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Infographic: How to Greet People in Japanese

These are phrases you need to know in order to greet people in Japanese.

Infographic: how to greet people in Japanese

Japanese greetings. Click on image to view full size.

Good morning.
おはようございます.
ohayou gozaimasu.

Nice to meet you, I’m John.
はじめまして、ジョンと申します.
hajimemashite, jon to moushimasu.

I’m happy to meet you.
どうぞよろしくお願いします.
douzo yoroshiku onegai shimasu.

What’s your name?
お名前は何ですか?
onamae wa nan desu ka.

Where are you from?
ご出身はどこですか?
goshusshin wa doko desu ka.

I’m from America.
アメリカから来ました.
amerika kara kimashita.

How are you doing?
お元気ですか?
ogenki desu ka.


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I’m fine, thank you.
おかげさまで元気です.
okagesama de genki desu.

It’s an honor to meet you.
お目にかかれて光栄です.
ome ni kakarete kouei desu.

I don’t believe we’ve met…
初めてお会いすると思いますが…
hajimete oai suru to omoimasu ga.

I’ve been looking forward to seeing you.
お目にかかるのを楽しみにしていました.
ome ni kakaru no o tanoshimi ni shite imashita.

Thank you for your support in advance.
これからお世話になります.
kore kara osewa ni narimasu.

This is a token of my gratitude.
これ、ほんの気持ちです.
kore, hon no kimochi desu.

Long time no see.
お久しぶりですね.
ohisashiburi desu ne.

You look great.
元気そうですね.
genki sou desu ne.

What have you been up to?
最近はどうしていましたか?
saikin wa dou shite imashita ka.

When was the last time we met?
最後にお会いしたのはいつでしたかね?
saigo ni oai shita no wa itsu deshita ka ne.

I hope we’ll meet again soon.
近いうちにまた会えるといいですね.
chikai uchi ni mata aeru to ii desu ne.

I’ll be leaving now.
そろそろ失礼します.
sorosoro shitsurei shimasu.

Goodbye.
さようなら.
sayounara.

See you again.
それじゃあ、また.
sore jaa, mata.


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