List of Expressions for JLPT N5

All expressions for the JLPT N5

Here is a list of expressions relevant for the JLPT N5. This list was created based on historical tests since no official lists are published. Press the share button on the button of the list and select the printer symbol for a printer friendly view.

Kanji どうもありがとうございます。
Furigana どうもありがとうございます。
Romaji doumo arigatou gozaimasu.
English Thank you very much.

Kanji いただきます。
Furigana いただきます。
Romaji itadakimasu.
English literally: “I start eating”. You say this before you start eating like an announcement.

Kanji いらっしゃいませ。
Furigana いらっしゃいませ。
Romaji irasshaimase.
English Welcome (to our shop). You will hear this almost every time to enter a shop or restaurant in Japan.

Kanji (では)お元気で。
Furigana (では)おげんきで。
Romaji (dewa) o genki de.
English literally: stay healthy. A way of saying good bye.

Kanji お願いします。
Furigana おねがいします。
Romaji onegai shimasu.
English Please (do this for me)

Kanji お早うございます。
Furigana おはようございます。
Romaji ohayou gozaimasu.
English Good morning.

Kanji お休みなさい。
Furigana おやすみなさい。
Romaji oyasumi nasai.
English Good night.

Kanji ごちそうさまでした。
Furigana ごちそうさまでした。
Romaji gochisousama deshita.
English Literally: thank you for the food. You say this when you leave a restaurant or when a waiter takes away finished plates from the table. In private you also say this when you get invited by someone at home or eating outside.

Kanji こちらこそ。
Furigana こちらこそ。
Romaji kochirakoso.
English It is I who should say so.

Kanji ごめんなさい。
Furigana ごめんなさい。
Romaji gomennasai.
English I am sorry.

Kanji 今日は。
Furigana こんにちは。
Romaji konnichi wa.
English Hello, have a good day.

Kanji 今晩は。
Furigana こんばんは。
Romaji konban wa.
English Good evening.

Kanji さようなら。
Furigana さようなら。
Romaji sayounara.
English Good bye. (farewell)

Kanji 失礼します or 失礼しました。
Furigana しつれいします or しつれいしました。
Romaji shitsurei shimasu or shitsurei shimashita.
English Literally: “I will commit a rudeness / I committed a rudeness”. It is most often used when asking someone to make space or when you really want to apologize for something.

Kanji すみません。
Furigana すみません。
Romaji sumimasen.
English excuse me. This is a lighter form of “shitsurei shimasu.”

Kanji では、また。
Furigana では、また。
Romaji dewa, mata.
English See you later.

Kanji (いいえ)どういたしまして。
Furigana (いいえ)どういたしまして。
Romaji (iie) dou itashimashite.
English (Not at all), it’s my pleasure.

Kanji 初めまして。
Furigana はじめまして。
Romaji hajimemashite.
English Nice to meet you.

Kanji どうぞよろしく。
Furigana どうぞよろしく。
Romaji douzo yoroshiku.
English pleased to meet you.


  1. A few errors here:

    The romaji for ごちそうさまでした says kochisou, should be gochisou

    Dou itashimashita should be Dou itashimashite.

    Also shitsurei shimasu ‘literally’ means “commit / will commit rudeness”

    Hope you can incorporate the corrections. It’s a useful article!


    • Nicolas says:


      thank you very much for pointing out the two spelling mistakes. I immediately fixed it.
      As for shitsurei shimasu, I only partially agree. 失礼します means “I will commit a rudeness.” However 失礼しました is past and means “I did commit a rudeness”. But in any case I will improve the translation in the post.

      Thanks again for your attentive reading.


  2. Help please says:

    Please help answer the
    following japanese language questions:
    1.Translate into japanese:
    ms.Smith could not eat the
    food without a spoon and
    2. Give meaning of the
    following words and
    Atsukunarimasu, kakemasu,
    yoyaku, yowai.
    3. Fill in the blanks by
    choosing the correct
    A) kanji __ 50 gurai
    kakemasu (ga, ni, wo, to)
    B) basu __ norimasu (ni,
    de, wo, ga)
    C) kono kare (curry) wa
    karai __ oishii (demo, kedo,
    kute, tari)
    4. Choose the appropriate
    reply/expression for the
    Nihon de eigo wo benkyou
    shiteiru gakusei mo raten-
    go(latin) wo benkyou
    shiteiru hito mo imasu. A)
    hontou desu ka. B) sore wa
    omoshiroi desu ne. C) hai,
    Please answer i will be grateful to you

  3. I really like it. Thanks

  4. nice! thanks 🙂

  5. Thank you! Very useful.

  6. ms.Smithは食べることができなかった

  7. ありか゛と。。。。


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