ThePete's 12 Second Japanese Lesson #10 Please on

Here's the hiragana for this lesson:


Here's the romaji:

onegai (oh-neh-ga-ee)

The "shimas" on the end is to be a little less informal. That looks like this in hiragana:


and in romaji:


Lots of times in Japanese you drop the final vowel sound from the end of words. Like that last "す" or "su".

Actually, lots of times throughout a word in Japanese you'll drop vowels. The word you say when you love someone is "daisuki" but sounds more like the English words: "die" and "ski" shoved together.

So, the full phrase to be generally polite when asking for something is:


or in romaji:

onegaishimasu (oh-neh-ga-ee-shee-mah-su)

But you can probably get away with just the "onegai" with friends and maybe even strangers. I've always heard they let gaijin (foreigners) get away with stuff. :)

That's it for Lesson 10!

To learn more Japanese online, I recommend checking out Alex Brooke's (also visit his site to check out what else he's up to). You might also check out or pick up the book Japanese from Zero: Volume 1 if you want to learn offline.

Did I get something wrong? Tell me! I've got a LOT to learn still, so please help me and others by commenting. ありがとうございます! (arigatou gozaimasu - thank you very much!)