How Difficult is Travelling Japan without Japanese? | Travel Tips

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Комментарии • 3 950

  • Fluffy Waffles
    Fluffy Waffles 7 минут назад

    I get the feeling with how healthy and friendly people are in Japan compared to America, they're doing something right in their society. They are living how people are supposed to live.

  • Paradigm Fusion
    Paradigm Fusion 2 часа назад

    BASASHI!!!! Im still laughing LOL, didnt see that coming...

  • xtension xward
    xtension xward 21 час назад

    did it ever occur to you that most of the people took your question about salmon and bagel as a joke ? i think you chose to believe people are wrong just because it suits you ... the first statistic is true even if you dont like it :)

  • Nao Ando
    Nao Ando День назад

    I'm sorry if I'm being stupid here and talking about a joke, but apple is ringo in Japanese, isn't it?

  • kuan lin
    kuan lin 2 дня назад +1

    Japanese is basically a copy of Chinese. Hence being Chinese life is a lot easier.

  • O O
    O O 2 дня назад

    just stay around in large cities and famous travelling spots and you'll be fine.
    just don't go some backwater region and start talking 'foreign', yeah they're not gonna go panic or doing some hostile shit but chance of working out something is clearly not recommendable really.

  • JitterEye
    JitterEye 2 дня назад

    *S A K U R A N B U*

  • Clara W
    Clara W 2 дня назад

    1:57 I can absolutely agree with that statement. In Germany, the French are widely known as being very proud of their language and often unable or unwilling to speak another language , even when entering an exchange program with the major motive of getting to know the other country's culture and language better or even in business situations. It is fact that the French are trying to preserve their language by having a certain amount of the songs and shows presented via radio be in French by law. Now don't get me wrong, I love French as a language and I don't mean to offend anyone by any means, nor do I mean to adress all French people with this little bit of "critique" I've given since I have met both types of people, those unwilling or unable to speak another language and those trying their best to communicate in a different language. So yes, I can agree that the French are very proud of their own language and might get mad more easily if you are unable to speak French, but in the end no nation or country is safe from such people. The language barrier is still very much alive.

  • Spaceman X
    Spaceman X 2 дня назад

    That bankai though😂😂😂

  • Melexdra
    Melexdra 2 дня назад


  • Joe Sheen
    Joe Sheen 3 дня назад

    That awful horn sound you put simultaneously with surprising facts is the only reason why I watch your channel.

  • bullyoz1973
    bullyoz1973 3 дня назад

    Japanese are not overly confident speaking English however if you try communicating in Japanese they will soon realise their English is far superior to your Japanese.

  • Overwatch DVa
    Overwatch DVa 4 дня назад

    "They just wanted to be a delicious bagel. Don't ruin their dreams"-wife

  • kseniya pak
    kseniya pak 4 дня назад

    u re so funny! like ur videos and dream one day to visit Japan! ...and omg u sound and sort of look like my professor in strategy!

  • Rico Suave
    Rico Suave 4 дня назад

    Lmao dribble coffee

  • Oliver Keenan
    Oliver Keenan 5 дней назад

    Studied English for 6 years and can't speak or listen to it? that's nothing, All of Ireland studies the Irish language for 14 years and about 90% of people leave school not being able to speak a word of it.

  • Aliya Sorlu
    Aliya Sorlu 5 дней назад

    @abroadinjapan. I have a wuestion for you Cris. Is it possible for a person from Sweden that has graduated from an international school with an IB diploma to become an english teacher in Japan

  • Gigi Dugas
    Gigi Dugas 5 дней назад

    I'm French and lemme tell you, they can be serious jerks. But when you do speak the language they transform into a different species because they are so excited that you learned it.

  • Kevin Lim
    Kevin Lim 6 дней назад +1

    Good thing chinese characters are somewhat similar to kanji characters Xd

  • zambe
    zambe 6 дней назад

    i found japanese sugar that said
    delicious of nature

  • TimmyNumNums
    TimmyNumNums 7 дней назад

    How do you convert US dollars into Yen?

  • Leuchte Leon
    Leuchte Leon 7 дней назад

    Why is the Title in German?

  • Phillip Lee
    Phillip Lee 7 дней назад

    Don’t worry you can also say cherry.

  • Hidden Artist
    Hidden Artist 7 дней назад

    This is good to know! But I'm still going to learn at least the basics before I go (it's a little rule I have. I need to know the basics before I go and travel, mainly cause I like learning languages lmao)

  • Holly Plyler
    Holly Plyler 8 дней назад

    You can say "cherii" for cherry.

  • Melon Eiei
    Melon Eiei 8 дней назад

    Beef is bifu
    So thats where wifu from?

