The following is a list of the useful Japanese phrases for greetings.
You will use these phrases often when you first meet your Japanese friends or when you travel to Japan. Take some time to go through the list. I am sure you will find it useful.
Probably the first Japanese phrase that you will learn is こんにちは (konnichiwa). It means Hello or Good afternoon. So start saying konnichiwa to your friends.
Some of these useful Japanese phrases may seem complicated for beginners.
For example there are several meanings for the phrase すみません (sumimasen). In this case just remember it with the meaning of "Excuse me" when asking for help.
Let's check out what are the useful Japanese phrases in the following list.
|Good bye (This is only used if you are leaving for a long time, like going overseas)|
|See you tomorrow|
|Excuse me (when asking for something)|
|I am sorry (for my fault)|
|Pardon me (for missing what you said)|
|Thank you (for taking the trouble to do... for me)|
|I am sorry|
|Excuse me, but... (when asking for something)|
|Thank you very much|
|You are welcome/Don't mention it/Not at all|
|Here you are. (Used when offering something to someone)|
ogenki desu ka
|How are you?|
|Yes, due to your kind thought, I am very good|
daijoubu desu ka
|Are you OK?|
|I am OK|
|How do you do? (Literally "I am meeting you for the first time". This Japanese phrase is usually used as the first phrase when introducing oneself)|
maiku to moushimasu
|My name is Mike (Assuming your name is Mike)|
|I am pleased to meet you. (Literally "Please make good relation with me" or "Please be kind to me". Usually used at the end of a self-introduction)|
kochira koso yoroshiku onegaishimasu
|I am please to meet you too. (Literally "Please be kind to me too")
(Response to "どうぞよろしくお願いします")
korekara osewani narimasu
|I hope for your assistance hereafter.
(Literally "Please take care of me hereafter")
|Anybody home?/May I come in?
(An expression used by a visitor)
|How nice of you to come/Welcome|
douzo oagari kudasai
|Please come in (the house)|
|Excuse me for disturbing you
(Greeting used when going to someone's house)
o namae wa
|What is your name?
(The "お" in front makes the question more polite)
|You say this to express your gratitude before meals|
gochisou sama deshita
|You say this to express your gratitude after meals|
|I am going out now. See you later
(Phrase used when going out from home)
|Take care. Have a nice day (Response to "行ってきます", used by people in the house)|
|I am home (Phrase used when coming back to home)|
|Welcome back (Response to "ただいま", used by people in the house)|
o ki wo tsukete
o daiji ni
|Take care of your body (say this to friend who is sick)|
These are just some of the useful Japanese phrases collected so far. In future I will add more to this list when I find more useful Japanese phrases.
Although it's impossible for you to become perfect Japanese speaker just by remembering these phrases, learning some useful phrases in Japanese will definitely help you in many situations.
You will find them useful when you are meeting native Japanese in the airport, hotels, restaurants, etc.
Lastly, let's learn one more useful phrase: 道中ご無事に (dou chuu go buji ni) - Bon voyage!
If you want to learn more phrases so that you can talk to people at the bus or train stations, make sure you check out these phrases that help you communicate well at those places.
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