# What is the difference between こんにちは and もしもし?

I will be in Japan in a few weeks and I am trying to learn the basic to be as polite as possible.

One of the first things I did was try some basic stuff with Google Translate but I feel lost already.

When I try to translate hello from english to japanese I get: こんにちは

When I try Hello I get: もしもし

Why is there a difference, is this a Google issue or there is a real difference between both? Which one should I use to say: Hello

Thanks!

• Hi Jordan and welcome to JLU. There is clearly a difference between the two, and explaining it could make a valid (albeit extremely basic) question. However, the way your question is currently phrased, your question is asking about an external software tool, not Japanese and it therefore off-topic for JLU. Please edit your question accordingly. Moreover, I hope you do realise that Google Translate is nowhere near accurate enough to provide you useful help in learning even basic Japanese. – Dave Jan 26 '13 at 2:01
• @Dave The body of the question is about Japanese and not an external software tool. – Earthliŋ Jan 26 '13 at 2:06
• Thanks, I will try to rephrase, but as @user1205935 said, the main question was what is the difference between こんにちは and もしもし. UPDATE: snailplane did the rephrase. Thanks! – JordanBelf Jan 26 '13 at 2:25
• I'd like to second the idea that you shouldn't try to learn Japanese from Google Translate. Please see the question Resources for learning Japanese. – snailcar Jan 26 '13 at 2:53
• Thanks @snailplane you all are right, I just wanted to get a glimpse at it and when I found out that Hello and hello was different I was(am) a little bit scared of trying to learn it. Buy I will give it a try.I love trying to speak the main language of the places I travel to. – JordanBelf Jan 26 '13 at 4:21