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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:

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November 11th, 2018 at 10:39 pm
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Hi Abdulkader,

@Linh,


We're glad to have you here studying with us!


Should you have any questions, please let us know.


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Abdulkader
October 31st, 2018 at 3:20 am
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Thank you. I'm really like Japanese language. And special thanks to Japanesepod 101 . Thanks Hiroko

Linh
October 28th, 2018 at 4:40 pm
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Thank you for the interesting lesson❤️️❤️️❤️️👍👍👍

JapanesePod01.com
September 4th, 2018 at 5:57 pm
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Hi jimmy,

Thank you for your comment!


I think "yoroshiku onegai shimasu" is an unique expression only shown in Japanese.

It is often translated such as "please treat me well" "thank you in advance" and used when you meet new people, when you start something in a new group/position or when you entrust someone with something.


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JapanesePod01.com
September 4th, 2018 at 5:51 pm
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Thank you for your comments, everyone!


>こんにちは、Semmar Alaaさん

I don't know how to pronounce your name in your language correctly, but I guess your name, "Semmar Alaa" is written as "セマー・アラー"(Semā Alā) in Japanese. Hope this helps you.


jimmy
September 3rd, 2018 at 8:26 am
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konichiwa, hi there. Really love your lessons, they are helping me so much!


I'm just a bit confused with the two phrases

1. yoroshiku onegair shimase

2. hajimemashite

They mean very similar things, one is pleasure/please to meet you and the other is nice to meet you.

I'm not sure when to say each one?

Do you only say hajimemashite only on the very first meeting?

Semmar Alaa
September 3rd, 2018 at 7:42 am
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こんなちは、

私はSemmar Alaa です。

Would you please tell me how to write my name un japanese.

JapanesePod01.com
August 30th, 2018 at 10:17 am
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Hi Bouthaina,

Thank you for the comment!


You are welcome😄

I guess your name would be written as "バウサイナ"(Bausaina) or "バサイナ"(Basaina) in katakana. Please note that Japanese doesn't have "th"-sound, so it is pronounced such as "s" or "z".

Hope this helps you.


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Bouthaina
August 30th, 2018 at 3:50 am
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Hello;

Firstable thank you for the lesson

Watashi wa bouthaina desu

The th in bouthaina pronounce us (thou) in thousand

Can you please tell me how to write my namae in katakana?

JapanesePod01.com
August 29th, 2018 at 10:45 am
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こんにちは、Mayuki -Samaさん

コメントありがとうございます!


「最高の日」という言葉ですか?いい言葉ですね😄


Miki(美希)

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