How to say excellent in Japanese: Subarashii

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How to say excellent in Japanese: Subarashii

Learning Japanese for travel or study? Let’s try this term:

To say excellent in Japanese: Subarashii
Say it out loud: “Soo Bah Rah Shee

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Some more helpful words in our Japanese Courtesy/Questions category:

...the bathroom – Toire  (Toh Ee Reh)
come with me – Issho Ni Kite Kudasai  (Issho Nee Kee Teh Koo Dah Sai)
do you speak english? – Eigo Wo Hanashi Masuka?  (Eh Ee Goh Woh Hah Nah Shee Mass Kah?)
excellent – Subarashii  (Soo Bah Rah Shee)
excuse me – Sumimasen  (Soo Mee Mah Senn)
good / bad – Ii / Warui  (Ee /Wah Roo Ee)
how do you say…? – …Ha Dou Iimasuka?  (…Wah Dough Ee Mass Kah?)
how much is this? – Ikura Desuka?  (Ee Coo Rah Dess Kah?)
may I? (point at chair, door) – Ii Desuka?  (Ee Dess Kah?)
maybe – Tabunn  (Tah Bunn)
no problem – Mondai Arimasenn  (Mohn Dai Ah Ree Mah Senn)
please – Onegai Shimasu  (Oh Neh Gai Shee Mass)
sorry – Gomennasai  (Goh Men Nah Sai)
thank you – Arigato Gozaimasu  (Ah Ree Gah Tow Goh Zai Mass)
thanks – Arigato  (Ah Ree Gah Tow)
what is that? – Are Ha Nandesuka?  (Ah Reh Wah Nahnn Dess Kah?)
where is… – …Ha Doko Desuka?  (…Wah Docco Dess Kah?)
yes / no – Hai / Iie  (Hai / Ee-Eh)
you are welcome – Douitashimashite  (Dough Ee Tah Shee Mah Shee Teh)

And here’s how to say excellent in other languages!

Arabic–Mumtaz  (mum taz)
Chinese–Tǐng Hǎo  (Ting Hao)
Czech–výborný  (vee BOR nee)
Finnish–erinomainen  (eh rin om ah ih nen)
Japanese–Subarashii  (Soo Bah Rah Shee)
Korean–Aju Johayo.  (Ah Joo Jo Ah Yo.)
Polish–znakomity  (zna ko mee' ty)
Portuguese–Ótimo  (oh chee moo)
Russian–otlichno  (ah tlee chnah)
Swahili–bora  (boh rah)
Thai–Di Mak  (dee MAHK)
Vietnamese–Tuyệt Vời  (Dweeit Vuhy)

Learning how to say "excellent" in a foreign language is a great step up in your ability to communicate with some nuance. It shows enthusiasm for the situation, be it a response from a chef inquiring about a meal, or a fellow traveler asking about an island you visited. When the train arrives on time, when the meal is great, when the sunset view is amazing - excellent! Have an excellent trip, and keep SpeakSheets in mind for any languages you could use some help with.

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