Speakin' Japanese: Talk of tying the knot


Speakin' Japanese: Talk of tying the knot

by: Takahiro Takiguchi | .
Stripes Japan | .
published: April 05, 2017

You may often see young couples in wedding attire at shrines or traditional gardens for photo shoots. If you know someone who is about to tie the knot – or will soon be doing so yourself – these words and phrases may come in handy.
“Kekkon shite itadake masenka?” = Would you please marry me?
(“kekkon” = marraiage, “shite” = do; “itadake masenka” = would you please)

“Yorokonde.” = With my pleasure.

“Sumimasen. Okotowari shimasu.” = I’m sorry, but I have to refuse.
(“sumimasen” = I’m sorry; “okotowari shimasu” = refuse)

“Kekkon shimasu.” = I (we) will marry.

“Omedeto gozaimasu.” = Congratulations.

“Shiawase ni narimasu.” = We will be happy.
(“shiawase” = happy, “narimasu” = will be)
“Oshiawaseni.” = I hope you’ll be happy.

“Kekkonshiki ni shusseki shite kudasai masenka?” = Will you please participate in our wedding ceremony?
(“kekkonshiki” = wedding ceremony, “shusseki shite” = participate in, “kudasai” = please)

“Hirooen no supiichi wo onegai shimasu.” = Please give a speech during the reception.
(“hirooen” = reception, “supiichi” = speech, “onegai shimasu” = please give)

“Shinkon-ryoko wa dokoni ikimasu ka?” = Where will you go for your honeymoon?
(“Shinkon-ryoko” = honeymoon, “doko” = where, “ikimasu” = will go)

“Shinkyo wa doko desuka?” = Where is your new home?
(“shinkyo” = new home, “doko” = where)
“Shinro” = bridegroom

“Shinpu” = bride

“Konyakusha” = fiancé

“Konyaku yubiwa” = engagement ring

When on OKINAWA, you can also say it in “Uchinaanguchi” (island dialect) like this:

“Niibichi sannaa?” = Would you marry me?

“Niibichi gusuujisabira.” = Congratulations.

“Niibichinkai kuurariinnaa?” = Would you participate in our wedding ceremony?


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