Very important Japanese of greeting


Hello everyone!

The rainy season has finally ended in Japan, and every day has been sunny and very hot.
What is the weather like in your country?

Now, in Lesson No.1, I would like to teach you about the most important part of life, greetings!
In Japan, where politeness is considered important, greetings are very important.

Okay, let’s get started!

First of all, the greeting language changes depending on the time of day. I’m sure this is the same in every country.

The following is a casual way to say hello between friends or family.

4am-10am おはよう / Ohayou / Good morning
10am-6pm こんにちは / Konnichiwa / Good afternoon
6pm-4am こんばんは / Konbanwa / Good evening

The following are polite phrases used for superiors or someone you just met.

4am-10am おはようございます / Ohayou gozaimasu / Good morning
10am-6pm こんにちは / Konnichiwa / Good afternoon
6pm-4am こんばんは / Konbanwa / Good evening

Please note that only “おはようございます Ohayou gozaimasu” is slightly different.

Also, this is a unique rule in Japan, but you have to be careful about greetings at work.

For example, let’s say Mr. Michael arrives at work at 9:00 in the morning.
What would you greet him with?

Right! You can say おはようございます !

But what if Mr. Michael comes to work at 3:00 in the afternoon?

I know that you would like to say ” こんにちは “….. but the answer is ” おはようございます “.

In Japan, when your colleague or boss arrives at work, no matter what time it is, you say ” Ohayo gozaimasu “.

In addition to the above, there is another very important word that Japanese people say more than 10 times a day.
It is ” お疲れ様 / おつかれさま / Otsukare-sama“!

In English, it means something similar to “good job”, but this word is very useful.
It’s a magic word that can be used in any situation!
For example, you can use it in the following situations

As a greeting when you pass someone in the office.
As a greeting when someone leave the office.
As a word of encouragement to someone who is tired.


(1) A: Hi! (お疲れ!)
(2) A:Okay I’m going home now. Bye. (もう帰るね、お疲れ様。) 
(3) A: I am so tired today.(今日はとっても疲れた。)
B: You did good today!(お疲れ様!)

Greetings are very important because they make your first impression.
With this, your first impression is bound to be a good one!

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