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.

Saying Hello in Japanese

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

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…

 

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

Jā matta! Until next time!

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Note that the tests below are listed from easiest to hardest.

Hear It Say It!

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Improve your understanding of spoken Japanese. With Hear it Say it! you can tune your ear to Japanese, increase your vocabulary and improve your pronunciation at the same time! Ready?

  • Click the Get Started button below
  • LISTEN to the audio (and touch up your pronunciation with Rocket Record if you like; Chrome/Firefox/Edge desktop browsers only)
  • Click REVEAL to see the word/phrase and see the translation
  • Just click your RATING to continue

See how many words you've rated at each level below. Just click on the number below each rating to review your words and phrases.

Write It!

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Write it! helps you to improve your written Japanese and your understanding of sentence structures. Just listen to the audio and type in what you hear!

  • Click the Get Started button below
  • LISTEN to the audio
  • WRITE down, in Japanese, what you hear
  • Click REVEAL to see the word/phrase and see the translation
  • Your answer will be automatically RATED, just click the rating to continue

Tip!

Click the keyboard icon for a Japanese keyboard

Know It!

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Know it! tests you on your ability to translate English to Japanese! Ready?

  • Click the Get Started button below
  • READ the word/phrase
  • RECORD yourself saying it in Japanese (Chrome/Firefox/Edge desktop browsers only)
  • Click REVEAL to see the word/phrase in Japanese and listen to the Japanese audio

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