Basic Japanese Greetings

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First Impression matters the most

Hello, our happy readers!
Welcome to the first topic (Japanese greetings) on our Japanese highway!

Many people say – The first impression is the best impression”! And greetings are the best tools to make a good impression! That is why Japanese people also emphasize on using various greetings for various occasions and situations.

So, let’s dive into the pool of Japanese greetings and phrases which you can use to greet your Japanese friend!

The Goal of this Session

Learn the basic greetings and phrases which you can use in daily life while talking to Japanese people.

Brief Explanation

This is the very first greeting which means Nice to meet you. It is used when self-introducing yourself for the first time to someone.Greeting in Japanese is あいさつ(aisatsu).

Let us see some more basic greetings.
Good morning in Japanese is おはようございます(ohayou-gozaimasu), which is a polite way to greet your elders or seniors.
But to your friends or family members, you can also just say  おはよう(ohayou) casually.

Similarly, Good night is おやすみなさい (oyasumi-nasai) and to say it casually, you can skip なさい (nasai) and just say おやすみ (oyasumi). Also, to ask – how are you? in short, you can simply say げんき (genki)? and not the formal version as おげんきですか (ogenki desuka)?

The expressions presented are not explained from a grammatical point of view as they are best memorized as set phrases. But you can understand them more deeply when we study grammar sessions in future!


1. Video lessons

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2. Fun way to Memorize!!

To memorize the greetings and phrases, we have provided a video link that will help you to learn musically! It will also help you in developing your listening skills because songs can be useful in language learning as they provide a format for memorizing vocabulary and rhythm of the language.

So, we suggest you to become a kid again and use your creativity to widen your language learning potential.

Practice Test

Japanese greeting

Note :

  1. Answers to this test will be sent to the registered mail, along with the test results. Also, you can check your results in My account upon sign up.
  2. If you score over 70% you will receive an appreciation certificate. 

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Did You know ?

Bowing is one of the most important things in Japanese etiquettes, and there are three types of bowing which they use, depending on the situation.
1) 15-degree bow (えしゃく, eshaku): used for informal and light greeting, gratitude or apology.
2) 30-degree bow (けいれい, keirei): used in formal situations, for example, to greet a customer or client with respect.
3) 45-degree bow (さいけいれい, saikeirei): used when you greet or apologize with respect at the highest level of seriousness.

Recommended books

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To summarize

That is all about basic greetings you need to know initially! And now you are free to greet anyone in Japanese.

Also, you can switch to next Vocabulary topic.

Until then, おげんきで(ogenkide) [which means take care!] またね( matane) [which means see you!].


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