What are some of useful sentences and phrases?

Hello all!,

I am attempting to do some sentence mining and thought I would reach out to the wonderful community for some sentences and phrases you find yourself using often. Feel free to correct any if needed

Here are a few of mine:

今日は何をしましたか?What did you do today?
しょうがない - It cannot be helped
そうなんだ?- Is that so? or Oh Really
分かる ‐ I understand
7ヶ月間日本語を勉強してます。 - I have been studying Japanese for 7 months
僕の日本語を上手じゃないです - My Japanese is not good

Feel free to add on, correct, or write some answers to some of these.

Thanks Everyone!

*EDIT: After some feedback, i’ve decided to add some specific scenarios. I attend a few Kaiwa (Conversation) clubs rather frequently and find myself on several topics rather often. Here are a few of them:

Study Habits
Japanese culture Intrest

I’m mainly looking for icebreaker/ watercooler conversation that would be helpful when you first meet someone. These are questions and responses.

Some phrases I have are:

Whats your favorite food?
Whats your favorite drink?
Whats your favorite alcohol?
What did you do today?
Where are you from?
I am from San Diego
I like ramen and okonomiyaki
I went to japan last year and I really love japan.strong text

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You might want to consider narrowing the scope a bit?

For example:


Are two of the most useful phrases I know. But if you don’t live in Japan they probably won’t come up much.


Thank you for your response.

I go to a couple Kaiwa clubs which is where I use a lot of my sentences.
Yet, I’m very interested in everyone’s useful phrases.
I shop at a lot of Japanese restaurants and grocery stores, also I’m going to Japan in April so both of these phrases will be helpful :smiley:

I went to Japan recently and I used these 2 extensively:

「xxxはどこですか?」 – Where is xxx? [Asking for directions]
「xxxはありますか?」 – Is there xxx? [Usually when I’m looking for a particular item in a store. Or as I point to an image from my phone]

(Side note: Is「xxxがありますか?」more correct? The use of particle が is mentioned in the textbook I am using (Genki) for あります. However, my Japanese friend corrected me to use は instead. Rather confused and would appreciate any help!)

Which is more correct depends on the context. If you want to read through a Japanese answer I like this one. But I feel like personally が in those questions implies that you have reason to believe that it is there while は is a more general question.

I’m using Genki as well but there difference between が and は is rather simplified
(many books assuming that knowledge of this comes with time…)

Anyway if you want to know more about them I found this video very useful


Misa is super useful!


The three magic words that will get you through any conceivable social situation:



To me this sounds a little tight/serious. More commonly you’ll hear/use:
分かりました (more polite - indicating you understand the information you’re being told)
分かりますよ (slightly more casual, like “OK, I got it!”)

If you wanna level up your casual slangy response repertoire, may I recommend:

マジ(ですか)!? - omg! / no way! / are you serious? / you’re kidding me!! / REALLY?!
うそ! Lies! / it must be a joke / you’ve gotta be kidding me / No way! / really?
やばい - the ultimate multi-purpose reaction word. Meaning ranges depending on situation from extremely amazing/cool to horribly awful / no way.
無理 - impossible! / no way (used in situations where you feel you can’t do something for whatever reason)
いい(です)よ! - OK! No problem! Sure!
すごい・すげー! - WOW! / Amazing! / Wonderful! / Great! (the latter is wayyy more casual)

Other things I use all the time:
そのままでいいです - I’ll take it as it is (ex: I don’t need a shopping bag)
その時に~~ - At that time ~~ (I was ~~ing. Usually used when telling a story or recapping an event)

すみません! - Excuse me / I’m sorry
すみませんが。。。- I’m sorry to bother you, but…

どうした? - What happened? / What’s up? / What do you need?
分かった! - I’ve got it! / I have an idea! (lightbulb moments)

どうすればいいですか? - What should I do? (Used when you’re not sure what the next step should be)
もし大丈夫なら。。。 - If it’s okay…
もし時間があれば、~~。 - If there’s time, ~~. (If you have time)
もしよかったら。。。 - If you’d like…

どこ行けばいいですか?(どこ行ったらいいですか?)- Where can/should I go? (when asking for a recommendation.)

やっぱり! - I knew it / As expected…
もちろん - Of course

(すみません)ちょっと質問がありますけど。。。 - (Excuse me) I have a question

今日のえいぎょうじかんは何時までですか? - What time are you open until today?
(stores/shops re:business hours)

It would be easier if you needed phrases for a specific situation,
but that’s what I’ve got off the top of my head! :sparkles:


After moving to Japan, the very first word/phrase that I learned was 大丈夫(だいじょうぶ).

I think I use it almost every day.

Need to agree to something? 大丈夫
Need to reject something? いや、大丈夫
Need to question if something is alright? 大丈夫ですか

It’s easily my go-to phrase. I most likely overuse it and put it in places where it sounds unnatural, but it’s working for me so far!

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How has よろしくお願いします not been mentioned yet? I’d never survive without it. :rofl:

These are all really awesome! Thanks a lot everyone.

@mochipochi @taoreegar @EiriMatsu @Belthazar @chrisjwelly @Syphus These are all really amazing! Thanks for all the phrases! I’ll edit for some more specifics that will be helpful also.

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Aye, same here. A couple of times after saying 大丈夫, I realised that saying いいえ、結構です would probably have been better.

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I find
is particularly useful at parties.


You’re a true champion for this!

吾輩は猫である :smiley:

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I make no claims about the quality of my grammar.

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