Speakin' Japanese: Let’s go hiking!

Speakin' Japanese: Let’s go hiking!

by Shoji Kudaka
Stripes Okinawa

Beaches may be on the top of the list of your getaway destinations in Okinawa. However, there are location on the island where you can have fun hiking on mountain trails and enjoy a nice view from the top. Why not go out for some mountain trekking before it gets too hot on the island.

The following words and phrases will help you enjoy your hike in Okinawa.

To ask for, wish or encourage something in Japanese, the following phrases will help you.

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

“Katsuu-dake ni ikitai desu.” = I want to go to Mount Katsuu.
(“Katsuu-dake” = Mt. Katsuu, “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)

“Mayowanai youni Kiwotsukete” = let’s be careful so that you will not get lost
(Mayowanai youni” = in order not to get lost, “Kiwotsukete” = be careful)

Pronunciation key: “A” is short (like “ah”); “E” is short (like “get”); “I” is short (like “it”); “O” is long (like “old”); “U” is long (like “tube”); and “AI” is a long “I” (like “hike”). Most words are pronounced with equal emphasis on each syllable, but “OU” is a long “O” with emphasis on that syllable.

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