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How to introduce yourself in Japanese? | Native speaker tells you good example!

Hi I'm Kuma from Japan. If you visit Japan,can you introduce yourself? Probably, it's difficult to explain yourself in Japanese.

Inu
I want to introduce myself in Japanese, but I don't know how to do that...
It seems difficult to introduce yourself in Japanese for you, so I explain that!
Neko

Today, I explain self-introduction in Japanese, I teach you really simple expressions so that you can imitate!

Self-introduction

  • Name
  • The country where you are from
  • Years old
  • hobby

I explain these things in order. If you can understand whole contents of this article, you can speak like this in Japanese.

Neko
①わたしのなまえはくまです。

②わたしは、アメリカしゅっしんです。

③わたしは、20さいです。

④わたしのしゅみはどくしょです。

Translation in English

①My name is Kuma.

②I'm from USA.

③I'm 20 years old.

④My hobby is reading books.

Let's learn these expressions. These are phrases which you will use many time when you come to Japan,so I recommend you to memorize the words!

Self-introduciton

Then,I start explanation.

Name

At first, I explain how to say "my name is" in Japanese

The expression of "my name is 〇〇" in Japanese

わたしのなまえは〇〇です。(Watashino namaewa 〇〇desu)

If you can master using this phrase, it's so great. This is because there're not many people who can speak this phrase except Japanese. Most of Japanese will be surprised when you use "わたしのなまえは(Watashino namaeha)" like "Why can you speak Japanese!?".

Example

If your name is "くま(Kuma)", you can make the sentence like below.

Neko
わたしのなまえは、くまです。(Watashino namaewa Kuma desu)
It seems easy for me! わたしのなまえは、ポポ(Popo)です。
Inu

The country where you are from

Next, I explain how to say "I'm from~" in Japanese. It's also important for you to get this phrase. This is because there are not many foreign people in Japan, compared with other countries. That is one reason that Japanese are interested in the country where you are from.

The expression of "I'm from 〇〇" in Japanese

わたしは、〇〇しゅっしんです。(Watashiwa shusshin desu)

It's OK to add your country's name to 〇〇. It's useful expression and you have many opportunities to use this phrase when you talk with Japanese.

Example

When you are from USA, you can say like below

Neko
わたしは、アメリカしゅっしんです。

※USA in Japanese is  "アメリカ(America)"

Years old

It's also essential to say your age. Then let's learn that expression!

The expression of "I'm 〇〇 years old" in Japanese

わたしは、〇〇さいです。(Watashiwa shusshin desu)

For example

If you want to say "I'm 20 years old", you can say....

Neko
わたしは、にじゅっさいです。(Watashiwa nijjusaidesu.)
Wow, you are young!
Inu
Neko
To tell the truth, I'm 35 years old.
I see...
Inu

Hobby

At last, I tell you the expression of "my hobby is"

The expression of "My hobby is 〇〇" in Japanese.

わたしのしゅみは、〇〇です。(Watashino shumiwa 〇〇 desu)

Japanese tend to ask others "What's your hobby?" or "What do you do when you are free?". If you memorise this phrase, you answer these questions perfectly!

Example

When you want to say "My hobby is reading books"

Neko
わたしのしゅみは、どくしょです。(Watashino shumiwa dokusho desu)
わたしもです。(Watashimodesu)
Inu

Explanation

※どくしょ = reading books

※わたしも です = "me too"

Natural self-introduction in Japanese

At last,I want to make those expressions which we learn today to be more natural. In Japanese, there are so many time that we omit a subject of the sentence. It's really natural that omitting subject. it's difficult to omit correctly.

However, if you can use this omission, your Japanese become really natural! Let’s learn that.

Good example

Neko
わたしのなまえはくまです。アメリカしゅっしんで、20さいです。しゅみはどくしょをすることです。

I explain these sentences.

アメリカしゅっしんで、20さいです。

America shusshinde nijjusai desu.

In this sentence there's no subject. This is because every person can understand the subject in this case, so we can omit "わたしは",which means "I" in English.

しゅみはどくしょをすることです。

Moreover, next sentence is also omitted “わたしの“ by the same reason. わたしの means “my” in Japanese, and it goes without saying that my hobby because others can understand that.

At last

That's it. Thank you for reading this article.

I'm happy if I can talk with you in Japanese! See you next time.

-Japanese

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