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Basic Japanese Greetings

In the morning:

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When you greet someone in the morning, you can say this. This is a polite expression.

おはようございます。 Ohayo gozaimasu

Good Morning.

 

When you greet your friends in the morning, you can say this.

おはよう!  Ohayo gozaimasu

Morning!

In the afternoon:

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When you greet someone in the afternoon, you can say this. This is a polite expression.

こんにちは。 Konnichiwa

Good Afternoon.

 

There is no casual version of this. You don't say "Good afternoon" to your friend in English either, do you?

In the evening:

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When you greet someone in the afternoon, you can say this. This is a polite expression.

こんばんはKobanwa

Good Evening

 

There is no casual version of this. You don't say "Good evening" to your friend in English either, do you?

Saying goodbye:

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When you say goodbye to someone, you can say this. This is a polite expression.

さようなら。 Sayoonara

Goodbye.

But Sayonara sounds very cold, it is nicer to add this. This is a polite expression

では、またおめにかかります。  Dewa Mata Omeni kakarimasu

See you next time.

 

When you say good bay to your friends, you can say this without Goodbye.

じゃあ、また!  Jaa Mata

See you then!

Saying thank you:

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When you express your appreciation to someone, you can say this. This is a polite expression.

ありがとうございます。 Arigato gozaimasu

Thank you.

 

When you express your appreciation to friends in the morning, you can say this.

ありがとう!  Arigato!

Thanks!

Saying Excuse me:

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You can use this expression for both "Excuse me" or "I'm sorry". This is a polite expression.

すみません。 Sumimasen.

Excuse me / I'm sorry.

When you would like to say this to your friends, you can say this.

ごめん!  Gomen!

Sorry!

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Saying it's fine:

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You can use this expression for both "No problem" or "It's fine". This is a polite expression.

だいじょうぶです。 Daijoubu desu.

No problem. / It's fine.

When you would like to say this to your friends, you can say this.

だいじょうぶ!  Daijobu!

It's Okay!