Japanese greetings & phrases|The basic daily greetings that you should know!

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Manuel
Manuel

Leto, can we go over the basic greetings in Japanese please?

LETO
LETO

Sure, let’s try to translate the daily greetings that we are using daily to Japanese!


Are you interested in speaking in Japanese? That’s great! You are on the right page!

On this page, I am going to introduce you some of the very basic greeting phrases that you should know, before you start learning Japanese.

Good morning, Thank you, hello, bye etc, After reading this page, you will be the master of the Japanese greeting phrases!

We will go over not the text book like phrases but the very natural phrases being used daily among us!

Japanese greetings & phrases|The basic daily greetings that you should know!

I am going to give the examples of the greeting phrases dividing a day to morning, noon and evening.


Please just memorize the phrases by sounds!

朝 (あさ asa)/Morning/Mañana

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LETO
LETO

Morning! my love. How did you sleep?


Buenos dias, mi amor! Dormiste bien?


おはよう!マニュ。よくねれた?
(Ohayo, Manuel. Yoku Nereta?)

Manuel
Manuel

Morning, sweetie. Yes, I slept well, thanks.

Buenos dias, querida. Si, dormí bien. Gracias.

おはよう!れと。よくねれたよ。
ありがとう
(Ohayo, yoku nereta -yo. Arigatou)


chihuahua
chihuahua

Don’t you have any word for “sweetie” or “querida” like English or Spanish?

Leto 
Leto 

No, unfortunately we don’t have any word to replace those words in Japanese…We simply call a partner by name.



Leto : おはよう!マニュ。よくねれた?
Ohayo, Manuel. Yoku Nereta?)

おはようOhayoGood morning
ねれたNeretaSlept
よくyokuwell

Manuel : おはよう!よくねれたよ。ありがとう
     (Ohayo, Yoku nereta-yo, arigatou.) 

よ yoA sentence ender. 
(Yo is used when you are insisting something.)
ありがとうArigatoThank you
Chihuahua
Chihuahua

I have a question! Do Japanese bow each other with palms together at chest level? I have seen people doing it!

Manuel
Manuel

No…Chihuahua. That’s done in Thailand.

昼(ひる hiru)/Noon/mediodía

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With senior level

Shigeo
Shigeo

Hello, Manuel. How are you?

Hola, Manuel, ¿Cómo estás?

マニュエル、こんにちはげんきかい?
(Manuel, Konnichiwa, genki kai?)


マニュエル
マニュエル

Hello, Shigeo. I am good. How are you?

Hola, don Shigeo. yo estoy bien.  ¿Cómo está usted?

シゲオさん、こんにちは。げんきです。おげんきですか
(Shigeo-san, Konnichiwa, genki-desu. Ogenki desuka?)



Shigeo: マニュエル、こんにちは!げんきかい?
(Manuel, konnichiwa, genki-kai?)

こんにちはKon-nichiwaHello
げんき GenkiFine
かいKaiquestion ending (Casual)



Manuel: シゲオさん、こんにちは。げんきです。おげんきですか?
 (Shigeo-san, Konnichiwa. genki desu. Ogenki desuka?)

さんsanMr.
です       desuPolite sentence ending
kaA sentence ender of a question
れと
れと

When you say こんにちは(Konnichiwa), make sure to separate “ん” and “に”。

Japanese people do not link two sounds so that they do not recognize the sound konnichiwa if you do not separate kon and nichiwa clearly.

With friends

ケイティ―
ケイティ―

Hi! Manuel! How are you?


Hola, Manuel, ¿Qué Tal??

こんにちはー!マニュエル。げんき?
(Konnichiwa, Manuel. Genki?)

マニュエル
マニュエル

Hi, Katie, How are you? I’m Good, how about you?

Hola Katie, yo estoy bien, y vos que tal?

おー、ケイティ、げんきだよ!げんき?
(Oh, Katie, genki dayo, genki?)



Katie : こんにちはー!マニュエル。げんき?
(Konnichiwa, Manuel. Genki?)

Manuelおー、ケイティ、げんきだよ!げんき?
(Oh, Katie, genki dayo! genki?)

だよdayoCasual ending particle after adjective

夜(よる yoru)/Night/Noche

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パブロ
パブロ

Oh, Manuel, good evening. Are you going home?


Ay, Manuel, buenas noches. Vuelves a casa?

あっ、マニュエル、こんばんは。いまかえり?

マニュエル
マニュエル

good evening, Pablo. Yes, I am going home.

Buenas noches, Pablo. Si, vuelvo a casa.


こんばんは、パブロ。うん、かえるところ!

パブロ
パブロ

I see, so see you tomorrow. Bye!

Veo. Entonces, hasta mañana. Adios!


そっか、じゃぁまたあしたね。バイバイ!

マニュエル
マニュエル

Yes, see you tomorrow!

Si, Hasta mañana!

うん、またあした!


Pablo : あっ、マニュエル、こんばんは。いまかえり?
(A, Manuel, Konbanwa, Ima kaeri?)

こんばんは KonbanwaGood evening
いまImanow
かえりkaerigoing home(noun)

Manuelこんばんは、パブロ。うん、かえるところ!
(Konbanwa, Pablo. Un, Kaeru tokoro)

はい/うんHai (Official or humble) / Un(Casual)Yes
かえるkaerugoing home(verb)
ところ tokoromoment
(tokoro has two meanings: “Place” and “moment”.)


Pablo : そっか、じゃぁまたあしたね。バイバイ!
(sokka, ja mata ashita ne. bye bye)

そっかSokkaI see (Casual)
じゃぁjaathen
またmataagain
あしたashitatomorrow
neending particle to ask for agreement 
バイバイ!baibaiBye bye!

Manuel:うん、またあした!
     (Un, mata ashita!)

Chihuahua
Chihuahua

What is official/humble and casual way of talking of Japanese?

Leto
Leto

When you talk with someone senior than you, you have to use official/humble form in Japan.


If you don’t, you can be very very rude. I recommend you to use only humble form at the beginning.

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I am currently living on the east coast in the US, and what I miss most right now is… actually, some good Sushi:9 It is too typical but yes, that is what I miss the most. I have to say that it is almost impossible to find any decent good Sushi restaurant with decent prices here in the U.S. I also cannot stop thinking about those “not too sweet great sweets” that are available at even convenient stores in Japan. You may not feel the  sweetness if you come from sugar oriented countries, but the quality of every sweet in Japan is just amazing.

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