Languages › Japanese Gomennasai - Simple Japanese Phrases Share Flipboard Email Print NicolasMcComber / Getty Images Japanese Essential Japanese Vocabulary History & Culture Japanese Grammar By Namiko Abe Japanese Language Expert B.A., Kwansei Gakuin University Namiko Abe is a Japanese language teacher and translator, as well as a Japanese calligraphy expert. She has been a freelance writer for nearly 20 years. our editorial process Namiko Abe Updated October 03, 2019 Meaning: Sorry. Pronunciation: Listen to the audio file for "Gomennasai." Japanese Characters: ごめんなさい。 Notes: Since "Gomennasi （ごめんなさい）" is casual, it shouldn't be used to your superior. Click here to learn more about expressing apologies.