Vocabulary: Greeting and set phrases in Japanese

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On this page, you can learn basic Japanese greeting such as good morning, good afternoon, good evening etc and some set phrases used in a daily life.

General greeting words

Good morning

おはようございます

Good afternoon

こんにちは

Good evening

こんばんは

Good night

おやすみなさい

Good bye

さようなら

See you later.

じゃあまたね

Song

The song below could help you to remember the five greeting words.

  • Tune: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
  • Lyric: おはようございます こんにちは こんばんは おやすみなさい じゃあまたね おやすみなさい じゃあまたね おはようございます こんにちは こんばんは

General set phrases

How are you?

元気ですか(げん・き・ですか)

I am well.

元気です(げん・き・です)

Thank you.

ありがとう

Thank you very much.

ありがとうございます

Set phrases when you have a meal

Before you start to eat

いただきます

After you finish eating

ごちそうさま

Video: How to bow in Japan

Japanese people bow when they greet people. See more details in the video below.

Exercise

  • Learn the Japanese words above by writing them down in your book.
  • Complete the test in Quizlet below. You will pass it if you get over 60%. Choose ‘test’ at the bottom right of Quizlet to start a test.