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Language Tips

One of the first things people new to Kadena discover is that not all Okinawans speak English. Chances are good that you and your family may end up renting a home or apartment next door to a Japanese family.

The following words and phrases will help you get to know these neighbors and assist you while you're eating out at local restaurants or shopping in local stores.

English-Japanese pronunciation

Good Morning is Ohayo gozaimasu -- oh-hi-yo go-zai-ee-mas
Good Afternoon, Konnichiwa -- kone-nee-chee-wah
Good Evening, Konbanwa -- kone-bawn-wah
Good Night, Oyasumi nasai -- oh-yah-sue-mee na-sigh-ee
Good Bye, Sayonara -- sah-yoh-na-rah
See You Later, Mata ato de -- mah-tah ah-toh day
Please (invite), Dozo -- doh-zoh
Please (request), Kudasai -- koo-dah-sigh
Thank you, Domo arigato -- doh-moh ah-ree-gah-toe
You're welcome, Doitashi mashite -- doe-ee-tash-ee mash-tah
Excuse me, Sumimasen -- sue-me-mah-sehn
I'm sorry, Gomen nasai -- go-men na-sigh
Oh, I see, A so -- ah-so
I, Watashi (watashi no) -- wah-tah-she
You (your), Anata (anata no) -- ah-nah-tah
He (his), Kara (kare no) -- kah-rah
She (hers), Kanojo (kanojo no) -- kah-noh-joh
Yes, Hai -- high (say quickly)
No, Iee -- ee-yeh (say quickly)
Maybe, Tabun -- ta-boon
Sometimes, Tokidoki -- toe-key-doe-key
Your wife, Kanai -- kah-nah-ee
Another's wife, Okusan -- oh-ku-sahn
Your husband, Shujin -- shoe-jin
Another's husband, Goshujin -- go-shoe-jin'
Please give me coffee, Kohii o kudasai -- Koh-hee o-koo-da-sigh
Water, Mizu -- Mee-zoo o Kudasai
Beer, Biru -- Bee-ro o Kudasai
Milk, Miruku -- Mee-ru-koo o Kudasa
Tea, Ocha -- Oh-cha o Kudasai
Yakisoba, Yakisoba -- Yah-Key-so-ba o Kudasai
Yakitori, Yakitori -- Yah-key-tor-ree o Kudasai
Where is it? Doko desu ka -- Doh-ko des-kah
What is it? Nani desu ka -- Nan-ni-des-kah
Who is it? Dare desu ka -- Dah-ray-des-kah
When is it? Itsu desu ka -- It-sue-des-kah
How much is it? Ikura desu ka -- Ee-koo-rah-des-kah
Where is the telephone? Denwa doko desu ka?
Where is the restaurant? Resutoran doko desu ka?
Where is Kadena AB? Kadena kitchi doko desu ka?
Where is the police? Keisatsu wa doko desu ka?
Where is the toilet? Toire wa doko desu ka?
Little, sukoshi -- Skoh-shee
Much, takusan -- Tahk-sahn
Expensive, takai -- Tahk-eye
Cheap, yasui -- Yah-su-ee
Hot, atsui -- Aht-su-ee
Cool, Suzushii -- Sah-moo-ee
Do you understand? Wakarimasu ka? -- Wah-kah-ree-mas ka
Yes, I understand. Hai, wakarimasu -- Hi, Wah-kah-ree-mas
No, I don't understand. Ie, wakarimasen -- E-yah Wah-kah-ree-masen

Numbers

One, ichi -- ee-chee
Two, ni -- nee
Three, san -- sahn
Four, yon / shi -- yone or she
Five, go -- goh
Six, roku -- roh-koo
Seven, nana -- na-na
Eight, hachi -- hah-chee
Nine, ku -- koo
Ten, ju -- joo
Numbers from 11 to 19 are formed by saying ten-one (ju-ichi), ten-two (ju-ni), etc.
Twenty, thirty and so on are formed by saying two-ten (ni-ju), thirty (san-ju) etc.
One hundred is hyaku (h yah-koo)
Two hundred is ni-hyaku.

Current as of October 2012