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Greetings Part A

Notes
(F) Formal phrase or polite expression
(FC) Phrase used as a Formal or Casual expression.
(C) Casual and friendly sounding expression.
Note: not recommended to be used at a business meeting or
any formal situation or place in Japan: be cautious and respectable.

desu
means is or are
Formal phrases have desu at the end, in most cases.
Casual phrases have ne or yo at the end of a phrase.


1
Good morning. (F)
 
 
Ohayo Gozaimasu
Japanese travel phrases
2
Hello (FC)
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Kon-nichi wa
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3
Good evening. (FC)
 
 
Kon-ban wa.
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4
Good night. (F)
 
 
Oyasumi Nasai.
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5
How are you? (F)
 
 
Ogenki desu ka?
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6
I am fine. (Thank you.) (F)
 
 
Genki desu.
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7
How have you been? (F)
 
 
Gobusata shiteimasu. Ogenki deshita ka?
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8
Yes, I have been fine. Thanks a lot. (F)
 
 
Hai. Okagesama de Genki ni shite orimasu.
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9
How is your family? (F)
 
 
Gokazoku wa Ogenki desu ka?
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10
They are all fine. (F)
 
 
Mina genki desu.
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11
Hi! / Howdy! (masculine) (C)
 
 
Yoh!
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12
Hi there! (C)
 
 
Gen-key?
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13
Long time no see! (C)
 
 
Hisash-buri!
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14
What's up? (C)
 
 
Dou shiteru?
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15
How's it going? (C)
 
 
Choushi dou?
16
It's OK. / Good. (C)
 
 
*Japanese tend to say "OK", even she/he is going well. Mah mah dane.
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17
Not bad. (C)
 
 
Kekkou ii yo.
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18
Everything's going great. (C)
 
 
Zekkou-chou dayo.
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19
Not very good. (C)
 
 
Am-mari yoku naine.
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20
(I have to go now.) Good bye (F)
 
 
Soredewa shitsurei shimasu.

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