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What is the difference between Konnichiwa and Konbanwa? Is it appropriate to use either one in everyday conversations?

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To help get you started, "konnichi wa" can be used as a general greeting (often during daytime hours) whereas "konban wa" tends to be used during evening hours. –  summea Apr 9 '13 at 6:26

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They are both common greetings. The "ban" in "konbanwa" means "evening". The "nichi" in "konnichiwa" means "day".

We use "ohayou gozaimasu" before about 10:30 am, "konnichiwa" after about 10:30 am, and "konbanwa" in the evening.

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i actually just got to work at 1:30 and everyone said ohayou gozaimasu lol. i am so confused with how they handle time cuz even at like 7-8:00, i hear people say konnichwa –  david May 16 '14 at 5:01

Konnichiwa is MAINLY used as an Greeting as in "Hello" While Konbanwa is used to greet people in the evening.

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