In our last lesson, we looked at 10 useful phrases for going to a Japanese Izakaya.In this lesson we’ll be looking at the top 10 most useful Japanese phrases for dating in Japan.

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I created this list from watching too many cheesy Japanese TV dramas, listening to J-pop songs and of course real life conversations with people here in Japan.

I also interviewed a few Japanese friends who were kind enough to tell me which phrases were more natural and commonly used.

Interestingly, I also learned which phrases were a little old fashioned or not used at all anymore. According to my Japanese friends, another classic phrase that is often taught to ask someone out is お茶しませんか ocha shimasen ka – Won’t you have tea with me?

I highly doubt these phrases will guarantee you romantic success with the opposite sex directly. After a rather long debate with friends and one too many glasses of sake we came to this conclusion: It’s a phrase that usually implies you are asking someone out on a date.

However, you’ll probably inspire a few chuckles from your Japanese friends who might say 変な外人 hen na gaijin (weird foreigner). So for all you rose-in-mouth Romeos and Juliet sans, here are my top 10 Japanese phrases for dating in Japanese. However, it depends on the context of the situation and it might not be used so much by young people in their teens or twenties any more.

Note: When agreeing to someone’s invitation you can say いいね ii ne which literally means “it’s good”. Note: 遊びにいかない asobi ni ikanai literally means “Won’t you come out and play?Incidentally, いいね is what’s written on the “Like” button on Facebook in Japan. It means someone like “by all means” or in this case simply “Yes”. ” and is a very natural way to ask someone to hang out in Japanese.One last point is 食事 shokuji means food and depending on the context, it could refer to lunch or dinner. It’s used a lot in daily conversation and not just in a romantic setting.Note: You can use the phrase …でもどう demo dō to mean “How about doing …” as a way to ask someone out. Note: Again this is a useful phrase to say you are busy to turn down an invitation or appointment in various social situations.Just say the activity you’d like to do at the beginning of this phrase. You can also use it when you think the person asking you out on a date is a ghastly horror of a human being but you don’t want to be rude.Note: I asked my female Japanese friends about a compliment that would genuinely make them happy. I tend to believe them as Japanese women and even men take great pride in their appearance. You can add “kawaii yo ne” after the thing you are complementing.