  • Negentropic
    Negentropic 8 дней назад

    "It is still English, though not as we know it" hahhaha

  • Chiara Rossi
    Chiara Rossi 8 дней назад

    French people generally want you to know french and understand them talking pretty fast. But when they go abroad they cannot buy an ice cream in English like a normal person.

  • Meghan Rhodes
    Meghan Rhodes 8 дней назад

    Thanks to your videos, my friends and I have decided to travel to Japan this month. Thank you so much for making your videos so fun, and educational. We will be in Osaka, so if you get the chance while biking Japan, hit us up. We'll buy lunch!

  • Robert Day
    Robert Day 8 дней назад

    The horse gag killed me.

  • Myra Michaelis
    Myra Michaelis 9 дней назад

    I had an ad with budget ryotaro in it. lol

  • dεΙτα
    dεΙτα 9 дней назад

    french people are like " youre in my country speak my language".

  • Donelle Anderson
    Donelle Anderson 10 дней назад

    France lol

  • TokyoProdigy
    TokyoProdigy 10 дней назад

    I love this channel so much

  • B. v. Alem
    B. v. Alem 11 дней назад

    I didn't actually notice the language barrier at train stations at all, even at somewhat smaller stations. Most maps had furagana.
    Also, use the app, ao you have maps and navigation everywhere, even without internet

  • The Shadow Man
    The Shadow Man 12 дней назад

    Easiest thing in the world in Japan

  • Omega Wolf
    Omega Wolf 13 дней назад

    When I heard you telling the names of the foods I decided I'd test my Japanese. But I guess I lost hope when you said アップル....

  • Harmless Burke
    Harmless Burke 13 дней назад

    Since you brought up French people, I'll tell a little story about our Beyond Band of Brothers tour across Western Europe this past summer. We landed in Paris, joined our tour group on a bus to Caen (in Normandy in Northern France). I can't remember if it was the first or second night in the city, but after dinner at a restaurant near our hotel, my brother went around asking locals (with little knowledge of the French language) where he can buy cigarettes (I noticed over the course of our trip that Western Europeans generally smoke cigarettes a lot more than us Americans do, with most tables at outdoor restaurants holding an ashtray). He eventually found a convenience store and asked the employee (who I guess was the owner) he found about cigarettes, stating he was an American. The owner became angry and started shouting at him in French, telling him to get out of the store. My brother did so, but he also looked around at other French people in the store, who he said looked at the owner like he was crazy, or just didn't know how to react. Our tour guide reminded us early in the trip that native Europeans generally love Americans, but besides that one scenario, the rest of the trip (which took us from Caen to Paris, Paris to Bastogne, Bastogne to Luxembourg, Luxembourg to Munich, with several other locations in between each major city) was not like that though; quite the opposite. Amazing food, beautiful locations, friendly locals, and each location having some significance during World War Two which was of course the main focus of the tour. 10/10 would get yelled at by an angry Frenchman again.
    Looking forward to visiting Japan someday!

  • ElephantsLover
    ElephantsLover 14 дней назад

    Are you enjoy spring?? Fire the translator!!

  • Shooter Flynn
    Shooter Flynn 15 дней назад +1

    When I went to Japan I was looking for a store off in the suburbs of Tokyo that I had absolutely no idea where it was. I walked into this quiet little restaurant and the owners drew out a detailed map for me and gave me free drinks with lots of smiles and nods to go along with it. Whilst walking there a cargo truck driver who happened to speak a little English asked me where I was headed, and even offered me a ride there.
    Never in my life have I experienced the hospitality and selflessness of the Japanese culture. For sure it is a country to which I must return.

  • zCLUBz
    zCLUBz 15 дней назад +1

    Note: Google map is the best way to go around but please keep in mind of adverse weather arrangements. Sometimes typhoon's news doesn't travel fast in English as it does in Japanese and Google maps will still show the trains and bus schedules during the typhoon while in reality trains and buses are all shut down. Other than that Google Map best tool to get by! Enjoy and all the best!

  • hubb love
    hubb love 16 дней назад

    7:06 What about if you don't drink alcohol

  • Petra44YT Nein!
    Petra44YT Nein! 16 дней назад

    I've had one shop employee come with me to the bus stop in front of the door and ask TWO bus drivers which bus to take to the station! In the end, he knew the number, but it turned out there wasn't going to be a bus for another 20 minutes. So I decided to walk even though I was rather tired, but I felt a bit bad about this after all the trouble he had given himself.

  • Michael Kidera
    Michael Kidera 16 дней назад

    Japanese ppl will smile laugh, make you think for a very long time that they were your friends but truthfully they talk all shit behind your back. like most typical ppl. haha... their just good at avoiding conflict/confrontation and good at analyzing the situation...

    HOLYSHITCARROTS 16 дней назад

    I get so distracted when watching your videos because I just find you so stupidly attractive. Stop it.

