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Hi everybody! Hiroko here. Welcome to Absolute Beginner Questions Answered by Hiroko, where I’ll answer some of *your* most common Japanese questions.
The question for this lesson is… How do I use YOROSHIKU?
“Yoroshiku onegai shimasu” is translated as “pleased to meet you” when it’s used in your self introduction. And you also might have seen “douzo yoroshiku onegai shimasu.” in business situations. How would this sentence be translated, and what does “yoroshiku” mean on its own?
The basic meaning of ‘yoroshiku’ is ‘thank you in advance’.
Suppose that you asked a favor of someone and wanted to say ‘thank you in advance’. You might want to say ‘arigatou gozaimasu’ to mean ‘thank you’. However, this is when you should use ‘yoroshiku onegai shimasu’ to mean “thank you in advance.”
When you say “yoroshiku onegai shimasu” when introducing yourself, you say it to mean “pleased to meet you”, as you know. It implies “thank you for your favors in advance.”
When you start to work on a project with your colleagues or team members, you should also say ‘yoroshiku onegai shimasu’. It’s said to mean “thank you in advance for all your cooperation,” but naturally it’s translated as “I am looking forward to working with you” or “I‘m excited to be part of this team”.
The natural English translation of “yoroshiku onegai shimasu” depends on the context, but the base meaning is, “thank you in advance.”
Then ‘yoroshiku onegai shimasu’ and ‘douzo yoroshiku onegaishimasu’ have the same meaning, but the difference is politeness level.
We have a rule saying that ‘the longer, the more polite’ so ‘douzo yoroshiku onegai shimasu’ is longer than the other, making it a more polite expression.
Here’s one more example. When you post a question to our website and you want to say “thank you in advance”, you can use ‘yoroshiku onegai shimasu’.
I hope this makes sense to you and you’re able to use "yoroshiku onegai shimasu” correctly from now on!
Do you have any more questions? Leave them in the comments below and I’ll try to answer them!


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October 30th, 2015 at 06:30 PM
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What Japanese learning question do you have?

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February 13th, 2018 at 06:50 AM
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Hi Júlia,

Thank you for the comment! I'm sorry you are having a hard time understanding the lesson. Practice makes perfect! Keep listening to it. You might also want to read the lesson transcript carefully.

Miki H

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February 3rd, 2018 at 08:37 AM
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Hi Amy,

Thank you for the questions. By adding よろしく おねがい します, you can make the introduction more polite. It also shows your willingness to make new friends. ?

Keep practicing!

Miki H

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January 4th, 2018 at 06:30 AM
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I am still confused...you explain it really well....but I'm still confused?

October 30th, 2017 at 11:23 PM
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If I say はじめまして。 わたし は Amy です。 can I still add

よろしく おねがい します。 or should it be left off?

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November 29th, 2016 at 08:56 PM
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Jon Bonus san,


I think those 'greetings' are covered naturally in some lessons, but

I can't really spot lessons now.

Just as information, the phrase we use when we're leaving home in the morning

(i.g. to go to school or work), it's ittekimasu.

When we're back, we say 'tadaima'.

Hope this helps!

Natsuko (奈津子),

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November 17th, 2016 at 12:41 PM
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Aidan さん,



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Jon Bonus
October 29th, 2016 at 08:35 AM
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IN reply to my last comment,

There is no video for what I was looking for. If you do not mind I would like too know, If there is any introducton normally made when entering your own home. if so I would like to know. any help with thos matter would be of much help.

yoroshiku onegaishiamsu

October 28th, 2016 at 11:22 AM
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よろしく おねがいします:thumbsup::innocent:

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October 24th, 2016 at 04:02 PM
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Jon Bonus san,


I am sorry could you tell me which video you are looking for again?

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Jon Bonus
October 15th, 2016 at 10:32 PM
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yuki sensei,

I tried looking for a video for this and can not find it. I would like to be able to know what you say entering your own home. is there a standered greeting/ announcment? and are there any rules or customs you do before and after entering your own home.

yoroshiku onegaishimasu