If you are in Japan for business or travel, or meeting you Japanese friend’s family in your own country, we are sure you would love to impress your Japanese hosts.
You want to introduce yourself, say hello and learn how to say nice to meet you in Japanese. But you have heard that it is difficult and a mistake can cause great confusion or trouble.
Don’t worry! Here we bring you some useful tips for that successful first meeting for all Japanese beginners.
1. My name is [name].
Konnichi wa. Watashi wa [name] desu.
“Hello. My name is [name].”
- こんにちは (Konnichi wa) is the Japanese equivalent of “Hello” and can be used at any time of day.
- わたし (Watashi) is a polite way for males or females to say “I” or “me.”
- は (wa) is a particle that follows the topic you are going to be talking about.
- です (desu) is called a copula, and refers to one type of “to be” verb.
2. Nice to meet you.
Just as important, remember to say:
“Nice to meet you.”
or the unique expression:
Dozo yoroshiku onegai shimasu.
This roughly translates to “Please treat me well.”
or formal and polite expressions:
O-ai dekite ureshī desu.
“I’m happy to meet you.”
O-me ni kakarete ureshī desu.
“It’s a pleasure to meet you.”
O-me ni kakarete kōei desu.
“It’s an honour to be seen by you.” or “It is an honor to meet you.”
お目にかかる (O-me ni kakaru) is the humble form of 会う (Au; meet).
Using this kind of phrase shows respect for the person and also that you are looking forward to a good relationship with them. It is sure to make a great impression!
Hajimemashite. Dōzo o-iri kudasai.
“Please come in, it’s nice to meet you.”
Hajimemashite, pītā. Watashinonamaeha richādodesu.
“Hello Peter, my name is Richard and it is nice to meet you.”
“Nice to meet you, sir.”
Keep in mind that in Japanese, we give our full names by saying first the last name and then the first name. So, take the person’s last name and better attach the suffix san (さん), and now you can greet people politely in Japanese! Click here if you want to know which Japanese suffix apply to which person and how to use them all: San, Chan, Kun, Sama…
You will surprise everyone with your Japanese skills and politeness. Now people will be pleased to meet you and your efforts won’t go unappreciated!