One of the most common words to saying hello in the Japanese language is Konnichiwa. The word Konnichiwa actually translates to saying hello in the afternoon time but it is also a broad method of saying hello in Japanese. When you travel to Japan it is possible to use Konnichiwa in various situations but there are many more ways to say hello in Japan.
Here are some general tips for meeting and greeting Japanese people.
Do not act too overly friendly from the beginning. Don’t get me wrong, the Japanese are actually very friendly but they are quite shy when you initially meet them.
So if you are meeting a Japanese person for the very first time, for work or a friendship then you should try to stay fairly formal for the first couple of weeks.
Perhaps formal is the wrong word. What I am saying is never try to show off to them in the beginning.
The exact same goes for whenever you are being taught by a Japanese language teacher, you ought to act in a respectful manner. Even after some time, you need to maintain your respect to the Japanese language trainer.
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Another good way to speak hello in Japanese is the words Ohayo Gozaimasu and you should say them first thing in the morning. Or you can just say Ohayo but only use that when you know the Japanese person really well.
As you have almost certainly guessed by now, there are so many different approaches which you can say hello using the Japanese language. There are also quite a few informal methods to say hello as well.
If you want an informal way to say hello to a friend in the morning then you can say Oha. And if you are both males then you can just say Yo. Again, only use these with very good friends.
Please ensure you are very careful when saying hello to people in authority and never use the informal approaches with them. The exact same goes for older Japanese people and the same also goes for Japanese people you meet for the first time.
For the instances above, I’d personally suggest you keep to the formalized methods of interacting with the Japanese individual, just to be sure.
This post was written by a guest contributor, Frank Miller from helloinjapanese.org