I only speak English

  • mjscott

    Senior Member
    American English
    Welcome to the forum! I cannot help you with the Japanese.
    Please read the helpful hints to the forum. I did not click on to your second post, because it looked (from its title) as if you had posted the first one twice. If people cannot tell what you are looking for from the title of your thread, they will not click on to it to see if they can help you. You can see that when there are 15,000 members and people logging on daily for help, posts like
    Help me translate
    How do you say....?
    I need some help
    I want to know how to say--

    would make a list of hundreds and hundreds of posts look overwhelming to those who want to help.

    You will find many experts in many fields here. Being a bit more specific in what you want will get you the answer you need much quicker!

    A good example for what you need HERE would be to make the title something like:
    Japanese for, "I only speak English."

    --Then people can see what you need and the right ones can help you.

    Good luck!


    New Member
    It would be good enough to say "Eigo wo hanashimasu."
    Pronounced /eggo oh ha na she mas/

    This would be understood as "I speak English" and further interpreted as "and I don't speak any other language."

    Hope this helps.


    New Member
    English - USA
    you could also say "watashi wa eigo dake o hanashimasu" which is litterally "I only speak english" or you could say "watashi wa nihongo wa hanashimasen" "I don't speak Japanese" usually Japanese speakers will next assume you speak english as it is the next most common and most Japanese people know at least a little bit of english.


    Senior Member
    Japanese, Japan
    The following are natural ways to say "I only speak English" in Japanese.

    Eigo shika hanasemasen.
    I speak only English.
    Literally: I can't speak except for English.

    Eigo shika wakarimasen.
    I understand only English.
    Literally: I don't understand except for English.

    Though the first one is a correct translation, I would say that the second one is better for your purpose. If you say the second one, you're implicitly asking the interlocutor to speak English or find someone who speaks English. I'm not really sure about the first one though it will most likely do the job. (Actually it should be enough to keep saying "English, please" slowly.)


    Senior Member
    français Clodoaldien
    The following are natural ways to say "I only speak English" in Japanese.

    Eigo shika hanasemasen.
    etudian is right. The translation would rather be : the only language I (can) speak is english (I only speak but english), cf. french ne ...que "je ne parle que l'anglais".