Useful Phrases in Japanese



  English is notorious for borrowing words from foreign languages in order to spice up daily speech or convey an idea that the English language hasn’t made a word for. Today, Sakura Publishing founder and CEO Derek Vasconi is sharing one such word with us that not only gets the point across much more efficiently than in English, but also adds some flavor to your conversations.  In Japan, people say “shoganai” whenever they are in a situation that is inescapable, or discussing some outcome that is inevitable.  For example, if your friend says that he didn’t study for today’s test and will likely not pass, you could respond “shoganai”.  It’s a very common phrase and used almost daily by Japanese speakers.  It is somewhat similar to the French “c’est la vie” (“that’s life”).


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