Tag: Giving

Basic Guide to Giving and Receiving Directions in Japanese

When living the cheapo life, the final thing you want to do is get lost and be forced into a costly taxi ride. Building on final month’s guide to transport Japanese, in this post we’ll cover the basics of giving and receiving directions in Japanese so you can usually find your way to your location, with out paying for the privilege.

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Asking for Directions

Let’s begin off with the most fundamental question that you can use for all occasions:

English (E): Excuse me. Exactly where is …?
Japanese (J): Sumimasen. … wa doko desu ka?

If you want to be a bit a lot more fancy and specifically ask an individual how to get to a particular spot, you could say anything like this:

E: Excuse me. How do I get to …?
J: Sumimasen. … ni wa dōyatte ikimasu ka?

Police boxes are always a good place to ask for directions.

Police boxes are always great

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