  • Axgie
    Axgie 20 дней назад

    im going to Japan soon so im learning how to speak Japanese

  • 1701spacecadet
    1701spacecadet 20 дней назад

    You mean you can't get by by knowing 'banzai'?

  • dnguyen253
    dnguyen253 20 дней назад

    Greetings, please and thank you, 1-10. Gestures and random sounds will get you far enough.

  • Eleanor Quenault
    Eleanor Quenault 20 дней назад

    Tbh the French are really up their own asses, they think everyone needs to know French (including my grandparents) it’s really funny at Christmas when everyone speaking English and you can tell they wanna speak but the don’t want to talk in English. So now we have certain French hours 😂

  • BarelyDying
    BarelyDying 20 дней назад

    Currently studying in Japan for a year. It hasn’t even been a MONTH and I already had two mental breakdowns bc i don’t know how things work. Your videos not only educate me, but they calm me down. Thanks, man!

  • Solace Fusion
    Solace Fusion 20 дней назад

    Not very

  • Devin Koks
    Devin Koks 21 день назад

    quebec is just as bad for bashing english speakers being part of an english speaking country

  • varishnakov
    varishnakov 21 день назад +1

    Why not learn Japanese?

  • Noah Djeri
    Noah Djeri 21 день назад

    I would just use google translate

    LEOSER 22 дня назад

    this background music is making me want to play Persona 5...

  • Friendly Stranger
    Friendly Stranger 22 дня назад

    So just say normal English foods with a japanese accent ok lmao

  • Star Hunter
    Star Hunter 23 дня назад +1

    Thirty-three years ago, when I was 6 weeks old, my parents moved to Japan, though my mom more or less raised me alone. Not anywhere near a base or in American housing. She went full immersive, too. One of the jokes she made after we left was fairly true. People would ask, "Do you speak the language?" My mom would reply yes. Then they'd say something like, "I'd love to speak Japanese!" My mom would laugh, "I spoke English. I tried practicing my Japanese but many Japanese people wanted to practice _their_ English with _me!"_ They really were very appreciative that my mom made an effort to met them halfway, instead making them do all the work. This channel is so interesting to watch in part because of seeing what has and hasn't changed three decades later.
    The strange English was there too. My mom's personal favorite was a T-shirt a young lady was wearing that said, "Catch my most refreshing sweat.

  • Rob RVA
    Rob RVA 23 дня назад

    Been to Japan several times and only know a few simple words in Japanese, I never had any issues. I was in Tokyo, perhaps outside the big city it's more difficult.

  • WorthWay
    WorthWay 23 дня назад


  • Zero Cool
    Zero Cool 24 дня назад

    Not difficult at all. Get a sim card for internet, and use google maps.

  • ivan chen
    ivan chen 24 дня назад

    Some Japanese are Chinese

  • Ali Shlaibeq
    Ali Shlaibeq 24 дня назад

    I know you look nothing like him, but in the closing shot of you on the street, you remind me of a 60s Paul McCartney.

  • bargwahn89
    bargwahn89 25 дней назад

    I think 'dribble' may have originated from 'Scribble' as the title.

  • Querxes
    Querxes 25 дней назад

    Getting stuck in an Japanese forest you say

  • Erica Karen
    Erica Karen 25 дней назад

    I love Japan! I went on an exchange as a teenager. Fast forward 17 years and I am taking my family. I know about 50 words so hopefully I do well! I am continually studying to immerse myself in the culture.

  • TheEgg185
    TheEgg185 25 дней назад +1

    All you need to know is 1 phrase for every single country: "No gabbish!"

  • sithi sok
    sithi sok 25 дней назад

    Thanks for the insight, i will travel to Japan without worrying too much about the language barrier. You're right, in France, they aren't very helpful when you don't speak french.

  • FairiesOfDarkness
    FairiesOfDarkness 26 дней назад

    So awesome. I really like your videos +1 subscriber ^.^
    Reigniting my Japan-fire again. When I feel better I definitely wanna go with my husband. Already picked an awesome (love) hotel for our very much belated honeymoon. But we kinda wanna see the cherry blossoms :o

  • Matthew Henderson
    Matthew Henderson 26 дней назад

    ah... the French... absolute dickheads

  • Cynic Snacks
    Cynic Snacks 27 дней назад

    Just found this channel and it’s fantastic.
    Really great job at putting together genuinely useful and entertaining content.

  • starcrafter13terran
    starcrafter13terran 27 дней назад

    I sent you a question, apparently you already answered it, for the most part, in this one.

  • Avalon Azure
    Avalon Azure 27 дней назад

    We found very few people spoke english,but things were really well sign posted on english,and we had a handy app to translate. It was easy peasy and everyone was super understanding and helpful

  • Snow McSnow
    Snow McSnow 28 дней назад

    My personal opinion and experience? There are English speakers everywhere in Japan.

