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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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January 8th, 2010 at 06:30 PM
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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:

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October 15th, 2021 at 02:49 PM
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Rassoullさん、こんにちは!


コメントどうもありがとうございます😊

We are really happy to have you here.


よろしくおねがいします。


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October 5th, 2021 at 02:00 PM
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はじめまして。私はラソウルシャバズです。よろしくおねがいします。ひろこ先生ありがとうございました。

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May 28th, 2021 at 09:09 PM
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Claudiaさん


Thank you so much for your kind comment😄

Your name will be クラウディア (ku ra u di a)😉👍


Please let us know if you have any questions :)


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Claudia
May 28th, 2021 at 03:32 AM
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はじめます。わたしは Claudia です。よろしくおねがいします。

I finally figured out how to use my keyboard with Japanese and how to toggle back to English. This alone was a great learning experience. Best of all, I can now introduce myself in Japanese. The presentation of the lesson was outstanding.

ありがとうございます。

Would you please show me how to write my name in Katakana? I can’t figure it out. Thank you in advance.

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May 11th, 2021 at 07:14 PM
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Alim Kochanさん


Thank you so much for your comment😄

It's a basic Japanese lesson, so there's no kanji yet😉


Please let us know if you have any questions :)


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Alim Kochan
May 9th, 2021 at 03:09 AM
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No kanji written in the dialogue section. it looks as hiragana.

I am solving the riddle.

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March 1st, 2021 at 03:49 PM
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Vetさん


Thank you so much for your comment😄

Yes!! いっしょに がんばりましょう😇

Please let us know if you have any questions :)


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Vet
February 26th, 2021 at 06:36 PM
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This helps.

All I need is at least memorize these phrases until such time i can memorize the hiragana at least.

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September 19th, 2020 at 04:43 AM
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こんにちは José Roberto,


You are very welcome. 😇

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Good luck with your language studies.


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José Roberto
September 18th, 2020 at 01:38 PM
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Hirokosan is a great sensei!!!!!! Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us!!!