Japanese Lessons: Introducing yourself (to new people)
I realize that I have not yet made a lesson on how to actually introduce yourself in Japanese, which is one of the most important things you can do.
A common introduction may look like this. Let's say that the person's name is Misaki Yamaguchi, and she's a 19 year old college student.
yamaguchi san: hajimemashite! watashi wa yamaguchi misaki desu. watashi wa jyuu-kyuu sai no daigakusei desu. Nihon/⊛nippon kara kimashita. Yoroshiku onegaishimasu
Miss Yamaguchi: Nice to meet you! I'm Misaki Yamaguchi. I'm a 19 year old college student. I came from Japan. Let's get along/Please treat me kindly
⊛There are two ways to say 'Japan'. Nihon and nippon are both commonly used.
It is not necessary to use 'watashi' as often as I did, but to a learner it makes the most sense to read (in my opinion of course. To each their own).
はじめまして hajimemashite- the standard 'nice to meet you', literally means 'for the first time'
私は＿＿＿です *watashi wa _ desu*- I am/my name is __
私は＿＿＿歳です *watashi wa _ sai desu*- I'm years old
Not everyone is a college student however, so to say your grade or occupation, there is another list of vocabulary below.
小学生（しょうがくせい）shougakusei- Elementary school student
中学生（ちゅうがくせい）chuugakusei- Middle school student
高校生(こうこうせい）koukousei- High school student
大学生（だいがくせい）daigakusei- College student
To say 'my name is', you can also way 私の名前は＿＿＿です *watashi no namae wa desu*, which literally means 'my name is _'.
To say your age, you simply say 私は＿＿＿歳ですwatashi wa ___ sai desu
Below, I have the sai included with the number, so don't accidentally say it twice.
１３歳 jyuu-san sai- 13 years old
１４歳 jyuu-yon sai- 14 years old
１５歳 jyuu-go sai- 15 years old
１６歳 jyuu-roku sai- 16 years old
１７歳 jyuu-nana sai- 17 years old
１８歳 jyuu-hassai- 18 years old
１９歳 jyuu-kyuu sai- 19 years old
２０歳 ni jyussai- 20 years old
２１歳 ni jyuu-ichi sai- 21 years old
２２歳 ni jyuu-ni sai- 22 years old
To say where you're from, you simply put you country name followed by から来ました kara kimashita
List of countries
日本 （にほん/日本) nihon/nippon- Japan
韓国（かんこく）kankoku- South Korea
アメリカ amerika- America
イギリス igirisu- England
オーストラリア oosutoraria- Australia
ベトナム betonamu- Vietnam
フランス furansu- France
ドイツ doitsu- Germany
イタリア itaria- Italy
ロシア roshia- Russia
To say something alone the lines of you're french or american, you simply put 人 jin at the end of the country
アメリカ人 amerikajin- American
ドイツ人 doitsujin- German
韓国人 kankokujin- Korean
Using this you should be able to provide a self-introduction (or 自己紹介 jiko shoukai) and state your name, age, occupation, and where you're from. You can try it in the comments if you would like to, whether or not you use roman letters or Japanese script it's up to you. I hope you found this helpful.
Hi I'm interested in Japanese and would like to learn it some time could anyone learn 2 language's at the same time?
Absolutely. You can learn more than 2 as well, depending on how dedicated you are.
Isn't 二十歳 generally pronounced ハタチ (hatachi)? I'm just wondering because it's what my Japanese professors always taught me. Thank you so much for taking the time to write these lessons!!
That's actually correct. I learned that after I wrote this lesson, I didn't think people were still looking through these. Thank you for pointing it out!
I thought that in Japanese they don’t use the subject much, but you are having people say watashi wa over and over again. Doesn’t that sound a bit egocentric to them? Also, I just learned “Tanaka toiimasu” to introduce oneself and you did not include that nor which introduction is used when, in Japanese?