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When traveling in Japan for the first time, what phrases do you need? Each 3-minute episode provides simple expressions you can put to use as soon as you land. The program also offers tips for getting around the country. Remember the phrases and make your trip more fun.

Easy Travel Japanese is based on one of the most popular programs on Radio Japan, "Easy Japanese".

#1

II DESU KA? May I?

#1

Released on: March 22, 2017

When you want to ask if you are allowed to do something, use II DESU KA? (May I?)

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#2

SUMIMASEN, a versatile word

#2

Released on: March 22, 2017

SUMIMASEN means "I'm sorry" in some situations, but it can also be used in many other ways.

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#3

DOKO DESU KA? Where is...?

#3

Released on: March 22, 2017

If you get lost, you can ask DOKO DESU KA? (Where is...?) after saying the name of the place you want to go.

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#4

Now use them (#1-3)

#4

Released on: March 22, 2017

Let's use the 3 expressions: II DESU KA?, SUMIMASEN and DOKO DESU KA?

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#5

ONEGAI SHIMASU. Please

#5

Released on: December 2, 2017

When you want to ask someone to do something for you, use ONEGAI SHIMASU (Please).

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#6

DAIJOBU DESU KA? Is it OK?

#6

Released on: December 2, 2017

When you want to ask if something is OK, say DAIJOBU DESU KA? (Is it OK?) The phrase can also show concern about someone.

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#7

DOMO, a versatile word

#7

Released on: December 3, 2017

DOMO means "very", "hello", or "thanks" depending on the situation.

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#8

ONOMATOPOEIA

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Released on: December 3, 2017

We'll look at some examples of onomatopoeia, the imitation of sounds in words. The Japanese language is rich with such words.

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Amy Ota
Navigator: Amy Ota
Born to a Japanese father and a Swiss mother.
A popular TV and radio personality, model and narrator.
Currently co-hosts NHK WORLD TV's "J-Trip Plan."