Speakin' Japanese: COVID-19 useful phrases
As measures to combat COVID-19 ramp up, you may find yourself needing extra assistance, especially if you’re off-base. Use these helpful common phrases below to get the help you need from our neighbors here in Japan.
“Kono mise wa nanji ni akimasuka?” = What time does this shop open?
(“kono” = this, “mise” = shop, “nanji ni” = at what time, “akimasuka” = does open?)
Pronounced: Cone-oh me-say wah nan-gee knee awe-key-mass-kaw.
“Masuku wa arimasuka?” – Is there a face mask available?
(“Masuku” = face mask, “wa arimasuka?” = is there.. available?)
Pronounced: mass-coup wah awe-ree-mass-kaw
“Taionkei wo kashite kudasai?” = Could you lend me a thermometer?
(“taionkei” = thermometer, “kashite” = lend me, “kudasai” = please)
Pronounced: tie-on-kay woe cash-teh coup-duh-sigh
“Chikakuni byooin wa arimasuka?” Is there a hospital around here?
(“chikakuni” nearby, “byooin” = hospital)
Pronounced: Cheek-hack-oo-knee be-yo-oh-een wah awe-ree-mass-kaw
“Sukoshi netsu ga arimasu” = I have a slight fever.
(“sukoshi” – a little bit, “netsu” = fever)
Pronounced: sue-coe-she net-sue gah awe-ree-mass
“Atama ga itai desu.” = I have a headache.
(“atama” = head, “ga itai desu” = I have a pain in)
Pronounced: ah-tah-ma gah eat-thai deh-sue
“Samuke ga shimasu.” = I feel a chill.
(“samuke” – feel chilly)
Pronounced: sam-oo-keh gah she-mass-sue
“Ikigurushii desu.” = I have a breathing difficulty.
(“ikigurushii” = difficulty in breathing)
Pronounced: icky-goo-rouge-y deh-sue.
“Mikaku ga arimasen.” = I cannot taste.
(“mikaku” = sense of taste, “ga arimasen” have a disorder in)
Pronounced: me-kaw-coup gah awe-ree-mass-zen
“Nioi ga shimasen.” = I cannot smell.
(“nioi” = sense of sell)
Pronounced: Knee-oy gah she-mass-zen
Shushi shōdoku-zai = Hand sanitizer
Pronounced: Shoe-she show-doe-coup-sigh
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