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Japanese greetings you need to know

Japanese greetings you need to know

Common Greetings
1. おはよう ohayou: Good Morning (from sunrise to 10.00)

2. おはようございます ohayou gozaimasu: Good Morning (more polite)

3. こんにちは konnichiwa: Good Evening (from 10.00 to dark)

4. こんばんは konbanwa: Good Night (once dark)

5. あきましておめでとう akimashite omedetou: Happy new year (used only after 1st of Jan).

6. お誕生日おめでとう otanjoubi omedetou: Happy birthday

7. おめでとう omedetou: Congratulations

8. おめでとうございます omedetou gozaimasu: Congratulations (more polite)

9. もしもし moshi moshi:Hello (only used on phone)

Saying Goodbye
1. おやすみなさい oyasuminasai: Have a good night sleep / good night (when someone about to sleep)

2. さようなら sayounara: Goodbye (for a long time)

3. じゃまた ja mata: Okay, bye!

4. また後で mata ato de: See you next time

5. また明日 mata ashita: See you tomorrow

1. 初めまして hajimemashite: Nice to meet you (used in the first meeting)

2. よろしくお願いします yoroshiku onegaishimasu: Please take care of me (used at the end of a self-introduction)

Cultural Greeting at home
1. 行ってきます ittekimasu: I’m leaving (used when going outside the house. Literally means “I will go and come back”)

2. 行ってらしゃい itterasshai: Proper response for 行ってきます (ittekimasu), literally means “please go and come back”.

3. ただいま tadaima: Translated as “I’m back”.

4. おかえり okaeri: Translated as “Welcome home”. Proper response for ただいま (tadaima).

5. おかえりなさい okaerinasai: A more polite version of おかえり (okaeri).

6. いただきます itadakimasu: Thanks for the food! (Used when you’re about to eat).

7. ごちそうさまでした gochisousama deshita: What a well prepared dish! (Used after you eat as a compliment to the one who prepared it).

8. おじゃまします ojamashimasu:Sorry for intruding (Used when entering other people’s house)

9. 気をつけてください ki o tsukete kudasai: Please be careful.

10. 気をつけて! ki o tsukete!: Be careful!

Thank you & Sorry
1. ありがとう arigatou: Thank you

2. ありがとうございます arigatou gozaimasu: Thank you (more polite)

3. ごめんなさい gomennasai: I’m sorry (often used for someone equal or lower status)

4. ごめん gomen: Less polite version of ごめんなさい (gomennasai)

5. すみません sumimasen: Excuse me / Sorry (a polite word)

6. 申し訳ありません moushiwake arimasen: I apologize (a formal apology used by worker when apologizing to guest. Literally means “I have no excuse”)

7. おまたせしました omataseshimashita: Thanks for waiting (used by worker to guest)

Work related and other useful phrases
1. どうぞゆっくりしてください douzo yukkuri shite kudasai: Please take your time.

2. おかげさまです okagesama desu: It all thanks to you. (common greeting used when you’re about to leave from work or after you finish some work with someone).

3. お先に osaki ni: This phrase is used as a goodbye greeting when you’re about to leave the office before someone else.

4. お願いします onegaishimasu : Please. *Learn more about this word*

5. 頑張ってください ganbatte kudasai: Good luck! (used to give encouragement to people so they can do well on something)

6. 頑張って ganbatte: Good luck! (less polite version).

7. お元気で ogenki de: Take care of your health

8. お元気です ogenki desu: I’m doing good / I’m well

9. どうぞ douzo: A phrase used to let someone do something or when you give something to someone.