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Hello in Japanese

Do you know how to say hello in Japanese? 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, you’ll learn some more informal ways to say hello in Japanese as well.

Resources for further reading:

Saying Hello in Japanese

Practice Your Pronunciation With Rocket Record

Rocket Record lets you perfect your Japanese pronunciation. Just listen to the native speaker audio and then use the microphone icon to record yourself. Once you’re done, you’ll get a score out of 100 on your pronunciation and can listen to your own audio playback. (Use a headset mic for best results.) Problems? Click here!




Hello / Good day

おはよう ございます

Ohayō gozaimasu

Good morning



Good evening

Another useful "hello" is used when answering the phone. Remember not to use this in person - this "hello" is only used on the phone:


Moshi moshi

“Hello?” (greeting on the phone)

How about when you haven't seen someone for a long time? Yes, there's a "hello" in Japanese for that too!


おひさし ぶり です!

Ohisashi buri desu!

Long time no see!

Informal ways to say "hello" in Japanese

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…


Hi (informal)


Hey / Yo (informal greeting)


さいきん どう

Saikin dō?

What's up?

If you want more lessons on Japanese salutations then I recommend that you check out the following:

Jā matta!

Sayaka Matsuura: Rocket Japanese

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