Japanese greetings, greetings and goodbyes

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In this article we will learn some greetings, greetings and goodbyes in Japanese. Knowing this will help you to increase your beginner vocabulary in the language and start conversations with Japanese. There are thousands of different ways to say hi in Japanese, good morning, good afternoon and good night.

Japan is a country with an ancient culture and divided into many provinces, which contributed to the diversity of the country's dialects and words, its writing has origin of the ideograms Chinese, resulting in multiple readings of a single ideogram. Not to mention the language very well known as keigo. Pay attention to the words that we will mention in the table below:

Japanese greetings, greetings and goodbyes

Aisatsu - Greetings and greetings in Japanese

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挨拶Aisatsugreetings
お早うございます。Ohayou GozaimasuGood Morning.
今日は /こんにちは。Konnichi waGood afternoon.
こんばんは / 今晩はKonban wagood evening
お休みなさいOyasumi nasaiGood night - say goodbye
ようこそ。YoukosoWelcome.
どうも。DoumoThanks (Can be used as slang for "Thanks") / hi (Can be used as a greeting depending on the situation).
じゃね。/ またねJya ne / Mata neBye see you later.
いらっしゃいませ。Irasshaimase!Welcome. (Formal)
ごめん下さい。Gomen KudasaiI can enter?
宜しくお願いしますYoroshiku onegaishimasuIt can be translated as "Please", "Nice to meet you", "I count on you", "I leave this in your hands" (when asking for a favor).
おかえりなさい / お帰りなさいOkaeri NasaiWelcome back (home)
さようなら。SayounaraBye.
さらばSarabaAn older goodbye used by samurai.
行ってきます。IttekimasuI'm going.
行ってらっしゃい。ItterashaiGo carefully./ Follow your path well.
気をつけてki wo tsuketeTake care, way of farewell.

Curiosities about greetings

  • Gomen Kudasai to the letter is: sorry please. However, it is usually used when entering a place, as a kind of license;
  • In Yoroshiku Onegai Shimasu, you can use Douzo before, to be more formal / polite. This expression is also used when there is an interaction with another person, and the person can answer the same or こちらこそ (kochira koso).
  • Irasshaimase it is used more in stores or commerce, to greet / welcome customers;
  • Ittekimasu and Itterashai are used indoors when someone is absent or returns, it’s like saying: I'm leaving, and the person in the house replies: Go in peace / Go your way well, go carefully, come back soon ... and just a simple interaction response between the people in the house;
  • Many of the lengths can be shortened, when speaking informally, you can simply say: Ohayou, Oyasumi, Yoroshiku.
  • These are some of the main lengths and farewells used in everyday life in Japan;

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