Useful Japanese greetings

Do you know how to say hello in Japanese? How about some other useful Japanese greetings? After this free audio lesson for beginners you’ll know more than just a simple konnichiwa!


Listen to the native speakers greeting each other, and then go ahead and practice saying each Japanese phrase aloud. Once you’re feeling confident with Japanese greetings you’ll learn some different ways to say goodbye in Japanese as well. It’s important to get the basics right, and the Japanese people you meet will really appreciate your efforts. You know you’re saying it correctly if they keep talking, expecting you to keep up!

How to pronounce Japanese greetings

As hard as you try, without helpful feedback your Japanese pronunciation is never going to be the same as a native speaker’s. If you've found it difficult to perfect the way you say Japanese words and phrases, this lesson will help you.

 

Using the blue Rocket Record buttons you can record the way you say each greeting or farewell, and compare it with the way a Japanese native speaker does. That’s right, with Rocket Japanese voice mapping technology you can record your voice as many times as you need until your pronunciation matches the Japanese speaker


And when you are ready test yourself using My Level and really power up your learning and recall. Just click the "My Level" tab above to get started!

  • Formal greetings in Japanese

Greetings like “good morning” or “good afternoon” are incredibly important in Japanese. As the Japanese culture is more formal, going through the ritual of greeting another person is an important way of showing respect. Japanese tend to bow while saying “Ohayō gozaimasu”, “Konnichiwa” or “Konbanwa” depending on the time of the day. Bows can be divided into informal-15 degree angle, formal-30 degree angle, and very formal, deeper angle bows. You are expected to greet every person individually, even if they’re in a group. That means that if you’re walking along the road and pass a group of five people, you’ll have to say, “Konnichiwa,” and bow five times!

Download
こんにちわ
-
Konnichiwa Konnichiwa Konnichiwa Konnichiwa…
Hello, hello, hello, hello...
When addressing an unknown person or someone above you, one should start with an apology, “Sumimasen”. Also, remember to add the polite suffix –san after the name of the person. Listen to the link below to hear formal Japanese greetings…

Download
おはよう ございます
お早う 御座います
Ohayō gozaimasu!
Good morning!
Download
こんにちわ
-
Konnichiwa!
Good afternoon!
Download
こんばんわ
-
Konbanwa!
Good evening!
Download
おやすみなさい
お休みなさい
Oyasuminasai!
Good night!
Nowadays it is quite common to use short greetings, like “” and “”, however, it is more common to say nothing between close friends. They just start talking without greetings. Listen to the link below to hear some informal Japanese greetings…

Download
やあ
-
Yâ!
Hello
Download
よう
-
Yô!
Hi
Download
さいきん どう
最近 どう
Saikin dō?
What’s up?
There are some greetings that you will only hear in certain regions.

Download
まいど
毎度
Maido
Hello
Download
おはよう さま
お早う 様
Ohayō sama
Good Morning
  • Hello in Japanese
In the Kansai region of Japan, they have a distinct dialect called the “Kansai-ben” which is characterized as being more melodic and harsher. Within Kansai, there are greeting words that are restricted to Osaka, such as “Mokarimakka”, roughly translated “how’s business”, to which the answer is “Bochi bochi denna”.

Download
もうかりまっか
儲かりまっか
Mokarimakka
How’s business?
You have probably heard “Sayōnara” before, which is the most common form of saying “Good-bye”. You may have also heard “Shitsurei shimasu”, another formal farewell phrase which translates literally to “I’m being rude by leaving your presence”.

Download
さようなら
-
Sayōnara
Goodbye
Download
しつれい します
失礼 します
Shitsurei shimasu
Goodbye (formal)
Let’s listen to some casual farewells…

Download
じゃあ / じゃあ ね
-
Jya or Jya ne
Bye
Download
また ね
-
Mata ne
See you soon
Download
じゃあ また
-
Ja matta
See you again
Download
また あした
また 明日
Mata ashita
See you tomorrow
Download
げんき で
元気 で
Genki de!
Be well!
That’s it for today’s lesson. Using different greetings will make you sound more fluent, so try to remember as many as you can.

