What to Say in Japanese When You Feel Pain or Sick
Being in pain or feeling sick is never fun, especially when you're in a foreign country.
Not to worry, we've got you covered! In this animated video, we introduce ten basic phrases that you can use to express pain and sickness in Japanese.
Japanese onomatopoeias (擬音語 giongo & 擬態語 gitaigo) are useful in explaining things that are difficult to describe, such as a symptom or sensation, and we use these terms daily.
The sample phrases are in the casual form for casual situations as in when you're talking to your friends, family or host family.
When you go to a pharmacy or visit a health professional, you would want to use the polite form so below is a list of the phrases in 丁寧語 (teineigo), polite Japanese.
*The difference is the「〜んです」at the end.
1. ズキズキ (throbbing pain)
I have a toothache.
2. ガンガン (pounding pain)
I have a pounding headache.
3. ジンジン (a prickly, tingling sensation)
I have a tingling sensation in my hands.
4. ムカムカ (when you feel queasy or nauseous)
I feel queasy.
5. イガイガ (when you have a scratchy throat)
I have a scratchy throat.
6. ゴロゴロ (when you have something in your eye, or an upset stomach)
I have something in my eye.
7. しょぼしょぼ (when your eyes are tired and sore)
My eyes are tired and sore.
8. パンパン (when your muscles are stiff)
My shoulders are stiff.
9. むずむず (when your nose tickles or when you have an itch)
I keep feeling a tickle in my nose.
10. くらくら (when you feel dizzy)
I feel dizzy.
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