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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! :mrgreen:

June 4th, 2018 at 2:10 pm
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>こんにちは、ラッキーさん

こちらこそ、よろしくおねがいしますね😄


>Kon'nichiwa, Suraj-san

Mite kurete arigatō gozaimasu👍


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Suraj
June 4th, 2018 at 12:44 pm
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Arigato hiroku sense

Lucky
May 14th, 2018 at 1:34 am
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はじめまして。

わたしは、ラッキーです。

よろしくおねがいします。

May 9th, 2018 at 9:23 pm
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Hello Neil,


Great to have you here!


Please stay tuned, as we'll have new lessons for you every week! And if you have any questions, feel free to ask us.


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Neil
May 9th, 2018 at 10:29 am
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...Thank you so much..😄

May 3rd, 2018 at 8:32 pm
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Thank you for your comments, everyone!


>Hi Hatsune Miku,

We are glad to hear that our lesson helps you.

Hope you will visit Japan in the near future😄


>Konnichiwa, Samandar-san

I don't know how to pronounce your name in your language correctly, but I guess your name is written as "サマンダー(Samandā)". Hope this helps you👍


>aleki_alecz

Dō itashimashite😄 Keep studying with us.


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May 1st, 2018 at 9:24 am
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Wonderful! !! To learn Japanese. Love it!! Origatu

Samandar
April 30th, 2018 at 3:57 am
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Hajimemashite. Thank you for you lessons. Can you say me how to write my name in Japanese?😁

April 7th, 2018 at 10:35 pm
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Thank you so much for this video!!!!!!

At this rate,I'll be in Tokyo Japan in no time!!!!

All I need now is to finish learning the language and start learning the culture 😜

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April 4th, 2018 at 5:52 pm
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>Hi Steven,

"hajimemashite” is often translated as "Nice to meet you" and it is used when you meet new people at the first time.

Please note that "(dōzo) yoroshiku (onegaishimasu)” is translated as, for example, "Thank you in advance" "Please treat me well" and it is used when you meet new people, when you start something in a new group/position or when you entrust someone with something.


>こんにちは、アリスさん

どうぞよろしくお願いしますね😄


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