Japanese Hospital Vocabulary 2 – Cheat Sheet

Want to learn more about hospital-related vocabulary? This cheat sheet focuses on different conditions to tell the doctor about. Taking care of your health should always be a top priority, particularly when you’re away from your home country. Doctor consultations and hospital visits in Japan, however, can be intimidating.

It’s ideal to learn how to inform your symptoms to your doctor to get an accurate diagnosis. Therefore, we have included the pronunciation and meaning of the terms, together with example sentences for you to learn how to communicate successfully during your consultation in the hospital.

Do keep a lookout for your well-being with COVID-19 cases on the rise. The most common symptoms are fever, dry cough and tiredness. Less common symptoms include headache, aches and pains, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, conjunctivitis, rashes on the skin, or discoloration of fingers or toes.

With that being said, symptoms will vary from one person to the next. This is why you must get tested or consult a doctor the moment you feel unwell.

Japanese vocabulary can be difficult to learn, but practice makes perfect. This is part two of our ongoing pharmacy and hospital vocabulary cheat sheet so make sure you continue part one.

Conditions 症状 (しょうじょう shōjō)

Here are some keywords and phrases about the condition:

JapanesePronunciationMeaning
気分が悪いきぶん わる kibun ga waruiI do not feel well
熱があるねつ netsu ga aru    have a fever
体がだるいからだ karada ga daruibody feels heavy
お腹が痛いなか いた o naka ga itaistomach hurts
腰痛ようつう youtuuback pain
風邪かぜ kazecold
せき sekicough
くしゃみkushamisneeze
喉が痛いのど い nodo ga itaithroat hurts
めまいmemaidizzy
吐き気がするは  け haki ke ga surufeel nauseous
嘔吐おうと outovomit
下痢げり geridiarrhea
便秘べんぴ benpiconstipation

Example Sentences

Here is how to apply the terms into sentences:

Example 1:

By saying: ‘〇〇が具合悪いです。’

Pronunciation: ___ga guai warui desu

It means: ‘My ______ does not feel well.’

Example 2:

By saying: ‘昨日からお腹が痛いです。’

Pronunciation: kinou kara onaka ga itaidesu.

It means: ‘My stomach hurts from yesterday.’