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. welcome (greeting given upon someone's arrival)
     () (ほん)ようこそ
    Nihon e yōkoso!
    Welcome to Japan!
     () (きゅう)ようこそ
    Chikyū e yōkoso!
    Welcome to Earth!
     (わたし)たちの (うち)ようこそ
    Watashitachi no uchi e yōkoso.
    Welcome to our home.
    • 2001 August 27, Amano, Kozue, “Navigationナビゲーション01 みずわくせい [Navigation01 The Water Planet]”, in AQUAアクア [AQUA], volume 1 (fiction, in Japanese), Tokyo: Enix, ISBN 4-7575-0504-3, page 10:
       (みず) (わく) (せい)AQUA (アクア)」へようこそ
      Mizu no Wakusei “Akua” e yōkoso
      Welcome to “AQUA,” the Water Planet

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