What Does This Mean "Doko Desu Ka"?


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Simon Lazarus answered
'Doku desu ka' is a Japanese phrase used in every day conversation, especially by tourists. It literally translates to 'where?' as 'doku' means 'where' and 'desu ka' is a phrase added to the end of Japanese sentences to turn the sentence into a question - there is no use of a question mark.

A few examples of its use are...

'Hoteru wa doku desu ka' - 'where is the hotel?'
'Eki wa doku desu ka' - 'where is the station?'
'Toire wa doku desu ka' - 'where is the toilet?'
'Annaijo wa dokue desu ka' - 'where is the tourist information point?'

You will notice the inclusion of 'wa' - this is a topic marker. It points out what the topic of the sentence is - the object. It joins the topic to the rest of the sentence; in this case, a question about its location.

Some other useful phrases are...

'Igirisu kara kimashita' - 'I come from England'.
'Watashi wa John Smith desu' - 'my name is John Smith'.
'Tasukete kudasai' - 'Help me, please'.

Japanese uses fewer vowels and consonants than English, and it is often difficult to find translations as they use a different character set to the Latinate one used in most European languages. The easiest way to learn to speak Japanese is with a text book with phrases written phonetically.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
It's basically "where". For example, [add object's name here] doko desu ka? --- This is equivalent to: Where [add object's name here]?

Doko itself means where. Desu ka is a Japanese phrase that comes at the end of a statement to turn it into a question.

Compare "Toire wa doko desu ka?" and "Where is the toilet?".

Hope this helps.
Nikki Nikki Profile
Nikki Nikki answered
It's a polite way of saying, 'Where?"
Alex Beierle Profile
Alex Beierle answered

"Doko" means where.  "Desu" is a state of being, for example: Is, am, are, ect.  "Ka" turns it into a question.  "Toire wa doko desu ka" would literally mean "toilet where is?" But is used to mean "where is the toilet?".

This is because Japanese sentence structure is subject object verb unlike in English where it's subject verb object.

Misty Simmons Profile
Misty Simmons answered
It means 'there' in japanese. But when they say 'ka' that means they are asking a question, so japanese people don't use these= ?
Hope that heaps :D
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