ようこそ

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Japanese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

yoku koso → you koso → yoːkoso. From the adverb 良く (yoku, well) and the emphatic particle こそ (koso). The medial -k- drops out and the resulting -ou- elide into a long vowel.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

ようこそ (rōmaji yōkoso)

  1. an expression of appreciation at someones arrival; welcome
    日本 (にほん)ようこそ
    Nihon e yōkoso!
    Welcome to Japan.
     (わたし)たちの (うち)ようこそ
    Watashitachi no uchi e yōkoso.
    Welcome to our home.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1998, NHK日本語発音アクセント辞典 (NHK Japanese Pronunciation Accent Dictionary) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: NHK, ISBN 978-4-14-011112-3