Basic Japanese Greetings

Here is a list of easy to use and understand Japanese greetings. There is a lot to the Japanese language but every conversation you'll ever have will begin or end with one of these super useful and basic greetings. There is a short test at the end of this lesson. Try not to peak!

Japanese
English
Ohayo gozaimasu Good morning
Konichiwa Good afternoon
Konbanwa Good evening
Shitsurei shimasu I'm sorry (for doing that.)
Sayonara Good bye
Onegai shimasu Please (when you are asking for something.)
Ostukaresama deshita You must be tired (from what you did.)
Arigatou gozaimasu Thank you
Sayonara Good bye
Moshiwake nai Forgive me
Sumimasen Thank you (for going to all that trouble.)
Shitsurei shimasu Excuse me for leaving early
Doitashimashita Don't mention it
Doozo Please (when you offer something.)
Yoroshiku (I hope things go smoothly between us.)

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Try to Translate the Following:

How do you say the following in Japanese...

1. Please (when offering something.)
2. Forgive me
3. Excuse me
4. Good morning
5. Good bye
6. You must be tired.
7. Thank you (for going to all that trouble.)
8. Good afternoon
9. Thank you
10. Good evening

Lesson 2 Test Answers

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