useful app for travelers in Japan
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Nov 24, 2012 3:17 PM Last Post By: Glenski
Nov 18, 2012 12:57 PM
useful app for travelers in JapanHi,
I'm planing to travel to Japan for the first time in this December! I'm very excited about it, but I'm also a little bit worried because I can't speak Japanese at all.
I heard that it's not always easy to comunicate with Japanese people in English.
Could somebody recommend me a good iPhone app of Japanese for travelers or survival Japanese?
I'd like to use it of course in case of emergency, but I'd like to try to talk to Japanese people a little bit in their own language, too!
Thank you very much for your advice in advance!
Nov 18, 2012 5:13 PM
Nov 18, 2012 6:34 PM
Nov 19, 2012 1:59 AM
3Fully agree with Glenski.
As for phrases, the language section in your guidebook should be sufficient. In any case you would only say simple things if you also want to understand the reply.
I don't know all that much about iphones but as for travel in Japan they could be useful for accessing train timetables/connections and maps, so I would rather look in that direction than looking for an electronic phrasebook.
Nov 19, 2012 6:38 AM
4While it's true that you can get by just using English in major cities, I've often ran into situations where some simple Japanese phrases would have made life much easier. Recently I've stumbled upon a very interesting App that's pretty much perfect for your use-case. It's called "travel parrot". This app gives you lots of suggestions for holding up a simple conversation and the Japanese people I was able to talk to reacted very surprised and pleased - although I really don't speak Japanese much myself.
Check it out, they have a page I can't link here. Have a nice trip and good luck in Japan!
Nov 19, 2012 9:01 AM
5Thank you very much for your kind responses.
I'm relieved to hear that it must be no problem in English in major cities. I'm planing to go to only big cities such as Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Nara and Hiroshima for my first trip to Japan. I appreciate your reasonable advice!
Actually I'm also interested in learning Japanese. I'll use the app which you recommended. Thank you very much for your tipp!
Yes, as you say the language section in the guidebook would be actually sufficient for the content. Only if I could hear the correct pronunciation.. Apps for train timetables/connections and maps must be also useful. I'll look for them, too. Thank you very much for your advice!
I just checked out the app which you recommended. Wow, this is really what I imagined! I'm looking forward to seeing how much Japanese people understand my "Japanese". Thank you very much for the good info!
Nov 19, 2012 11:02 AM
Nov 19, 2012 12:16 PM
Nov 23, 2012 7:44 PM
8I'm also going to Japan at the end of the year, and I don't speak Japanese.. maybe we should meet up and get lost together? lol..
I'm planning to heavily use Google Translate app... You can say anything in your native language, and it will speak back in Japanese.. you can do it the other way around as well.. ask the person you're asking to speak into the phone in Japanese, then translate into your native language..
Another app that might be useful is Hyperdia, which contains information and timetable for trains and such..
Nov 24, 2012 3:45 AM
Nov 24, 2012 3:17 PM
10Japanese pronunciation is not that bad. They have fewer phonemes that English. The problem is when Japanese people speak English or Japanese-English words. You won't be able to understand something like "McDonalds", for example. ma-ku-do-na-ru-do (that's right, that many syllables and no S sound)
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