  • DiekeDrake
    DiekeDrake 29 дней назад

    i thought apple was ringo

  • I Love Prophet Muhammad
    I Love Prophet Muhammad Месяц назад

    informative , thank you

  • LaZieGoblin
    LaZieGoblin Месяц назад

    French speaking people are the worst when it comes to communication. They expect everyone to speak French. Special bunch of snowflakes, them.
    It doesn't seem to be a thing in France alone.
    I'd love to see the first French speaking person talk in another language to accommodate another person.

  • MIKO
    MIKO Месяц назад

    You idiots need videos to help you out in Japan? Pff! I've seen enough anime in my day to ask for some directions

  • Michael Newman
    Michael Newman Месяц назад

    "without google maps Id probably be lost somewhere inca forest scrounging for berries" Me when I go anywhere.

  • KAITO • S J
    KAITO • S J Месяц назад

    Strawberry Basashi

  • Art from Lillieheart
    Art from Lillieheart Месяц назад

    I thought apple was ringo...?

  • nathan armaing
    nathan armaing Месяц назад +1

    Had no problem even if i dont speak japanese

  • 3DayPriest
    3DayPriest Месяц назад

    I don’t ‘converse’ very much in Japanese. Forced to do it a bit when playing golf because I sign up as a single and get grouped with various people. Other than that, I ask questions or express my needs in simple, broken Japanese. But getting the point across.

  • blue sky
    blue sky Месяц назад

    Apple is ringo not apuru lol

  • Nyonyo Reservoir
    Nyonyo Reservoir Месяц назад

    Are you enjoy spring? Hihi

  • Roxas Ryuga
    Roxas Ryuga Месяц назад

    i thought apple is Ringo

  • WingDingsGaster Error
    WingDingsGaster Error Месяц назад

    i wanted to learn Japanese but i gave up ;-;

  • UnderhandDread
    UnderhandDread Месяц назад

    I know "Hello" "Goodbye" "Thank you" "I'm sorry" and "Excuse me"
    That's more than most people know and that makes me better off than most.
    5:40 Easy, just wait until someone goes into one.

  • Keith Fox
    Keith Fox Месяц назад

    Maybe they meant to put "drivel" on the notepad, since it is nonsense. Or maybe they thought basketball was cool and wanted to put a basketball term on the cover? Very strange misunderstanding.

  • When I'm Depressed
    When I'm Depressed Месяц назад

    So I’m not gonna go to Japan then coz I don’t know any Japanese

  • dannymars
    dannymars Месяц назад

    My favourite tshirt I saw in Japan said “Get up and dance, give hate a chance” 😀😅😂😂🤣

  • RockPhonic - VLOGS
    RockPhonic - VLOGS Месяц назад

    Thanks Stewart Lee.

  • Rising Sun
    Rising Sun Месяц назад

    Pretending to write a few kanji and knowing a ton of Japanese didn't work on my Japanese family, help

  • D3ricc Vineyard
    D3ricc Vineyard Месяц назад


  • Taeneri Bladestorm
    Taeneri Bladestorm Месяц назад

    Dribble? More like drivel, am I right guys?

  • えおあいう
    えおあいう Месяц назад

    This channel is very interesting and helpful even for Japanese :)

  • Stiven
    Stiven Месяц назад

    Allways while traveling to another country you should lear at leats basic speech or cultural rules.
    Specially if you're American. I work at a coffee shop in Mexico and everytime we see an American coming we just roll our eyes, as we know most of them dont even make an effort and just asumme we know perfect english. Even worst if you are visiting a non big touristic place, you will look rude

  • Bradden Scott
    Bradden Scott Месяц назад

    Uisuki is actually kind of close to the Gaelic spelling of Uisghe. Whiskey comes from some bloody English mispronouncing Uisghe.

  • Superman Est1984
    Superman Est1984 Месяц назад

    I don't Normally subscribe nor have I ever really thought about leaving the USA but within a few minutes of watching you a Brittish guy which I have never met & Ryotaro in these videos I think I would like to go to Japan for at least a month Abroad. Probably not likely I would ever be able to afford it but I can say you two seem like you would be cool to hang out with in Japan with as a tourist and you have opened my eyes to a new experience I can at least bucket list so for that I subscribed. Thanks

  • Kakoo Touati
    Kakoo Touati Месяц назад

    Don't buy a sim card rent a portable wifi if you ever travel around Japan! Prepaid sim cards are a nightmare to activate and don't really work on iphones...

  • Chaos_ 82
    Chaos_ 82 Месяц назад

    I know all the useful phrases from reading James Clavell's SHOGUN.