Speakin' Japanese: Speaking of work


Speakin' Japanese: Speaking of work

by: Takahiro Takiguchi | .
Stripes Japan | .
published: March 17, 2015

At work, try using the following phrases.

Ohayo gozaimasu. (Good morning)
“Sukoshi okure masu.” = I will be late a little.
“John wa kyo o-yasumi desu.” = John is off today.

Arigato gozaimasu. (Thank you very much.)
“Sumimasen.” = I am sorry.
“Yoroshiku onegai shimasu.” = Please do that for me.
*This phrase can also be used for closing your introduction to new employees or clients. In that case, it means “I look forward for your acquaintance.” (Literally, please remember/cherish this encounter.)

Denwa shimasu. (I will call you.)
“shimasu” = I will …
“Gaishutsu shimasu.” = I will go out.
“Me-eru shimasu.” = I will email you.
“Kyukei shimasu.” = I will take a break.

Otsukare-sama deshita.  
(Thanks for all your hard work [said when leaving work].)
“Tsukare mashita.” = I am tired.
“Ie ni kaeri masu.” = I will go home.
“Mata ashita.” = I will see you, again, tomorrow.
“Yoi shumatsu wo.” = Have a great weekend.

You can also say it in “Uchinaaguchi” (island dialect) like this:
“U ki-mi so-chi” = Good morning
“Utaimi so-chi” = (Thanks for all your hard work [said when leaving work].)

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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