Japanese made easy!

       Greetings & Introductions                           

      Greetings
 
For adults and people or higher status than you, use the formal version.  If with friends informal is ok.

         Good morning!  - Ohayou Gozaimasu! 

Oh-hah-yoh  Goh-zah-ee- mah-soo
 
This is formal, informal is just "Ohayou
 
 Good afternoon! - Konnichiwa
Koh-nee-chee-wah
(no informal)
Many americans think this phrase means "hi", but thats wrong.
 
Good evening! - Konbanwa! 
Koh-n--bah-n-wah
(no informal)
 
Good night! - Oyasumi nasai -
Oh-yah-soo-mee  Nah-sah-ee
 
just "Oyasumi" is informal

      There, now you can greet someone at any hour!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      
 
Introductions!

 Nice to meet you - Hajimemashite  

 Hah-gee-meh-mah-she-teh
(for the first time) Hajime means "first, or beginning"
 
 
                   Please treat me favorably  -
Douzo  Yoroshiku  Onegaishimasu
Dooh-zoh  yoh-roh-she-koo 
oh-neh-gah-ee-she-mah-soo
 
what is your name?- Onamae wa nan desu ka
 
oh-nah-mah-eh  wah nah-n  deh-soo  kah
namae- name  nan- what   ka- indicates a question
 
 
 My name is ______ -
 Watashi no namae wa _______ desu.
Wa-tah-she- no nah-mah-eh
wah ______ deh-soo
watashi no - my   desu - is
 
 
How are you? - Ogenki desu ka?
Oh-geh-n-kee  deh-soo kah
Genki - energy, or health
 
when responing you can say:
Watashi wa genki desu -
wah-tah-she wah -geh-n-kee deh-soo
which is: i am doing well
 

                                  Watashi - I

 
Watashi wa genki nai desu -
I'm not doing well

                                     Nah-ee