Planning my Trip to Japan

Planning my trip to Japan: Learning Japanese

In September, I’m going to Japan for six nights. Part of planning my trip to Japan is learning some basic Japanese beforehand. I have no real language knowledges regarding Japanese, but I really want to travel there knowing some of the language. Hence, I’m putting my language learning skates on to learn some Japanese.

The only words I really remember without looking them up are:

oishi (delicious (I think)), konichiwa (Hello/ Good Day), sumimasen (Sorry/Excuse me), namabiru (draft beer), ocha (tea)

And that is pretty much it, whoops. I’m not even sure on the latin spellings without double-checking. (I double checked all of them, and I’m still not sure on the translation of delicious). 

I look forward to learning Japanese, hoping I can understand at least a little in Japan. But I am very scared of not being able to understand anything, not being able to communicate with others or understanding a menu at a restaurant.

Luckily, some of my favourite youtubers have uploaded some videos on Japanese phrases that are useful for when travelling through Japan. I’ll link them up down below. I’ve made note of the phrases and translations, and hope to learn a lot more kanji, katakana and hiragana. Not just for the six nights I’ll actually be there. I really hope to buy some manga there, in Japanese, to enjoy reading them at home. I’d absolutely love to get my hands on Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone in Japanese, but that’s not a main goal of mine during these six nights.

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