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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:

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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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.

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?

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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August 24th, 2018 at 11:34 pm
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こんにちは私の友人は、日本最高の日に書く方法を教えてくれた(Translation: hello my friend taught me how to write in Japanese best day ever)

August 24th, 2018 at 10:05 am
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Hi Ela,

Thank you for the comment!


We are glad to hear that you love our lesson!😄


Your name "Ela" is written as "エラ(Era)" in Japanese. And I guess Elżbieta is written as エルジュビエタ(Erujubieta)". Please note that we don't have a pronunciation of "L" in Japanese.

There is no stress in Japanese while it has pitch accent. As for エラ, a pitch of エ is higher than the one of ラ. The following lesson would help you.


Top 5 Japanese Pronunciation Mistakes to Avoid

https://www.japanesepod101.com/lesson/ultimate-japanese-pronunciation-guide-2-top-5-japanese-pronunciation-mistakes-to-avoid/


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Miki(美希)

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August 23rd, 2018 at 7:35 pm
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Hi 美希,


I love your lesson and it really sticks with me. Now I just need to practice 😁


Would my first name "Ela" be written as "エラ"? The stress is on the "E" and then a short "la". Not the French version "Ella" with to "L"s, where the stress is on the double "L". It´s an abbreviation of my full first name "Elżbieta". The "ż" is pronounced like the "G" in the German word "Giro".


Thanks for your feedback!

Ela