How to say maybe in Japanese: Tabunn

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How to say maybe in Japanese: Tabunn

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

To say maybe in Japanese: Tabunn
Say it out loud: “Tah Bunn

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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 maybe in other languages!

Arabic–Robbama  (rob ba ma)
Chinese–Yǒu Kěnéng  (Yo Kuh Nuhng)
Croatian–možda  (moash duh)
Czech–možná  (moez nahh)
Finnish–ehkä  (eh kah)
French–Peut-être  (puh tet huh)
German–vielleicht  (vill eyesht)
Italian–forse  (for seh)
Japanese–Tabunn  (Tah Bunn)
Korean–Amado  (Ah Ma Do)
Polish–może  (mo' zheh)
Portuguese–Pode Ser  (po jee sehr)
Russian–mozhet byt'  (moh zhet byt)
Spanish–tal vez  (tahl vays)
Swahili–pengine  (pen gee' nay)
Thai–Na Cha Dai  (NAH ja DAI)
Turkish–belki  (bell kee)
Vietnamese–Có Thể  (Caw Te)

In every culture, courtesy goes a long way in eliciting the help that you need in your travel adventure. "maybe" (Tabunn) is another courtesy phrase among many that you can learn in Japanese.

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Biography: Kanako Tokuno is a marketing adviser and translator living in New York City. Kanako graduated with BAs in International Relations from both Ritsumeikan University and American University in 2008 through a Dual Degree program. After experiencing sales and marketing jobs in the electronics and cosmetics industries in Japan, Kanako moved to New York City, where she is currently involved in multiple projects as a freelancer.
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