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Hajimemashite. (はじめまして。)
Watashi wa, Hiroko desu. (わたしは、ひろこです。)
Yoroshiku onegai shimasu. (よろしくおねがいします。)
I am Hiroko. I am pleased to meet you. I just introduced myself in Japanese. In this lesson, you are going to learn how to introduce yourself in Japanese.
There are three sentences to do this and it’s super easy and you are going to learn them all right now. So in just three minutes, you will be able to introduce yourself in Japanese.
Okay here is the three lines.
Hajimemashite. (はじめまして。) Nice to meet you,
Watashi wa (わたしは) stick your name here desu (です)
Watashi wa, Hiroko desu. (わたしは、ひろこです。) and Yoroshiku onegai shimasu. (よろしくおねがいします。) .
First we have Hajimemashite. (はじめまして。) nice to meet you
ha, ji, me, ma, shi, te. (は、じ、め、ま、し、て。 ) Hajimemashite. (はじめまして。).
This expression means nice to meet you.
Hajimemashite (はじめまして) literally means for the first time. This phrase is often the first thing said when introducing oneself and appropriate for all politeness levels.
Next we have Watashi wa, Hiroko desu. (わたしは、ひろこです。)
I am Hiroko. Now Japanese has one tricky point.
The verb comes at the end of the sentence.
So Watashi (わたし) I, Watashi wa (わたしは) my name is Hiroko.
So I put Hiroko, desu (です) Am. I Hiroko am, Watashi wa, Hiroko desu. (わたしは、ひろこです。) I am Hiroko.
So if your name is Mike, you put Mike Watashi wa, (わたしは、) Mike desu (です。) .
Finally we have the copula, don’t be scared.
It’s kind of like a English to be and finally we have Yoroshiku onegai shimasu. (よろしくおねがいします。) it’s pleasure to meet you or pleased to meet you.
Yoroshiku. Yo, ro, shi, ku. Yoroshiku. (よろしく。よ、ろ、し、く。よろしく。)
Onegai. O, ne, ga, i. Onegai. (おねがい。お、ね、が、い。おねがい。)
Shimasu. shi, ma, su. Shimasu. (します。し、ま、す。します。)
Yoroshiku onegai shimasu. (よろしくおねがいします。)
This phrase is contextual and gets its meaning depending on the situation.
This literally means please be good to me.
It is a commonly used expression which corresponds to it’s a pleasure to meet you.
You can often hear these phrases while somebody is bowing Yoroshiku onegai shimasu. (よろしくおねがいします。)
See all these words. We are going to say the exact same thing with .
Ta-dah!
These two words.
First we have Hiroko desu. (ひろこです。) so you just put your name here and desu (です。)
Hiroko desu. (ひろこです。) I am Hiroko.
This means exactly the same as the other sentence we looked at. I am Hiroko. Watashi wa, Hiroko desu. (わたしは、ひろこです。) but it’s okay to say Hiroko desu. (ひろこです。) without Watashi wa, (わたしは、) I.
I is implied. So in sentence 2, we have yoroshiku (よろしく) and no "onegai shimasu" (おねがいします) but it means exactly the same thing.
So a very informal introduction is, Yoroshiku (よろしく。) Hiroko desu. (ひろこです。)
Now this is not for business meetings or formal situations but super informal situations only.
Now there is no excuse for you not to be able to introduce yourself in Japanese
Hajimemashite. (はじめまして。)
Watashi wa, Hiroko desu. (わたしは、ひろこです。)
Yoroshiku onegai shimasu. (よろしくおねがいします。)

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Mina-san, Not sure where to start learning Japanese? Join Hiroko as she explains how to introduce yourself in Japanese. Knowing this is crucial! 😀

May 29th, 2017 at 5:58 pm
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Hi Gargee,
Thank you for the comment!

I think your name, Gargee, is pronounced “ガーギー(Gāgī) in Japanese:thumbsup:

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May 17th, 2017 at 8:39 pm
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Hi, my name is Gargee and I was thinking that how would my name be pronounced in Japanese ?

April 12th, 2017 at 10:53 am
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Hi Maddie,
Thank you for the comment!

I recommend you use Japanese pronunciation when you say English words including proper nouns,
because some of Japanese don’t understand the words at all if you say in English😅

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April 11th, 2017 at 3:34 pm
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Hi Zarene,
Thank you for the comment!

Sorry but I don’t know how to pronounce your name properly in your language,
but I guess it is written “ザレネ(Zarene)” in Japanese😄

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Maddie
April 6th, 2017 at 10:47 am
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Konnichiwa,

Whenever you’re introducing yourself, do you have to say the Japanese version of your name (for example, if your name is Peter, it’d be Pita) or can you say it the way it’s normally pronounced? Same question for American cities (for example, New York turns into Nyuu Yoku), would you have to say the Japanese version?

Arigatou gozaimasu,
~Maddie

Zarene
April 1st, 2017 at 7:37 pm
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how do I write my name in nihonggo?

March 23rd, 2017 at 6:15 pm
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Hi Cedrick,
Thank you for the comment!

I think your name is written “セドリック(Sedorikku)” in Japanese😄
Hope this helps you.

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March 23rd, 2017 at 6:14 pm
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Hi William,
Thank you for the comment!

How about learning hiragana first, and then you learn the meaning of each word?
Here is our hiragana lesson video;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6p9Il_j0zjc&t=489s

Hope this helps you.
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March 23rd, 2017 at 6:11 pm
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Hi Levi,
Thank you for the comment!

I think learning hiragana helps you to learn basic Japanese.
Here is our lesson video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6p9Il_j0zjc&t=489s
Please don’t stick to remembering these characters. You can also go ahead of this “Absolute Beginner” series:thumbsup:

Hope this helps you😄
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Cedrick
March 20th, 2017 at 5:12 pm
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Thanks for the lesson.. It helps me a lot..
1 question how do I write my name in Nihongo..