今日は

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
こん
Grade: 2
にち
Grade: 1

Etymology[edit]

From 今日 (konnichi, this day, today) + (wa, topic particle); shortened from various possible expressions such as 今日は御機嫌いかがですか (konnichi wa go-kigen ikaga desu ka, "How are you doing today?") or 今日は良い天気ですね (konnichi wa yoi tenki desu ne, "it's fine weather today, isn't it").

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /koɴ.ni.ti.wa/, [kõ̞nnit͡ɕiɰᵝä], [kõ̞nit͡ɕiɰᵝä]
In faster or more informal speech, the uvular nasal ɴ is not fully pronounced.

Interjection[edit]

今日は (hiragana こんにちは, romaji konnichi wa)

  1. good day, good afternoon: a Japanese greeting used in the daytime

Coordinate terms[edit]

References[edit]

  • 2002, Ineko Kondō; Fumi Takano; Mary E Althaus; et. al., Shogakukan Progressive Japanese-English Dictionary, Third Edition, Tokyo: Shōgakkan, ISBN 4095102535.