking, “ikimashoo” = let’s go)

“Takaosan ni ikitai desu.” = I want to go to Mount Takao.
(“Takaosan” = Mt. Takao, “ikitai” = want to go)

“Obento wo tsukuri masu.” = I will make a box lunch.
(“Obento” = box lunch, “tsukuri masu” = will make)

“Roopuuei ni norimasu ka ?” = Shall we take a ropeway?
(“Roopuuei” = ropeway, “norimasen ka?” Let’s get on .. shall we?)

“Aruite nobori mashoo.” = Let’s go up on foot.
(“Aruite” = walking, “nobori mashoo” = let’s climb)

“Ii nagame desu ne?” = A great view, isn’t it?
(“ii” = good, “nagame” = view)

“Atsui desu ne?” = It’s hot, isn’t it?
(“Atsui” = it’s hot, “desu ne?” = isn’t it?)

“Kokage de sukoshi yasumimashoo.” = Let’s take a quick rest under the tree.
(“Kokage” = under a tree, “sukoshi” = a little, “yasumimashoo” = let’s take a rest)

“Tsukare mashita ka?” = Did you get tired?
(“Tsukare mashita” = got tired)

“Daijobu desu.” = I’m all right.

“Yuudachi ga kisoo desu ne.” = it looks like a shower will come.
(“Yuudachi” = shower, “kisoo” = seems to come)

“Tanoshikatta desu ne?” = It was fun, isn’t it?
(“tanoshikatta” = it was fun)

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