Ja matta!

Signature
Sayaka Matsuura
Rocket Japanese

Testing!

Test yourself with the Rocket Japanese testing tools! Improve your knowledge of Japanese and earn points for your badges along the way!

Note that the tests below are listed from easiest to hardest. Also, when a test is successfully rated the rating icon will at the top right of this page will show that rating.

Konnichiwa, my name’s Sayaka Matsuura, I’m the host of Rocket Japanese.

Hi, I'm a native Japanese speaker, from Osaka which is the second biggest city in Japan. Like you, I know how difficult it can be to learn a new language, because I’ve done it myself.

Together with my English speaking colleague, Kenny, I want to help you to speak and understand Japanese, and cut your learning time in half, with my Rocket Japanese online course.

I really love my native Japanese language and culture. That's why my mission is to make learning Japanese much easier for you! I really want to make your Japanese learning experience rewarding and fun!

Speak Japanese...
  • With over 30 fully downloadable Interactive Audio Lessons. Based on actual everyday Japanese conversations, these lessons average over 25 minutes each, giving you more than 12 hours of real Japanese conversation!

Try one for yourself today! Here is the very first Interactive Audio Lesson from Rocket Japanese

Listen to the FULL Audio

Understand Japanese...

There are just 3 steps to dramatically improving your understanding of Japanese!

  • Learn to understand exactly how Japanese works by exploring over 30 Language & Culture Lessons
  • Train your ear with Hear It Say It !, the self-testing tool that perfects your pronunciation by harnessing the power of our Rocket Record voice comparison technology.
  • Put yourself on the spot by testing how accurately you can translate randomly selected phrases using Rocket Record and the Know It! self-testing tool.
Cut your learning time in half...
  • By checking out our Advanced Learning Techniques; making the most of My Forum, our 24/7 online learners space, and making learning fun with the Language Master Games.
  • Plus you can see just how quickly you language skills are growing with My Level, our self-testing tool.

And that’s not all!

So, if you’re ready to speak and understand Japanese while cutting your learning time in half, then Rocket Japanese is just what you need...!

Like This Resource? Please Share!

Like Our Site? Follow Us!

Rocket Japanese Host - Sayaka Matsuura
PC Mag PC mag editor rating

“Rocket Languages is our Editors’ Choice for language-learning.”

Bessie Awards

More Learn Japanese resources

Rocket Japanese Premium

This beginner level course for new learners contains some amazing features that will really get your Japanese language skills moving.

Click Here to Learn More


Click here to take a tour of Rocket Japanese Premium


Rocket Japanese Premium Plus

-Intermediate Course

This course is perfect if you have some Japanese skills already and you're ready to step up to the next level

Click Here to Learn More


Rocket Japanese Platinum

-Advanced Course

If you're ready to become a fluent, natural, confident Japanese speaker then this advanced level course is for you.

Click Here to Learn More


Learn Japanese Forum

This Japanese language forum is where you go to get feedback and to connect with other learners. Interacting with teachers and peers will really help develop your understanding!

Click Here to Learn More

Rocket Languages
Reviews

How satisfied are you with your Rocket Languages experience?

How likely are you to buy again?

Are you happy with the price?

Would you recommend to a friend?

How was the Customer Service?


Dylan - North Carolina, USA - Rocket Japanese

"Rocket Japanese is an excellent, affordable way to learn Japanese."

Read More

Dylan

North Carolina, USA

"Rocket Japanese is an excellent, affordable way to learn Japanese."

Overall
How satisfied are you with your Rocket Languages experience?
How likely are you to buy again?
Are you happy with the price?
Would you recommend to a friend?
How was the Customer Service?

Rocket Japanese is an excellent, affordable way to learn Japanese. Sayaka and Kenny work together quite well, though sometimes their interactions seem a bit fake. This program is great for those who know next-to-nothing about the language they want to learn, like me.


