Health in Japanese
When you’re traveling in Japan you may need to visit a drugstore or a doctor, so it’s important to learn some basic words and phrases for to talk about health in Japanese. We hope you never need to use them, but check out this free audio lesson just in case.
What’s the Japanese word for hospital? How do you tell someone to call an ambulance, or explain to a doctor that your back hurts? After this lesson you’ll be able to describe your symptoms in Japanese, and know what to say in an emergency if necessary. In the unlikely event that you need to access health care if you’re feeling sick or get injured, let’s be prepared…
Talking about health in Japanese
おなか が 痛い です / いつう が します
お腹が痛いです / 胃痛がします
Onaka ga itai desu. / Itsū ga shimasu.
I have a stomachache
The following phrases are useful when describing where it hurts…
When you go to the doctor he or she will ask you about your symptoms…
Maybe you have an idea what’s wrong with you. You could say …
りゅうかん に かかって います / インフルエンザ に かかって います
流感に罹っています / インフルエンザに罹っています
Ryūkan ni kakkate imasu. / Infuruenza ni kakkate imasu.
I have the flu.
Maybe you cut yourself and all you need is a bandage, you might need some sleeping pills for a long haul flight or cough syrup. Here is what you have to say…
Here are some more general phrases and words…
If you need to call an ambulance you need to know the number. In Japan you need to call 119.
That’s it for today’s lesson. I hope you stay happy and healthy.