You’d like to travel to Tokyo, Osaka or Kyoto without wanting to learn even a little bit of Japanese because you believe you’ll have a great time just by using your English language skills? Good luck, fella! Because mark my words: Only Western-oriented hipsters, McDonald’s employees and people at Apple stores understand what you’re trying to say. Really.
Japanese culture website Tofugu‘s very own Koichi collected the 100 most important words to learn before traveling to Japan. And, yes, you (probably) won’t need to learn the bizarre ones like “死にそう”, what basically means that you’re going to die, but if you want to connect to the country terms like “ごめんなさい” (Sorry), “いただきます” (Bon Apetite!) or “さようなら” (Goodbye) seem helpful.
“These 100 Japanese words will get you through an untold number of situations, problems, and feelings,” Koichi tells us. “I’m not saying that there are not other important words out there, but I do think this list of 100 Japanese words will get you really, really far, if for some reason you are limiting yourself to a mere 100 words.” Good to know. Just click here to learn all of those words!
Click here to read more neat news about travel and click here to submit your own photos, tracks and articles. Or just follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and Pinterest to stay updated all the time.