Greetings in Japanese

Greetings are one of the most important tools for reaching out to Japanese people. If you want to get to know Japanese people and the Japanese culture, the first thing you need to learn is traditional Japanese greetings. You'll use these greetings day in and day out, so learn them well! Click on any blue button below to hear a greeting, then repeat the greeting out load.
English
Japanese
Hello! (greeting)
こんにちわ
Konnichiwa
Good morning!
おはようございます
Ohayō gozaimasu!
Good evening!
こんばんわ
Konbanwa!
Good night!
おやすみなさい
Oyasumi nasai
Hello (answering phone)
もしもし
Moshi Moshi
It's nice to meet you
はじめまして
Hajimemashite
How have you been?
さいきん どう
Saikin dō?
It's been a while
おひさしぶりです
Ohisashiburi desu
See you tomorrow
また明日
mata ashita
Goodbye (for a long time)
さようなら
sayounara
See you
ではまた
dewa mata
I am glad to meet you
おあいできて うれしいです
Oaidekite ureshī desu.
What is your name?
お名前は何ですか
O-namae wa nan desu ka?
My name is______.
わたしのなまえは .
Watashi no namae wa ________ desu.
I am ___________.
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Watashi wa _________ desu
How are you?
おげんきですか
O-genki desu ka
I'm fine. Thank you!
わたし わ げんき です。 ありがと
Watashi wa genki desu. Arigato!
Pleased to meet you.
どうぞ よろしくおねがいします
douzo yoroshiku onegai shimasu
Where do you live?
どこにすんでいますか
Doko ni sunde imasuka?
I live in _____________.
_______ にすんでいます
________ ni sunde imasu.
How old are you?
なんさいですか
Nan sai desuka?
I am [age] years
[age] さいです
sai desu
What's your phone number?
でんわばんごうはなんばんですか
Denwa bangoo wa nanban desuka?
My phone number is ________.
でんわばんごうは [number] ですです
Denwa bangoo wa [number] desu.
This is my wife.
こちらは私の妻です
Kochira wa watashi no tsuma desu.
This is my husband.
こちら わ わたし の おっと です
Kochira wa watashi no otto desu.
This is my friend.
こちら わ わたし の ゆうじん です
Kochira wa watashi no yuujin desu.
Welcome. How nice of you to come.
いらっしゃい
irasshai
Thank you!
ども ありがと
domo arigato
You are welcome. (giving thanks)
どういたしまして
Dou itashi mashite.
Where are you from?
どこの出身ですか?
Doko no shusshin desu ka?
I'm from (the U.S/ Japan)
アメリカ/日本からです
Amerika/Nihon kara desu
What do you do for a living?
お仕事は何ですか?
Osigoto wa nandesu ka?
I have to go
私は行かなければなりません
Watashi wa ikanakereba narimasen
I'll be right back.
すぐ戻ります
Sugu modori masu.