Top Ten Essential Japanese Phrases, Vol. 1

Live long and prosper!

To whom do I have the pleasure of speaking?

Let us adjourn to a rest area for further deliberation.

Why, hello, young lady! Would you care to join me for a meal?

Where are you from?

It/That’s not my shitta koto.

I am continually impressed with the work of women and minorities.

Is this a pen?

Are you neteru with him?


  15 comments for “Top Ten Essential Japanese Phrases, Vol. 1

  1. Dmitry
    March 26, 2014 at 00:36

    That’s wonderful, but why the essential body parts aren’t mentioned anywhere? You’re supposed to use gestures or something for that? :)

  2. Amir
    March 26, 2014 at 01:08


  3. cel pintat de vermell
    March 26, 2014 at 05:53

    This makes me want to read vol.2.

  4. Jonathan
    March 26, 2014 at 10:40

    毎日釣るカッチャン <3

  5. Erik
    March 26, 2014 at 14:25


  6. The Real CZ
    March 26, 2014 at 15:09



  7. チャック
    March 26, 2014 at 15:23

    Hah, nice! This shows how well anime works. Despite being an early stages Heisig noob, the kanji in the first line was somehow recognisable from デスノート and ブリーチ :)

  8. kakashi
    March 26, 2014 at 23:17

    Khatz, thanks for these phrases. It appears some of them are untranslated, such as this one:

    Are you neteru with him?

    • Mariah
      March 27, 2014 at 11:27

      That purposely “translated” to say that.

  9. 無神論者
    March 27, 2014 at 01:52

    こっ これは!

  10. nepohcaep
    March 27, 2014 at 18:07

    Thank for this phrase.

  11. kai
    March 28, 2014 at 03:00

    Good stuff. I’ve always wanted to express a thought like “live long and prosper” in Japanese, So I think I’ll try the [死ね!] the next time someone does something nice for me ;)

  12. Thequadehunter
    March 28, 2014 at 03:56

    I can just imagine someone smiling and saying 死ね to some shopkeeper on their way out the door after reading this.

  13. Abby
    March 29, 2014 at 05:59

    Oh, beautiful, I’m dying here!
    Can’t wait for the next volume. :D

  14. 魔法少女☆かなたん
    March 31, 2014 at 14:18


    You’re a terrible person, making me laugh at something so mean.

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