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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.

August 29, 2015



thanks for sharing^^


What is the difference in pronunciation in 'su' and 'tsu'?


I believe the difference is that "tsu" has a very soft 't' sound in beginning, like a soft hiss. I hope this helps!


Looks good,

but why do you teach hiragana and give a word in katakana? ノーis not the standard.

I suggest you should go with いいえ (iie) in hiragana for "no" first.


Thanks, I wasn't even paying attention to that.


You're welcome. Good to see the correction. Please change the reading. "No: Nō : いいえ"


I just did :) Arigato


どういたしまして。But there is still the reading "Nō".


Shouldn't the accent be there, so people know how to properly pronounce it?


The reading should be "iie" now. The accent is not the problem. You can also use use the accent over the "i".


Thanks! I knew some of these but not Ogenkidesuka or the word for good. Have a lingot.


Sounding out こんにちは was a really fun way to see how the characters make up the word. ありがとう !


Yes it was, thanks for checking this out! :)


If someone is interested, here's the truth about how to use these greetings in Japanese: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hC3CPr5nyIs


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?"


u helped me a lot noice one!!!!!

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