How To Say Hello In Japanese
There are a number of ways to say 'hello' in Japanese and I
am going to outline the most important ones for you now.
Beside each explanation push the play button and listen to my
friend Yukari provide you an example, she is a native Japanese
speaker so by listening you will pick up the right
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Ok, so to start with let me just say that you can't go wrong
using the word 'konnichi wa' to say hello in Japanese.
You can use konnichi wa any time of the day, however please
keep in mind that Konnichi wa is amore formal way of saying
hello in Japanese and therefore isn't the word you would use
when speaking on the telephone or with close friends.
When answering the telephone I always use the word 'Mushi
Mushi' to say hello.
Another important aspect of the Japanese language that you
need to know is that just like with English you use different
words for different times of day to say hello. Let's have a
look at this shall we...
To say good morning use the word 'Ohayo Gozaimasu'
To say good afternoon or good evening use the word 'Konban
See its not that hard now is it!!
A less formal way to say hello in Japanese which you would
use when speaking to someone that you know really well, and are
in some kind of personal relationship with them is the word
The Japanese culture places a lot of importance on respect
and it is important to be aware of this especially if you are
meeting someone for the first time. Therefore the best manners
to say hello when you are meeting someone for the first time is
'Hajimemashite Yoroshiku' which means hello and pleased to
That's all you need to know to say hello in Japanese,
so the next time you meet a Japanese person why don't you have