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Questions tagged [greetings]

挨拶. Reciprocal verbal exchanges like "hello". Includes slang, colloquial, dialectal, and differing politeness levels.

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Greeting mispronounced to be funny

Can anyone think of a "greeting" (older man to younger woman he's never met) that is funny (but not impolite) because it contains mispronunciations of a normal greeting? It would be mimicing a genuine ...
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Meaning of ちはース

Context: a boy shouts 「ちはース」 after seeing that a fan club for a boxer has only female members. He is happy to discover this since he is the kind of guy that always tries to flirt with pretty girls. I ...
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How to reply to 「いま、すごく幸せです?」

I have a colleague who is blessed with a girl child and I posted a greeting saying おめでとうございます In reply to this, he said  ありがとう。いま、すごく幸せです? I guess he is asking me about my well being. How ...
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Is おはようです just weird

I'm watching the anime ひぐらしのなく頃に. There's a character in it who greets people with おはようです. At first I thought it was just a cute affectation, but then I wondered, if おはようございます is okay then why not ...
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Generic Japanese greeting new people?

The most commonly cited one is Konnichiwa, but knowing that is time specific, can it be used generically in all hours of the day as a "hello" instead of a specific "good afternoon"? Ohayou and ...
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What is the full expression of hajimemashite / 始めまして?

I've read that はじめました or 〜まして is a shortened form of an expression originally meaning “I meet you for the first time”. If that's true, then what is the full expression?
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How to say hello and goodbye in shops?

I am currently staying in Japan for four weeks. I learned to read & write kana and some basic Japanese (basic particles and sentence structure and some vocabulary), but as you can imagine I’m ...
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Online versus face to face [duplicate]

Is it ok to still say はじめまして to a Japanese person when you have been talking online prior to meeting face to face? Or would that be weird?
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How common is こちらこそ used? Is it considered very formal?

If i meet a friend's friend and he/she says よろしくお願いします, would people usually say こちらこそ? I saw this in the NHK japanese lesson page and was wondering if this is considered very formal and weird if i ...
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Help with translation of 今後ともよろしくお願い致します

こちらこそありがとうございます! 今後ともよろしくお願い致します🙇‍♂️ First sentence is fine. Second is tricky, I don't know exactly meaning. But my guess is, From now on we can be friends. is it correct and what is this male ...
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Is 「お元気ですか」 an acceptable/common greeting?

English (and other languages) speakers often use "How are you?", "What's up?", "How's it going?" and similar phrases as greetings. Other language speakers and cultures will refrain from asking such a ...
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Casual wedding greetings for friends

I wanted to greet my friends for their wedding. I suppose it would go something like this: “Wishing you a lifetime of love and happiness!” How would the japanese translation go? “... ご結婚お幸せに!” ...
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What is the correct response to “Osoreirimasu”?

If someone were to say that to me, what would I say in response? Do I thank them as well, for their service? Do I say "Sumimasen"?
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What's the difference between 謹賀新年, 明けましておめでとうございます, and 新年おめでとうございます, as New Year's greetings?

Aside from translation differences, I was never sure of what distinguishes them from each other. Anyone else know?
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When you introduce yourself to someone, do you say your first name first, or your last name first?

title says all basically if someone (i'll use the name bob smith as an example) were to introduce themselves, would they call themselves "smith bob" or just "bob smith"
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How to greet your workmates casually in Japanese IT field office?

How 30-50 year old Japanese male would say hello to another male colleague in same age in same organisational level in IT company? I'm looking for everyday based not formal way to communicate.
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Respect for the Aged Greeting

Sorry if this is off topic, but today is respect for the aged day in Japan, and I'm unsure how to greet elderly individuals, if at all. What would be the proper greeting? Would one greet individuals ...
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Can “mata itsuka” be used in casual conversation?

Recently I came across this exchange: Person A: Ja ne. Person B: Mata aou. Person C: Ja ne. Mata itsuka. Real casual till that last line. I've been told that "itsuka" is a way to express uncertainty....
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Is こんにちは a question?

I came across a cartoon of a Japanese lesson with こんにちは? On a blackboard. Is the greeting actually a question? The impression I have (eg from https://en.m.wiktionary.org/wiki/今日は ) is that ...
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Other than はじめまして, what can we say in our introduction?

Other than はじめまして, what else can we say at the beginning of our introduction when meeting someone for the first time? Also, what else do we need to say when introducing ourselves other than our name ...
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Is it appropriate (and friendly) to say こんにちは to random people?

For example, if I pass a random person on the sidewalk in Japan, would it be appropriate to say こんにちは? I've had people do that to me. Is it considered friendly? Polite? Rude? Does it depend on ...
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Meaning of はにゃせ or はにやせ

Context: two people are walking on a street and a tramp says to them: はにゃせー、バカヤロー I'm not sure if it's はにゃせ or はにやせ, because it is written in small fonts, I am attaching an image so you can tell. ...
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The uses of おはよう, こんばんわ and おやすみ

How should I use ohayō, konbanwa and oyasumi? As a greeting or as a goodbye?
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how to make clear that your japanese is bad?

When I travelled Japan I always started off talking to Japanese people with the following sentence: すいません、私の日本語は下手です。。。 This would always get the typical "oh" and nodding heads in answer and then ...
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What is the recommended timing for あけおめ ことよろ?

