Get Acquainted with the Basics of Learning Useful Japanese Verbs


If you are learning a language for the first time, even though you have been investing countless hours in studying it in Japanese classes, you need to review the basics every now and then to stay consistent on the track.

Here is a review on introducing yourself in Japanese for the first time and much more!

Your introduction

When visiting Japan, you will need to introduce yourself to a Japanese person and what country you are from. To be ready for the same, have a look at the basics:

  1. Hajimemashite! はじめまして!
    Nice to meet you!
  2. Watashi wa _______ desu. わたしは_________です。
    I am _________.
  3. Watashi no namae wa ______ desu. わたしのなまえは_______です。
    My name is ___________.
  4. [Country name] kara kimashita. _________からきました。
    I came from [country name].
  5. Yoroshiku onegaishimasu! よろしくおねがいします!

It doesn’t have an English equivalent, but it usually means, “I look forward to our relationship.”

Most Useful Japanese Verbs

  • Taberu (食べる) : to eat
  • Nomu (飲む): To drink. The masu form of Nomu is Nomimasu 飲みます. When you add ka (か) to it, it becomes a question.
  • Suru (する) : To do
  • Iru (いる) : To exist. Japanese language differentiates between living and non-living objects by using iru (いる) or to exist. Iru (いる) is used for living beings.
  • Aru (ある): To exist. Here Aru (ある) is used for non-living objects like tables, chairs etc.
  • Wakaru (分かる): To understand.
  • Miru (見る): To see.

  • Iku (行く): To go. When it comes to inviting someone to do something, you need to turn the verb in its negative form, meaning the ‘Masen’ form. The same goes for English as well, when we say to be polite, “Shall we not go together?” or in Japanese “Ikimasen ka?”
  • Kuru (来る): To come.
  • Matsu (待つ: To wait.