Japanese made easy!

       Greetings & Introductions                           

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
(no informal)
Many americans think this phrase means "hi", but thats wrong.
Good evening! - Konbanwa! 
(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!











 Nice to meet you - Hajimemashite  

(for the first time) Hajime means "first, or beginning"
                   Please treat me favorably  -
Douzo  Yoroshiku  Onegaishimasu
Dooh-zoh  yoh-roh-she-koo 
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