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Podcast 14: Talking on the phone in Japanese

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Talking on the Phone in Japanese

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In this podcast, Ami and I, teach you some fun conversations you can have with your friends in Japanese.  The first thing you need to know when speaking on the phone in Japanese is the word Moshi moshi which is hello but used exclusively for the phone. You can use this for both casual and polite conversations.

Listen to the podcast and read the dialogs below to get a better idea of how to have a conversation on the phone in Japanese with your friends.

Phone Dialog 01

Dialog 01
Japanese Pronunciation English
A: もしもし Moshi moshi Hello
B: もしもし、あみ元気? Moshi moshi, Ami genki? Hello, how are you Ami?
A: 元気だよ Genki da yo I’m good.
B: 最近どう? Saikin dō? How have you been recently?
A: 最近は仕事漬けの毎日! Saikin wa shigotozuke no mainichi! Recently, I’ve been so busy at work.
B: そうなんだ……大変だね。 Sō nan da…Taihen da ne. Oh really…that’s tough.
A: 全然平気! Zenzen heiki! I’m totally fine!

Phone Dialog 02

Dialog 02
Japanese Pronunciation English
A: もしもし Moshi moshi Hello
B: もしもし、あみ元気? Moshi moshi, Ami genki? Hello, how are you Ami?
A: 元気だよ Genki da yo I’m good.
B: 最近どう? Saikin dō? How have you been recently?
A: 最近、彼女ができたよ Saikin kanojo ga dekita yo Recently I got a new girlfriend
B: そうなんだ!良かったね! Sō nan da! Yokatta ne! Oh really? That’s great!
A: 毎日楽しすぎる! Mainichi tanoshisugiru! It’s so much fun everyday!

 

Phone Dialog 03

 

Dialog 03
Japanese Pronunciation English
A: もしもし Moshi moshi Hello
B: もしもし、あみ元気? Moshi moshi, Ami genki? Hello, how are you Ami?
A: 元気だよ Genki da yo I’m good.
B: 最近どう? Saikin dō? How have you been recently?
A: 最近、ジムに通い出したよ Saikin jimu ni kayoidashita yo Recently I started going to the gym.
B: そうなんだ!良いね! Sō nan da! Ii ne! Oh really? That’s good!
A: 毎日筋肉痛がやばいよ! Mainichi kinnikutsuu ga yabai yo! The muscle soreness is really bad everyday!

 

Extra Phone Phrases

携帯電話 – Keitai denwa – Mobile phone

携帯番号 – Keitai bangō – Mobile number

メアド – Meado – Mail address

待受画面 – Machiukegamen – Standby screen (for phone)

写メ – Shame – Mobile phone picture

スマホ – Sumaho – Smart Phone

ガラケー – Garakeh – Flip phone

 

Polite Phone Phrases

田中さんはいらっしゃいますか – Tanaka san wa irasshaimasu ka

Is Tanaka san there?  / Can I speak to Mr. Tanaka?

 

田中は出かけております – Tanaka wa dekakete orimasu.

Tanaka is out right now.

 

伝言をお願いします – Dengon o onegaishimasu.

Can I leave a message please?

 

折り返しお電話いただけますか – Orikaeshi odenwa itadakemasu ka?

Could you ask them to call me back please?

 

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