Speakin’ Japanese: Winter travel

by Takahiro Takiguchi
Stripes Okinawa

As you travel this winter season, here are some useful Japanese phrases to help you along the way.  

“Samui desu, ne?” = It is cold, isn’t it?
“Atatakai desu, ne?” = It is warm, isn’t it?
“Atsui desu, ne?” = It is hot, isn’t it?

These expressions are often used with “Ohayo Gozaimasu” (good morning), “Konnichiwa” (good afternoon) or “Konbanwa” (good evening). “Desu, ne?” = it is, isn’t it?

“Yuki ga furisou desu.” = It looks like it is going to snow.
“… sou desu” = looks like going to be …  
These phrases are also used in daily conversations:
“Ame ga furisou desu.” = It looks like it is going to rain.
“Hare sou desu.” = It looks like going to be fine.
“Yoi otenki desu.” = It is a beautiful day.
“Atama ga itai desu.” = I have a headache.
“… ga itai desu” = “I have an ache/pain in …”

When you have to see a doctor, you can use some of the following phrases:
“Nodo ga itai desu.” = My throat hurts.
“Onaka ga itai desu.” = I have a stomachache.
“Netsu ga arimasu.” = I have a fever.
“Seki ga demasu.” = I have a cough.
“Kaze wo hikimashita.” = I caught a cold.

Tokyo eki wa doko desuka?
(Where is Tokyo Station?)
“… wa doko desuka?” = Where is ...
• Byouin wa dokodesuka? (Where is a hospital?)
• Koban wa dokodesuka? (Where is a police station?)
• Toire wa dokodsuka? (Where is a bathroom?)
Eki made donokurai kakarimasuka?
(How long does it take to the station?)
“made donokurai kakarimasuka?” = How long does it take to ...
• Kyanpu Foster made donokurai kakarimasuka? (How long does it take to Foster military base?)
• Kuuko made donokurai kakarimasuka? (How long does it take to an airport?)

Mayoimashita.
(I am lost.)
• Michi ga wakarimasen. (I don’t know the way.)
• Basho ga wakarimasen. (I don’t know where it is.)

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