Zoe - Hawaii, USA - Rocket Japanese

"Before Rocket Languages I used to hate learning another language, but now I enjoy learning all thanks to Rocket Languages. I especially like the leaderboard. Rocket languages is totally awesome!"

Read More

Zoe

Hawaii, USA

"Before Rocket Languages I used to hate learning another language, but now I enjoy learning all thanks to Rocket Languages. I especially like the leaderboard. Rocket languages is totally awesome!"

Overall
How satisfied are you with your Rocket Languages experience?
How likely are you to buy again?
Are you happy with the price?
Would you recommend to a friend?
How was the Customer Service?

Rocket Languages has helped me understand another culture that is different than my own. Before Rocket Languages I used to hate learning another language, but now I enjoy learning all thanks to Rocket Languages. I especially like the leaderboard. Rocket languages is totally awesome!


Devante Potter - Fremont, Ohio, United States - Rocket Japanese

"...in the first audio lesson I learned 90% of the material that was covered in the first hour. I can not say that for my three years spent in French class in high school."

Read More

Devante Potter

Fremont, Ohio, United States

"...in the first audio lesson I learned 90% of the material that was covered in the first hour. I can not say that for my three years spent in French class in high school."

Overall
How satisfied are you with your Rocket Languages experience?
How likely are you to buy again?
Are you happy with the price?
Would you recommend to a friend?
How was the Customer Service?

Today was my first day using Rocket Languages (Japanese Premium) and I can honestly say that in the first audio lesson I learned 90% of the material that was covered in the first hour. I can not say that for my three years spent in French class in high school. This first hour was incredible and really motivates me to want to come back tomorrow and use it again. Especially the way you can grade yourself so you know what to work on for later. Rocket Languages is a sound investment for anyone who wishes to learn another language.


Antonio Grimes - Charlotte, N.C, United States - Rocket Japanese

"Rocket Japanese is exactly what I have been looking for! I feel right at home with Rocket Japanese and is a great way to pick up where I left off many years ago."

Read More

Antonio Grimes

Charlotte, N.C, United States

"Rocket Japanese is exactly what I have been looking for! I feel right at home with Rocket Japanese and is a great way to pick up where I left off many years ago."

Overall
How satisfied are you with your Rocket Languages experience?
How likely are you to buy again?
Are you happy with the price?
Would you recommend to a friend?
How was the Customer Service?

Rocket Japanese is exactly what I have been looking for! I studied Japanese for one year in middle school but have always had an itch to continue learning this fun language without paying a high price for it. I feel right at home with Rocket Japanese and is a great way to pick up where I left off many years ago.


Molly Arnold - Missouri, USA - Rocket Japanese

"Whether you need to learn it for travel, or you just want to learn it for fun I think there is no better choice than the Rocket Japanese system"

Read More

Molly Arnold

Missouri, USA

"Whether you need to learn it for travel, or you just want to learn it for fun I think there is no better choice than the Rocket Japanese system"

Overall
How satisfied are you with your Rocket Languages experience?
How likely are you to buy again?
Are you happy with the price?
Would you recommend to a friend?
How was the Customer Service?

Hi, this is Molly. I just got the Rocket Japanese system and already I have learned a lot more than I would have expected in the first couple of days.

Not only are the lessons easy to understand, but affordable. They are set up in a way that is fun and easy to learn. The games are also very helpful in learning certain words and characters.

I don’t have a job currently, and ordering this was a breeze, and it was within my budget. At about one fourth of the cost of the **competitor** it seems to work from what I can guess, just as well, if not better.

I have wanted to learn Japanese for a while now but never thought I would find something so amazing and rewarding to help get me through it quickly. I don’t understand why someone would not want to use this system to learn such a beautiful language. Using Rocket Japanese people will find that it’s not hard to learn a new language, even one that’s quite different from all other languages, as Japanese is.

Whether you need to learn it for travel, or you just want to learn it for fun I think there is no better choice than the Rocket Japanese system. Thank you.


FREE TRIAL