How to Say Happy in Japanese: 11 Ways

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If you go to Japan, hopefully you will experience a lot of happy times during your visit!  But how would you express this happiness in Japanese conversations? The two most common ways to say ‘happy’ in Japanese are ureshii (嬉しい / うれしい) and shiawase (幸せ / しあわせ). Generally, ureshii describes that temporary feeling of joy … Read more

How to Say ‘My Name Is’ in Japanese: Introduce Yourself Like a Native!

a hand holding up a blank name badge reading 'hello my name is' against a light blue background.

Once you’ve got the basic greetings covered in Japanese you are ready to engage in conversations and make new friends! When meeting someone for the first time they may ask you: anata no namae wa nan desu ka? (あなたの名前はなんですか / あなたのなまえはなんですか) meaning ‘what is your name?’. In this post, you will learn just how to … Read more