Sure, you can learn how to have everyday conversation in Japanese or blow away the JPLT so you can get a translating job in Japan, but let’s just admit that the real reason you’re studying Japanese is so that you can speak like a samurai. Isn’t that every Japanese language learner’s secret dream? Photo by mazgrp The samurai were the military nobility of medieval and early-modern Japan who lived by a strict code of ethics. If you’ve ever watched the daytime jidaigeki (時代劇 – period dramas) on TV in Japan, you know they also had a cool way of talking. You can talk like a samurai if you just master a few simple expressions and, well, um, a whole lot of other vocabulary. But let’s just get you started with the most common samurai words and phrases.