Simple Japanese Greetings and words: Lesson 1
Hi everyone, with the buzz about no Japanese for English Speakers, I decided that I would make a basic course from what I have learned.
This is just a basic table of Japanese sounds in Hiragana that you can form words out of. (The Latin letters are romaji, which are used only for pronunciation guides or informal occasions)
So now to move on to some simple greetings. (The Japanese characters used are Hiragana, the same used in the chart above.
Hello : Konnichiwa: こんにちは
Thank you: Arigatō: ありがとう
How are you: Ogenkidesuka: お元気ですか
No: iie: いいえ
Yes: Hai: はい
Good: Ī: いい
That's it for right now , I will post more later. Feel free to comment down below if you have any thoughts, suggestions, or input.
Some things that might be worth pointing out, "desu ka" is typically pronounced "des ka" when being casual (i and u are typically dropped between consonants k, s, t, p, h) and that "konnichi wa" is spelled "konnichi ha" (は is a topic marker and pronounced "wa"). いいえ (iie) can also mean "dont mention it", or "your welcome".
If you want to say goodbye, instead of the stereotypical 'sayoonara', Ittekimasu is a better goodbye because it means "I'll go and come back", so closer to a "see you soon" while sayoonara really implies you'll never see the person again.
Also, 'ogenki desu ka' isn't normally used unless you haven't seen that person in a long time. A better greeting might be 'Hajimemashite" ( はじめまして ) which translates to "How do you do?"