"Nice to meet you, I am Maria."


October 31, 2017



はじめまして(hajimemashite)(nice to meet you)、マリア(まりあ)(maria)(person's name)です(desu)(when you politely say word)

March 19, 2018


Thank you. These broken down versions really help pull the these phrases apart and really understand the sentence structure at play here

October 19, 2018


Another common way to introduce yourself would be "マリアと申します" but it would be used in more formal situations :)

October 31, 2017


For anyone wondering, 申します is the kanji form of もうします, a more formal/humble form of the verb 言います(いいます).

March 15, 2018


Why use kanji? In 言います you put less efforts to remember and write い instead of 言. Compare: 言います and いいます. Please, explain. Thank you

October 15, 2018


Good question! Please, somebody, explain.

June 17, 2019


言います, 申します are the same meaning but they have different levels of politeness.
AFAIK there is no rule that says you can't use all Kanas BUT there are common habits where most people use Kanji.

June 22, 2019



September 26, 2018


はじめまして、マリア といいます is also correct, isn't it?

October 31, 2017


Yes, it is, with a slighly different meaning. Something like "call me Maria" (いいます means to call and と indicates how you wanna be called). Like the way I would say "call me Deb" when my name is Deborah.

October 31, 2017


I'm entirely new to Japanese grammar, and can't seem to find any tips in the program. Does the "I am" part always come after the name or introduction?

July 19, 2018


I am finding this very confusing with things, symbols I don't think I'v seen before and not in the translation.

September 24, 2018


I believe it would actually be "Hajimemashite, Watashi wa Maria desu." You add the Watashi and the Wa to designate that our talking about yourself. You could very well be misinterpreted as thinking the person you are talking to is Maria.

October 31, 2017


Your case does not exist as it is not reasonable that you would need to tell the person you are talking to what his/her name is. You can make a question like this by ending with Desu Ka, but it would still be very very rude to mention a person you meet for the first time by first name and without San or Sama.

October 31, 2017


Not really. In this context omission of subject is far more usual than not.

If I am to pick faults it is about using first name and Desu, which makes the sentence only useful in certain scenario, e.g. between young people in a relatively casual situation. This somehow fits the level of this course.

October 31, 2017


といいますwas correct in the previous J->E translation, why not here? Is it because はじめましてmakes it more (or less?) formal?

December 9, 2017


Wouldn't this be translated to "Nice to meet you, Maria"? Wouldn't it be more accurate to list it instead as "はじめまして、わたしはマリアです。"?

July 8, 2018


Like many others below, I am new to Japanese and completely puzzled everyday, sometimes one word is one symbol and other times more symbols. I guess I need more basics.

October 3, 2018


this is ALSO right! あなたに会えてよかった、私はマリアです。

April 4, 2018


初めまして is the version with kanji, although it is very rarely used..

November 20, 2018


Okay what the heck, I don't understand is it me or is it duolingo, but it seems they can write it ですWhile I have to write it ますOtherwise it counts it wrong...know I actually put ますAnd it's counting it wrong. so can anyone tell me which one is it?

December 16, 2018


Its です

January 3, 2019


How to say, "She is Maria"?

April 14, 2019


Wa Maria-San Desu.

May 5, 2019


Keeps rejecting my answer because I use commas instead of "、". Boo... not cool!

May 30, 2019


Why does it tell us that it is pronounced as "kito but then tells us that it is written like" じん ?

June 16, 2019


The same Kanji may be pronounced in a few different ways in different words, even for the same radical meaning.

June 22, 2019


Can I say "はじめまして、私はマリアです"?

August 23, 2018


I thought that the subject always comes first

September 22, 2018


This is so hard

October 2, 2018


始めまして、マリアです should be accepted.

January 15, 2019


I get this one wrong every time :'(

January 17, 2019


Oh alright

March 3, 2019


So confused on the use of Jin. I am maria - maria desu. But I am John- john jin desu. How do you know when to use jin?

April 3, 2019


Jin is to point where you're from. If you're american, you are Amerika-Jin. I know this will sound stupid, but if you ever watched Dragon Ball Z, Goku was a saiya-jin, so that might help you remember.

May 5, 2019


is the 'u' at the end always silent?

April 12, 2019


Yes, just there to indicate a long vowel.

May 5, 2019


I was using my Japanese keyboard setting, and when I typed my answer it changed the first part to Kanji (I also may have mistyped some of the Hirigana.) Could someone tell me what this means? 橋ましてマリアです

April 26, 2019


I can sound it out amd understand it! I'm so happy right now!

June 13, 2019


I feel like i have just been thrown out of a tree and told to fly for the intro

June 19, 2019


Catch me translating character by character

July 4, 2019


I used the keyboard function, just to try it out. I was prompted to use "始めますて", 始 I guess meaning "はじ"。I guess this is wrong, someone please help

July 4, 2019
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