How do you say "Hello" in Japanese?

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I wanted to know how to say "Hello" in Japanese?

Posted Thu 10th May, 2012 @ 18:09 by Kiran

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Kiran wrote:

I wanted to know how to say "Hello" in Japanese?


The most common way to say hello in Japanese is konnichiwa (ko-n-ni-chi-wa). This means Good Afternoon, but you can use it as a greeting :) You could also say ohayou (oh-high-yo-u) which means Good Morning. Or konbanwa (ko-n-ba-n-wa) which means Good Evening. Also when the Japanese talk on the phone they typically say moshi moshi as a greeting :)

But if you want to keep it simple just use konnichiwa :)

Answered Tue 15th May, 2012 @ 18:59 by Shelbie
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Hi, I'm a native Japanese speaker. We say "hello" in everyday conversation and in many situations

This idiom has some meanings depending on the case. Shelbie has explained the most though.

Here's another example.

When you enter a shop and you couldn't see any staffs there, you could say "Hello?" also.

That could mean kinda "Excuse me?". This is equal to "sumimasen" in Japanese. But you might know, this "sumimasen" doesn't mean to beg.

For example, "Hello, is anybody there?" in this shop case, this means "sumimasen, donataka irasshaimasuka?" in Japanese.

Sorry if I confuse you with my English.


Answered Thu 17th May, 2012 @ 13:03 by k10lie
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Answered Thu 10th May, 2012 @ 18:23 by Sabah x