We are on Kauai, leaving for Japan next Friday morning. What I gather from reading blogs and articles is that less English is spoken (and written) in Japan than most of our other Asian destinations. So it becomes imperative to learn some basics – to at least be polite when in this English language bubble.
Here’s what we do – the SpeakSheets go up on the fridge. We have both Basics and Food sheets for each of our languages. At any time of day, we walk by, sound out a word and share it with each other.
Today’s word? Sumimasen
(pronounced soo me mah sin
), which means “excuse me,” including to get by – helpful on a train!
Last night I tried out “check, please” (chekku, onegai shimasu) on the sushi chef in Kapa’a. He clasped his hands together, bowed and got our check. Little victory! So excited to experience Osaka, Kyoto and Nara. Travel is a blessing.