Lesson 1

In this lesson, we are going to learn how to greet in Japanese. There are both informal and formal expressions listed here. Please note that you use informal expressions for your immediate family and close friends. Formal expressions are used for strangers, older people and people who are ranked higher socially. (at work, organizations etc)

Basic greetings

Ohayou: Good Morning (Casual)

Ohayou Gozaimasu: Good Morning (Polite)

Konnichiwa: Good Afternoon

Konbanwa: Good Evening

Oyasuminasai: Good night (Polite)

Oyasumi: Good night (Casual)

*Notes: Konnichiwa and Konbanwa are both used in formal and informal settings.



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