How to Say Hello in Japanese
If you’ve ever been to Japan, you know that knowing how to say hello in Japanese is very important. Even if you don’t plan to visit Japan anytime soon, it’s a good idea to learn how to say hello in this country’s language before you visit. Not only will you be able to greet people in Japan, but you’ll also be able to use it in other settings. This simple phrase will make your Japanese classmates and Japanese visitors smile and you’ll also be showing respect for their culture. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to connect with a culture when you speak a language other than your own.
Despite the fact that different parts of Japan have different sounds and accents, there are common phrases that will help you get along with locals. “O-genki desu ka?” is a polite way to say “How are you?” in Japanese. Note that the “u” at the end of the phrase is silent. You can also say “you’re welcome” if you’re just meeting someone for the first time.
Another good way to say hello in Japanese is with a bow. The traditional greeting is ‘Genki?’ but it can also be used in informal settings. ‘Saikin dou’ is an alternative to ‘Genki?’, although it is more common in written language than in spoken. You can also use ‘Saikin dou’ as a shorter version when greeting a friend or family member.