Speakin' Japanese: Asking for directions

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Speakin' Japanese: Asking for directions

by: Takahiro Takiguchi | .
Stripes Japan | .
published: February 10, 2015

To ask for directions or travel information, try using the following phrases.

Tokyo eki wa doko desuka?
(Where is Tokyo Station?)
“… wa doko desuka?” = Where is ...

  • Byouin wa dokodesuka? (Where is a hospital?)
  • Koban wa dokodesuka? (Where is a police station?)
  • Toire wa dokodsuka? (Where is a bathroom?)

Eki made donokurai kakarimasuka?
(How long does it take to the station?)
made donokurai kakarimasuka?” = How long does it take to ...

  • Kyanpu Foster made donokurai kakarimasuka? (How long does it take to Foster military base?)
  • Kuuko made donokurai kakarimasuka? (How long does it take to an airport?)

Mayoimashita.
(I am lost.)

  • Michi ga wakarimasen. (I don’t know the way.)
  • Basho ga wakarimasen. (I don’t know where it is.)

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.

takiguchi.takahiro@stripes.com

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