do u need to use the bathroom

19:26 Aug 31, 2000
English to Japanese translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase: do u need to use the bathroom
I need to know how to say do u need to use the bathroom in japanese so my mom can say it to one of her kindergartners who is japanese and has just moved here he knows very little english

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natoire? or oshikko?
Keiko (X)
natoireni ikitai desuka? (トイレに行きたいですか?)
Hisano Bell
natoire ni ikitaino?
Minoru Kuwahara
natoire ikitai?
Mariko Kobayashi



8 mins
toire ikitai?

I teach at school as well so I know I should be down to earth, even though the answer doesn't sound polite.

If the child is very young, "oshikko?" is another alternative, though certainly not recommended to older people.

Mariko Kobayashi
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1 hr
toire ni ikitaino?

Could be rephrased in a number of ways. This is a kind of way to address yourself to a child at around the kindergarten age. After saying this, you will guide him/her to the bathroom and tell how to use, etc...

Minoru Kuwahara
Local time: 17:30
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8 hrs
toireni ikitai desuka? (トイレに行きたいですか?)

I think it is better to say "Do you want to go to the toilet?" since the person you are talking with is a kindergartener. That is how we say in Japan. (For translation, see above)
But if you want to know literal translation of your sentence, it will be, "toireni iku hitsuyou-ga arimasuka?" (トイレに行く必要がありますか?”

    I am a Japanese mother with children, having raised a child in Japan for many years.
Hisano Bell
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2 days 22 hrs
toire? or oshikko?

I've seen the proposed answers and all of them are good, but assuming that your mom knows litte or no Japanese, I wanted to make the phrase simple.
The meanings and pronunciations are
toire(bathroom): almost the same pronunciation as 'toilet', but omit the 't'sound at the end.
oshikko(pee pee): Oh-shit-koh

Keiko (X)
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