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Japanese Language Survival Kit

Basic Guide – Japanese

  1. Commands, Warnings & Instructions
  2. Helpful Words, Phrases And Questions
  3. Greetings & Introductions
  4. Interrogation
  5. Numbers
  6. Days Of The Week / Time
  7. Weather
  8. Locations
  9. Descriptions
  10. Emergency Terms
  11. Food & Sanitation
  12. Fuel & Maintenance
  13. Medical Terms / General
  14. Medical Terms / Parts Of The Body
  15. Military Ranks
  16. Lodging
  17. Occupations
  18. Customs (Port Of Entry)
  19. Relatives
  20. Weather
  21. General Military Terms
  22. Mine Warfare Terms

About this material

Language Survival Kits were developed by the U.S. Defense Language Institute.

Their purpose is to serve as “quick reference booklets for deploying service members”. They contain “mission-specific vocabulary and simple phrase in topics such as medical terminology, Civil Affairs, Force Protection, and Military Police” with accompanying audio.

As such, vocabulary may be less relevant in some parts than others. Nonetheless, the guide is a good source of useful everyday words and phrases. The audio component is also helpful.

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