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Top 20 Most Requested Translations: English to Japanese

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Top 20 Most Requested Translations: English to Japanese

Unlike many other languages, Japanese uses three unique alphabets: Kanji, Hiragana and Katakana. From our research and experience translating English and Japanese, we have found that the 20 most requested translations for this language pair are the following.

Top 20 Requested Phrases:

English

Japanese

Hello

こんにちは

Goodbye

さようなら

Merry Christmas

メリークリスマス

Happy Holidays

N/A (There’s no such saying in Japanese – Merry Christmas is used)

Happy Birthday

お誕生日おめでとう

Happy New Year

明けましておめでとうございます or 謹賀新年

Congratulations

おめでとう

What time is it?

今、何時ですか。

Where is the bathroom?

トイレはどこですか?

My name is…

私の名前は…です。

What is your name?

あなたのお名前は?

Peace

平和

Welcome

ようこそ

Thank you.

ありがとう

You are welcome

どういたしまして

Where can I find a hospital?

病院はどこですか。

Where can I find a bank?

銀行はどこですか。

Where can I find a good restaurant?

おいしいレストランはありませんか。

Where can I find a taxi?

タクシーにはどこで乗れますか。

Where can I find an airport?

空港はどこですか。

There are other words that are commonly translated, like numbers and months, for content that includes things like dates and time.

Translations of 1 to 20:

Kanji

Hiragana

Kanji

Hiragana

Kanji

Hiragana

Kanji

Hiragana

1

いち

6

ろく

11

十一

じゅういち

16

十六

じゅうろく

2

7

なな(しち)

12

十二

じゅうに

17

十七

じゅうなな

(じゅうしち)

3

さん

8

はち

13

十三

じゅうさん

18

十八

じゅうはち

4

よん(し)

9

きゅう(く)

14

十四

じゅうよん

(じゅうし)

19

十九

じゅうく

(じゅうきゅう)

5

10

じゅう

15

十五

じゅうご

20

二十

にじゅう

Months of the year:

January 1月
February 2月
March 3月
April 4月
May 5月
June 6月
July 7月
August 8月
September 9月
October 10月
November 11月
December 12月

Globalization does not mean just translating a source language into the target language, it also means knowing and understanding the cultural differences and similarities.  It is important to understand the cultures so that you can make the translation suitable to the target audience. By being aware of the most commonly requested phrases for translation, you begin to understand how to communicate with your potential customers.