June 14, 2021
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Learn Top 30 Japanese Questions & Answers Part 3

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Welcome to Part 3!

Read part 1 here and part 2 here!

You want to know Japanese questions! Good! knowing how to ask questions and and give answers is important to speaking and understanding Japanese. Why?

  • You’ll be asked questions.
  • You’ll need answers.
  • You’ll ask Japanese questions too.
  • And you’ll be speaking more Japanese.

Here’s part 3, the top 30 Japanese questions, really common ones, that you should know. About you. About your family, your preferences and more. You use them in English all the time. You should know them in Japanese too.

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Quick Introduction — How do you ask Japanese Questions?

The easiest way, and the one you’ll learn everywhere, is just by adding “ka” at the end of a sentence. What’s “Ka?” “Ka” is just a particle. It has no meaning. It’s like an unspoken question mark. If said, you automatically know you’re being asked a question.

  • Rule: To make questions, just add “Ka”
    • か (ka)
    • For example…
    • Alex です。
      • Alex desu (I’m Alex)
    • Alex ですか。
      • Alex desu ka? (Are you Alex?)

This is the most common, formal, casual, polite and accepted way of asking questions.

The Lesson — Learning Common Japanese Questions & Answers

21. What’s wrong? どうしたんですか。

You know, for when someone wants to say what’s wrong… but they keep dragging it out. Kind of like a vague Facebook status. Or, they literally feel bad and you’d need to ask them what’s wrong.

  • どうしたんですか。
  • Doushitan desu ka?

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Here’s how you can answer…

  • 大丈夫です。
  • Daijoubu desu.
  • I’m okay.
  • べつに。
  • Betsu ni.
  • Not much at all.
  • が壊れてしまいました!
  • iPhone ga kowarete shimaimashita!
  • My iPhone broke!
  • 財布を無くしてしまいました!
  • Saifu wo nakushite shimaimashita!
  • I lost my wallet!

22. How’s the weather? 天気はどうですか。

Weather is a universal conversation topic. The Japanese love their weather conversations. Be prepared to have all kinds of adjectives for the weather. So answering with an adjective would be great.

  • 天気はどうですか。
  • Tenki wa dou desu ka?

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Here are some answers to this question.

  • いい天気だな!
  • Ii tenki da na!
  • Great weather isn’t it!
  • 寒いです。
  • Samui desu!
  • It’s cold!
  • 暑いです。
  • Atsui desu!
  • It’s hot!
  • 蒸暑いです。
  • Mushiatsui desu.
  • It’s humid!

23. Are you hungry? お腹が空いていますか。

It’s a good question to know. We all like food. We all eat food. So, asking about this is not uncommon.

  • お腹が空いていますか。
  • Onaka ga aite imasu ka?

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To answer, try…

  • No.
  • Iie.
  • いいえ。
  • はい、おなかすいた。
  • Hai, onaka suita.
  • Yes, I’m hungry!
  • はい、食べに行きませんか。
  • Hai, tabeni ikimasenka?
  • Yes, shall we go eat?

24. What is this? これは何ですか。

Great question for beginners. Pointing and asking is a fast way to learn. Kind of how kids do it!

  • これは何ですか。
  • Kore wa nan desu ka?

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The format of the answer is easy:

  • これは(object)です。
  • Kore wa (object) desu.
  • This is a/an (object).

25. How do you call/say this in Japanese? 日本語でこれは何と言うんですか。

Again, if you don’t know how something is called, and it’s right in front of you, you can always ask. This is common among kids and should be a common question for learners.

  • 日本語でこれは何と言うんですか。
  • Nihongo de kore wa nanto iun desu ka?

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26. Whose is this? これは誰のですか。

Very basic stuff. Just in case you want to know who owns what.

  • これは誰のですか。
  • Kore wa dare no desu ka?

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You can answer with:

  • これは(person)のなんです。
  • Kore wa (person) no nan desu.
  • わかりません。
  • Wakarimasen.
  • I don’t know.

27. Who is that? あの人は誰ですか。

Just in case you see someone and you absolutely need to know who they are.

  • あの人は誰ですか。
  • Ano hito wa dare desu ka?

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Possible answers include:

  • あの人は(name)です。
  • Ano hito wa (name) desu.
  • That person is (name).
  • (name)です。
  • (name)desu.
  • That’s (name).

28. Have you ever been to Tokyo? 東京に行ったことがありますか。

You can replace Tokyo with any other place and ask that same question. (Place) ni itta koto ga arimasu ka?

  • 東京に行ったことがありますか。
  • Toukyou ni itta koto ga arimasu ka?

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To answer this…

  • はい。行ったことがあります。
  • Hai, itta koto ga arimasu.
  • Yes, I’ve been.
  • いいえ、行ったことがありません。
  • Iie, itta koto ga arimasen.
  • No, I’ve never been.

29. How much is this? これはいくらですか。

Another common question that you’ll want to know when you’re buying stuff in Japan.

  • これはいくらですか。
  • Kore wa ikura desu ka?

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The format for the response is…

  • (price)円です。
  • (price) en desu.
  • It’s (price) yen.

30. What do you do in your free time? 暇の時に何するんですか?

  • 暇の時に何するんですか?
  • Hima no toki ni, nani surun desu ka?

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Only because asking about “hobbies” feels like a very scripted, beginner question. When’s the last time you had someone ask you, “So, (name), what are YOUR hobbies?” Though, if you care to use it, I’ve reluctantly provided it below.

  • 趣味はなんですか。
  • Shumi wa nan desu ka? What are your hobbies?

So, how can you answer? Just follow the format below.

  • 暇の時に(activity) をしています。
  • Hima no toki (activity) wo shiteimasu.
  • In my free time, I do (activity).

For example….

  • 暇の時に日本語を勉強しています。
  • Hima no toki ni nihongo wo benyoushiteimasu.
  • I study Japanese in my free time.

Conclusion: Japanese Questions & Answers

That’s it for part 3!

These are the top questions that come up in conversations. It’s best to know Japanese questions and the answers to them if you want to improve.

Did I miss any? Any questions? Want more? Part 4 coming soon.

Leave a comment below, share this and learn more Japanese!

– The Junkie

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