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Basic Japanese Greetings

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Wow. Amazed to see this page. First time I felt that Japanese could be explained/learnt in a simple way.
I feel that in some sense, there is an inherent similarity in the grammar rules of Asian languages. (How far its true between Hindi/Japanese I cannot tell as I am total noob with Japanese).

Anyways, digging/stubleuponing this page now.

New Year Greetings to all readers here. Have a joyful, blissful 2012!

-- JP

Explanation of Wa vs. Ha

To explain when to read "wa" vs. "ha", wa is used when the character は is a particle. When it's just part of a word, it's read as "ha".

watashi wa americanjin desu (わたし は アメリカじん です。)

This sentence means "I'm an American." You would read the character は like wa in this sentence, because the character is representing a particle. The particle means "is".

However, the number 8 in Japanese is "hachi." (はち) It's the same character は, but because it's part of a word and not a particle, you'll read it as "ha".

Hope this answered your question.

It Skipped

I have a supplementary explanation.

"konnichi" (こんにち/Kanji:今日) means "Today". So こんにちは means "Today is".
In old Japan, people said:
"Today is nice (or some greeting words)."
こんにちは was skipped over that.

Similarly, "konban wa" (こんばん(Kanji:今晩)は) means "This night is ..."

In the present day, almost Japanese people use "こんにちは" and "こんばんは" without being aware those.
Some young Japanese miss-write こんにち"わ". (>_<;)

im confused!

Please correct me if im wrong...

Regarding the greetings written using hiragana above:

I'm confused... why hiragana for "ha" was used for "wa"
for "konnichi wa" and "konban wa"...

Enzeru's picture


shitsurei shimasu is kind of hard to pronounce for me

Sugoi ne!! and it's not too

Sugoi ne!! and it's not too hard for me to pronounce!!! arigatou gozaimasu

Im still having problems with this

Its hard to pronounce but im getting a little better at it but right now i need to know how to write it and say it in a complete sentence (sayounara)

What's even better is

What's even better is learning to listen to what other people have to say, where it doesn't sound anything like this at all and people omit sounds/words.





Konnichi wa nakama,
Can anyone tutor me for Japanese? I'll give you my e-mail. We can tutor through e-mail. PLEASE REPLY

Luv, JB ( Japan Babe)

RayMasaki's picture


im at advanced level
my eamil is
Rayjapmasaki at yahoo dot com

Hai..im still improving my

Hai..im still improving my japanese language..

But..i dont mind if you would like to study japanese with me..

I need help too. :O

I need help too. :O


me too....>.<


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