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How to say Hi and Hello in Japanese|Native explains good expressions

Hi, I'm Kuma.

Today, I explain "how to say Hi and Hello in Japanese.

Inu
I really want to know!
Let's start learning
Neko

Then, I tell you the expressions.

How to say Hello in Japanese?

I start to explain how to say hello in Japanese.

Actually, these are expressions to say “Hello” in Japanese, and it is changed by the time when we say hello.

For example, in the morning, we use Ohayou, and in the afternoon we use Konnichiwa. Moreover, in the evening we use Konbanwa.

I explain these difference with more detail information.

Hello in Japanese 

  • こんにちは
  • こんばんは
  • おはよう
  • おっす、うっす、ちっす、よう

こんにちは(Konnichiha)

The first expression is Konnichiwa.

こんにちは(Konnichiha)is the same meaning of "Hello" and "Hi" in English.

You should use this word in the afternoon from about 0pm-5pm.

Neko
I have heard that! こんにちはー!

To tell the truth, it’s enough for you to memorize “こんにちは”. However, if you want to proceed to next level, you should also learn other expressions like "Ohayou" and "Konbanwa". This is because Japanese greeting is changed by the time.

おはよう/おはようございます(Ohayou/Ohayougozaimasu)

Next, I explain "Ohayou".

In the morning, you should use おはよう(Ohayou) or おはようございます(Ohayougozaimasu).

おはようございます is polite expression of おはよう. When you talk with your friends, you should say "おはよう", which is  more casual way. When you talk with people who are older than you, you shoud use "Ohayougozaimasu" . That's the difference.

Neko
おはよう!
おはよう~
Inu

Useful information

In Japan, there are some industries where people always use おはようございます. For example, in the restaurant business, they use always this.

こんばんは(Konbanwa)

In the evening and at night, you should use こんばんは(Konbanwa).

Ban means "night" in Japanese and people use Konbanwa at night.

The origin of "こんばんは"

こん means This and ばん(ban) means night in Japanese. In the past, people said that "こんばんは〇〇ですね(This night is ○〇)when people saw like the example below.

Neko
こんばんは、さむいですね。
そうですね
Inu

Explanation

  • こんばんはさむいですね(Konbanwa samui desune):This night is cold
  • そうですね(Soudesune):I feel the same.

This phrase had gradually omitted and people use just "こんばんは", and it became the greeting that people use at night.

Casual expressions!

At last, I want to explain more casual expressions.

To tell the truth, there are several casual greeting which are used in  Japan.

If you want to say hi to friends, these are more natural phrases.

おっす(Ossu)、うっす(Ussu)、ちっす(Chissu)、よう(Yo)

These three words are same meanining. These are similar to "hi" and "hey" and "yo"

I often use おっす(Ossu).  Do you know the reason?

I like Dragonball, and the main character "Son Goku" uses this phrase, and I imitate that.

If you like Dragonball, you should use this phrase too!!!

Neko
おっす!
ちっす
Inu

At last

That's it Thank you for reading this article! In this blog, I explain useful Japanese words. See you next time.

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