Asking direction in Japanese

Minasan Ogenki desuka?
ここは今日も雨です。koko wa kyoo mo ame desu.
Today is rain again here. ☔️

Today’s YT Live lesson topic is “Asking direction in Japanese”.
Have you ever lost in Japan? If so, how did you manage to survive?

In this lesson, I introduced useful phrases asking direction and must-know vocabularies and phrases in order to understand
the responses by the Japanese.

Let’s check it out!

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道のきき方  Michi no kiki-kata  How to ask direction

  • Vocabulary & Phrases
    • どこ doko   where
    • どこですか。Doko desu ka?  Where is it?
    • どこですか。~wa doko desu ka?   Where is ~ ?
    • すみません、はどこですか。
      Sumimasen, 〜wa doko desu ka?   Excuse me, where is ~ ?
    • スーパー suupaa    supermarket
    • こうばん kooban    police box
    • えき eki     station
    • ゆうびんきょく yuubinkyoku    post office
    • こうえん kooen    park
    • ぎんこう ginkoo   bank
    • へは どうやって いきますか。~ e wa dooyatte  ikimasu ka?  How do I get to ~ ?

😃 Now you can ask:

1.Where is the post office?

2.Where is the police box?

3.Where is the train station?

Vocabularies and phrases you need to know in order to understand the response (by the Japanese)

    • みち michi  road/street
    • このみち kono michi   this road
    • まっすぐ massugu    straight
    • いきます ikimasu     go
    • いって  itte    go and then..
    • いってください itte kudasai    Please go
    • みぎ   migi       right
    • ひだり hidari     left
    • まえ  mae    front
    • うしろ ushiro    back/behind
    • となり tonari     next/ neighbour
    • ちかく chikaku    near
    • かど  kado          corner
    • しんごう shingoo     traffic light
    • こうさてん koosaten    junction
    • つぎ   tsugi       next

Asking direction and its sample answers

  • Q: すみませんはどこですか  Sumimasen, ~ wa doko desu ka?  Excuse me, where is ~?
    • まっすぐ いってください  massug itte kudasai. Please go straight.
    • このみちを まっすぐいってください    kono michi o massugu itte kudasai.  Please go straight this road. 
    • この道を まっすぐいって、みぎです。   Kono michi o massugu itte, migi desu.   Go straight this road, then it’s on the right. 
    • この道を まっすぐいって、ひだりですKono michi o massugu itte, hidari desu.   Go straight this road, then it’s on the left. 
    • つぎの しんごうの かどです。Tsugi no shingoo no kado desu.  It’s at the corner of the next traffic light.
    • つぎの こうさてんの かどです。Tsugi no koosaten no kado desu.It’s at the corner of the next junction
    • えきの まえです。 Eki no mae desu. It’s in front of the station
    • スーパーのうしろです。Suupaa no ushiro desu.   It’s behind the supermarket.

  • More vocabularies
    • ひとつめ  hitotsu-me   1st.
    • ふたつめ  futatsu-me   2nd. 
    • みっつめ  mittu-me      3rd.
    • よっつめ  yottu-me       4th.
    • まがります  magarimasu   turn
    • まがって magatte   turn, then..

    e.g. ふたつめの しんごうを みぎへまがって まっすぐいくと、ひだりにあります。
          futatsu-me no shingoo o migi e magatte massugu iku to, hidari ni arimasu.
    If you turn right at the 2nd traffic light and go straight, then it’s on the left. 

れんしゅうしましょう! Renshuu shimashoo.  Let’s practise!
map how to get to

  1. Ask:   Where is _____   and  Answer the questionA: 〜 は どこですか。~ wa doko desu ka?

    B: _______________


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