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Being understood


By on November 19, 2015 in Japanese Phrases

Learn how to be understood in Japanese with these essential, basic Japanese words and phrases.
See the full list of Japanese Words and Phrases here. You will be understood in Japanese in no time!

Most new students of Japanese have trouble being understood so it is vital to master phrases like the following Japanese phrases below:

すみません。 日本語が話せません

sumimasen, nihongo ga hanasemasen

I’m sorry, I don’t speak Japanese

英語は話せますか?

eigo wa hanase masuka?

Do you speak English?

スペイン語は話せますか?

supeingo wa hanase masuka?

Do you speak Spanish?

ゆっくり話してください

yukkuri hanashite kudasai

Please speak slower

書いてもらえますか?

kaite moraemasuka?

Could you write that down for me?

…はどういう意味ですか?

…wa dohyuu imidesuka?

What does…mean?

…は日本語で何と言いますか?

…wa nihongo de nannto iimasuka?

How do you say… in Japanese?

So what do you think?