How to say please in Japanese: Onegai Shimasu

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How to say please in Japanese: Onegai Shimasu

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

To say please in Japanese: Onegai Shimasu
Say it out loud: “Oh Neh Gai Shee Mass

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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 please in other languages!

Arabic–Arjuk / Men fadlak  (ar juk / men fad lak)
Chinese–Qǐng  (Ching)
Croatian–molim  (moe leem)
Czech–Prosim  (pro SEEM)
Finnish–kiitos  (kee eh tos)
French–S'il vous plaît  (see voo play)
German–bitte  (bit tuh)
Italian–Per favore  (pear fa vor reh)
Japanese–Onegai Shimasu  (Oh Neh Gai Shee Mass)
Korean–Butakhaeyo.  (Boo Taak Hae Yo.)
Polish–proszę  (pro' sheh)
Portuguese–Por Favor  (pohr fah vohr)
Russian–Pozhaluysta  (Pah zhah looy stah)
Spanish–por favor  (pore fah vore)
Swahili–tafadhali  (tah fah dah lee)
Thai–Chuai  (CHOO-ai)
Turkish–lütfen  (loot fahn)
Vietnamese–Làm Ơn  (Lam Uhn)

When communicating with people it's important you learn how to use courtesy phrases such as "please" (Onegai Shimasu). This courtesy phrase can be used to show politeness or when requesting for something e.g. " "please" (Onegai Shimasu) notify me when the next bus arrives" or " could you take me deeper into the forest next time "please" (Onegai Shimasu)?" Get instant access to the Japanese Language Set.

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