Transwiki:Japanese Phrasebook/Greetings and farewell

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Vocabulary[edit]

Phrases[edit]

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Example sentences[edit]

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Shiyourei
Examples showing the use (of a word).

In the example sentences paragraph we will show you each time the use of the words learned so far. First, some more vocabulary:

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Template:furiTemplate:furi ten'in salesperson
しか shika nothing but, only (used with verb in negative tense)
Template:furiTemplate:furiTemplate:furi (です)。 Daijoubu (desu). (desu is not necessary, but makes it more polite) It's alright. It's okay. No problem.
Template:furiTemplate:furi / Template:furiTemplate:furi yuujin / tomodachi friend
もう mou already
Template:furi au to meet
まだ mada yet, still


Example 1: Mr. Smith walks into a shop.


  • Sumisu: Ohayou gozaimasu. Eigo o hanasemasu ka.
  • Ten'in: Sumimasen. Eigo o hanasemasen.
  • Sumisu: Watashi wa nihongo ga sukoshi shika hanasemasen. (Remark: here ga may be replaced by (w)o)
  • Ten'in: Daijoubu desu. Wakarimasu.


  • Smith: Good morning. Can you speak English?
  • Salesperson: I'm sorry. I can't speak English.
  • Smith: I can speak only a little Japanese. (lit: I can't speak nothing but a little Japanese)
  • Salesperson: That's ok. I understand.


Example 2: Akira-san is introducing his friend Satou Hiroko-san to his other friend Naoka-san.


  • Hiroko: Konnichiwa.
  • Akira: Konnichiwa. Watashi no yuujin no Naoko ni mou aimashita ka.
  • Hiroko: Iie. Mada atte imasen.
  • Akira: Naoko, kochira wa Satou Hiroko-san desu.
  • Hiroko: Hajimemashite. Hiroko desu.
  • Naoko: Hajimemashite. Naoko desu.
  • Hiroko: Douzo yoroshiku o-negai shimasu.
  • Naoko: Kochira koso. Douzo yoroshiku o-negai shimasu.


  • Hiroko: Hello.
  • Akira: Hello. Have you already met my friend Naoko?
  • Hiroko: No. I haven't yet met (her).
  • Akira: Naoko, this is Mrs. Hiroko Satou.
  • Hiroko: How do you do. My name's Hiroko.
  • Naoko: How do you do. I'm Naoko.
  • Hiroko: I'm very pleased to meet you.
  • Naoko: Same here (lit: my side for sure). I'm very pleased to meet you.