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10 Japanese Phrases to Express Pain and Sickness


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)

歯(は)がズキズキするんです。
I have a toothache.

2. ガンガン (pounding pain)

頭(あたま)がガンガンするんです。
I have a pounding headache.

3. ジンジン (a prickly, tingling sensation)

手(て)がジンジンしびれるんです。
I have a tingling sensation in my hands.

4. ムカムカ (when you feel queasy or nauseous)

胃(い)がムカムカするんです。
I feel queasy.

5. イガイガ (when you have a scratchy throat)

喉(のど)がイガイガするんです。
I have a scratchy throat.

6. ゴロゴロ (when you have something in your eye, or an upset stomach)

目(め)がゴロゴロするんです。
I have something in my eye.

7. しょぼしょぼ (when your eyes are tired and sore)

目(め)がしょぼしょぼするんです。
My eyes are tired and sore.

8. パンパン (when your muscles are stiff)

肩(かた)がパンパンなんです。
My shoulders are stiff.

9. むずむず (when your nose tickles or when you have an itch)

鼻(はな)がむずむずするんです。
I keep feeling a tickle in my nose.

10. くらくら (when you feel dizzy)

くらくらするんです。
I feel dizzy.

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