Questions in Japanese

How confident are you asking and answering questions in Japanese? How about when people are asking for personal information about you? It’s useful to be able to talk about yourself when you’re getting to know new people, speaking to an official person or filling out a form. Whatever the situation, the Rocket Japanese team have created this free audio lesson to make it easier for you.

Perhaps you’re booking into a hotel, or going for an interview. You’ll probably be asked some basic personal questions in Japanese like “what is your name?” “where are you from?” or “what is your date of birth?” These are all useful things to be able to talk about for everyday conversations as well, so how about we get started…

Pronunciation help for questions in Japanese

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Japanese question words

Map of Japan

Responding to Japanese questions

When you’re responding, you can follow one of the simple formats below. Just insert the appropriate information in the brackets. When you talk about your date of birth you have to add the ending after year, month, and day – nen – gatsu – nichi or ka, accordingly to the number. For example: “Watashi no tanjyō bi wa 1984-nen Go-gatsu Itsu-ka desu.” (05.04.1984).

Japanese writing

Filling out forms in Japanese

If you find yourself being asked to fill out forms with your personal details, you won’t get the complete questions that you’ve studied above. Instead, you’ll get short words or phrases.

That's it for this lesson! I hope you enjoyed it.

Find out all about asking Japanese questions in this series of lessons. Make sure you listen to the audio and practice your Japanese pronunciation. And do the Japanese tests at the end of each lesson to reinforce your knowledge of Japanese questions!

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