Contrarily to the abbreviated informal (if not rude) version I used in the title, the usual greeting for the New Year is quite long: 明けましておめでとうございます。今年もよろしくお願いします。 Those are two sentences, and it ...
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Saying goodbye to a store clerk

Many times I find myself saying thanks to a store clerk, flowed by their saying thank you very much. I am used to walking away saying bye or have a nice day, but am not sure what the equivalent is. ...
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“お休みなさい” not appropriate between male neighbours?

In a japanese マンション I noticed that after sharing the common elevator when going back home at night, most of the female residents would greet by "お休みなさい" before leaving, while it seemed that male ...
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Greeting when meeting somebody a second time in the day?

Let's say I went to the doctor in the morning, greeting the venerable professional with a sincere "こんにちは", and that I left him after he healed my terrible headache. Now let's say that during the ...
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Ways to greet someone irrespective of time and situation?

Are there some Japanese greetings like the English "hello"? Most greetings seems to be tied up temporally or by another specific situation ([もしもし] for phones, [こんにちは] during day time). If I left a ...
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Is またね OK even if I don't literally expect to see them again?

After a casual conversation with strangers, is it ok to use またね, even though I don't literally expect to see them again? バイバイ and さよなら feel too Englishy to me, and I assume "see you" is still English, ...
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Pronunciation of こんばんは? [duplicate]

Konbanwa, spelled Konbanha, is a greeting used in the evening. It is pronounced ko-m-ba-n-wa. I don't know if it's my hearing, but to me, the second n is silent. Sometimes I hear it as ko-m-báo-wa ...
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“fancy meeting you here”

Is there a phrase that Japanese people use to express amusement when seeing each other unexpectedly? For example, if you just said goodbye and then ran into each other somewhere else?
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Which form is はじめまして?

So I've learned that はじめまして is used in first meetings and that it stems from the verb はじめる (to start; to begin). But what form is it? It's apparently not the polite past form, which has a -た at the ...
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Regarding どういたしまして usage

Japanese textbooks teach us to reply どういたしまして。 when people say ありがとうございます。So generally it means "You're welcome~" But I read that a lot of people saying that when we say どういたしまして。 it somewhat looks "...
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Why is domo used also to say hello?

I'm confused 'domo' literally means 'very' so I can't understand why they use it as a way of greeting
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Is お needed before 誕生日おめでとう?

お誕生日おめでとう vs 誕生日おめでとう What's the difference? And is it needed?
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Hearing いらっしゃいませ when leaving the building. Why?

Whenever I leave my office building for lunch a guard in charge greets me (everyone) with a: お疲れさまです。いらっしゃいませ。 Edit: This is a recording of what I heard. Based on comments I received under this ...
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Writing a birthday letter to a friend

Okay here is my dilemma, I am going to a write to a Japanese friend a birthday letter but I don't know how should I construct it; I've tried to search around the net and I found both formal and ...
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Email greeting for a teacher I've never met

I've only studied Japanese for two semesters, 10 years ago, so this is a really basic question... If I'm emailing a teacher at an American university (let's call him 塚中) that I've never met before to ...
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How to situationally respond to 「お元気ですか」?

I'm curious about how native speakers actually respond to the simple question of 「お元気ですか。」 I'm currently going into my third year of studying Japanese. My first-year Japanese professor impressed upon ...
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What do I have to say when accepting my employer's request to be a LINE friend?

My employer sent a request with a message saying "田中です。" What do I have to say when accepting my employer's request to be a LINE friend?
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Can “yee ka ka desu ka” mean “how are you?”

I was learning Japanese a few years ago and a phrase I picked up (I think from the Pimsleur program) was "Yee ka ka desu ka" (or maybe the "Yee" was written as "ii" to pronounce as a short form of "ee"...
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こんにちは and こんばんは only once a day per person?

I recently saw a video on greetings in Japan and the guy said something that I've never heard before: "you cannot use こんにちは more then once per day to the same person". He proceeded to explain that if ...
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What is the correct way of saying “see you”?

I've started learning japanese not long ago, from what I've learned the correct way to say "see you" is じゃ【ja】、また【mata】. But I've just seen a show and a character said じゃね【ja ne】. So I searched a ...
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A self-introduction for academic purposes

I somehow managed to get a MEXT scholarship. Now I've got to make a self-presentation, but I've been struggling with it since I'm more used to reading than writing (which is one reason I could get ...
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How do I greet a group of people in different time zones?

Let's say a group of friends from different countries are in a Skype call. For me, perhaps it's morning, while others are in midday or nighttime hours in their respective countries. When in a one-on-...
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Arimasu as a parting phrase

Hope this is an appropriate question! I visited Tokyo back in September and got by on some very basic Japanese (though more often with the help of their good grasp on English). Anyway, there was a ...
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Is saying 行ってきます and ただいま appropriate for guests?

We are asked to stay at a family friend's house for a couple of days. I was wondering, given that we're guests, what are the appropriate greetings to say when you're leaving and coming back to the ...
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What are valid responses to the expressions 「はじめまして」 and 「よろしくおねがいします」 used in introductions?

I came across a learn-Japanese book from the 1980s and wanted to know what you guys think. The book gave a general formula for introduction and here is how it goes: Someone says their name with any ...
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Greeting a friend saying 'yo'

I've heard in anime that close friends greet each other saying 'yo', as if it were the same in English when you say "yo!". I've been searching how to write it, but I have only found the common ways to ...