Speakin' Japanese: Introduction/Greeting

by Takahiro Takiguchi
Stripes Japan

1. Hajimemashite. (How do you do?)
This expression is only used when you meet someone for the very first time. In future encounters, you may greet that person with simply:
“Ohayo gozai masu” = Good morning,
“Konnichiwa” = Good afternoon
“Konbanwa” = Good evening

2. Watashi no namae wa John desu. (My name is John)
“… no namae wa …” = My name is.
When referring to others, “… no …” = ‘s
“Kanai/Otto no namae wa Hanako desu.” = My wife’s/husband’s name is Hanako.
“Musume/musuko no namae wa Yuki desu.” = My daughter’s/son’s name is Yuki.
“Chichi/haha no namae wa Jun desu.” = My father’s/mother’s name is Jun.

3. Naha ni sunde imasu. (I live in Naha.)
“ni sunde imasu” = “I live in ...”
“Kadena ni sunde imasu.” = I live in Kadena.
“Kichi ni sunde imasu.” = I live in the Base.
“Machi ni suinde imasu.” = I live in a town.

4. Kanai ga imasu.(I have a wife.) To introduce family members, use “ga imasu” (literally, “there is”).
“Otto ga imasu.“ = I have a husband.
“Musuko ga imasu.“ = I have a son.
“Musume ga imasu. = I have a daughter.
“Ryoshin ga imasu. = I have my parents.

5. Yoroshiku onegai shimasu. (I look forward for your acquaintance. [Literally, please remember/cherish this encounter].)
This is always said to close an introduction.

takiguchi.takahiro@stripes.com

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