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At the time of accident in Japanese Posted by on Oct 19, 2015 in Culture, Grammar

When you have a totally unexpected accident happening right in front of your eyes, how would you respond in Japanese? This past weekend, my older son bumped his head against the toy chest in his bedroom. He started to cry and scream and by the time I saw him, half of his face was covered with blood. I freaked out seeing blood dripped everywhere! We ended up rushing him to ER (of course this was happening late Saturday night..) He ended up getting stitches, and he is doing fine now.


So..  when things like this happen, here are some of the expressions in Japanese….


What happened? – どうしたの?  Do shita no?

You can use this for any occasion when you want to just find out what’s going on.  You often use this when you are worried about someone. But depending on how you say it, if you say it with emphasis, then you are really asking “What’s happening.”


What the heck happened? – いったい何が起こったの?(いったい なにが おこったの?) Ittai naniga okottano?

“Ittai” means “~the heck”.. This expression can be also translated as “いったいどうしたの?” (Ittai doushitano?) that would mean the same thing as above.


I can’t believe this! – 信じられない!(しんじられない。)Shinji rarenai! 

You often add a expression like, “mou (もう)”at the begging of this as you say this, such as,  もう信じられない! (mou shinji rarenai!)


Are you OK? – 大丈夫?(だいじょうぶ?) Daijo-bu?


Calm down. 落ち着いて。(おちついて)Ochitsuite


You will be OK. 大丈夫だから。(だいじょうぶだから) Daijo-bu dakara.


Don’t cry. 泣かないで。(なかないで。) Nakanaide.


Stay still. じっとして。 Jitto shite.


I understand it hurts.  痛いの分かるよ。(いたいのわかるよ。)Itaino wakaruyo.


Let’s go see a doctor. 医者に行こうね。(いしゃに いこうね。)Isha ni iko ne.


Obviously, these are the some of the words I said to my son when I saw his face covered with blood.  These expressions are not just for emergencies, but you could also use any time you are caring for someone, or any appropriate situations.

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About the Author: keiko

Born and raised in Japan. She currently lives in U.S. with her husband and two kids.


  1. Ray:

    Thank You for the free lessons! Keiko san. My only problem with Japanese is learning to pronounce the words. You see I am from rural eastern Kentucky(our accent is DEEPLY American southern) and without being able to hear proper pronunciation “good afternoon” would come out more like “Ko-Nee-chee-Wa Y’all”. I have been watching Japanese movies and Anime ( some of it is REALY good!) but they talk FAST. Any suggestions? Oh and I’m 56 and read Manga. I tell my child all the time “Don’t use those words, its rude/hurtful” (she’s nine and we both love romance and comedy so we share “likes”)

    • keiko:

      @Ray Hi Ray,

      Thank you for your comments! Glad to hear that you are learning Japanese and are one of my blog readers! I totally understand at first when you are learning a new language, sometimes spoken language sounds so fast and that you might not hear all the words spoken clearly to be able to identify what they mean. I know this might sound a bit awkward for us adults to do, but I found that some of the educational videos made for children are very effective in that they speak slowly and clearly for listeners to be able to understand each word.

      Let me do some research and post some of the videos on my blog site. I will try to find some that might be helpful to you.

      Also, glad to hear you and your daughter like reading Manga’s. 🙂 These days many of the Japanese Manga’s are translated into English, which is really nice!

      Good luck with you, and stay tuned for upcoming blog post with videos.