Japanese Words and Phrases

Basic expressions

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All of this time, you’ve been going along learning Japanese vocabulary and grammar, but there’s a chance that you don’t even know simple Japanese greetings yet (through no fault of your own). So here they are, learn them well:

ohayou (gozaimasu) – good morning
konnichi wa – hello
konban wa – good evening (said when meeting someone)
oyasumi (nasai) – good night (said when departing)
hajimemashite – I’m pleased to meet you, how do you do?
sayounara – good bye
dewa mata – good bye, later (more informal than sayounara)
jaa mata – see you later (more informal than dewa mata)
(doumo) arigatou (gozaimasu) – thank you (add the words in () to increase politeness)
dou itashimashite – you’re welcome, don’t mention it
(o)genki( desu ka)? – how are you? (lit. are you well?)

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  1. konnichiwa! to all! doumoarigatogozaimasu!,,,,…

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