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Remember in our previous lesson, we learned こんにちは。 (Konnichiwa) is a general greeting meaning hi or hello. In this lesson, we are going to learn more general greetings おはようございます。 (Ohayō gozaimasu.) こんばんは。 (Konbanwa..) and おやすみなさい。
(Oyasuminasai.) おはよう。 (ohayō.) means good morning and おはようございます。 (Ohayō gozaimasu.) is a more polite way to say it because ございます (gozaimasu) increases the politeness level of the phrase. As we learned, こんにちは。 (Konnichiwa.) is a general greeting that means hi or hello but it can also mean good afternoon. こんばんは、 (Konbanwa.) means good evening and usually people use it after sunset. おやすみなさい。 (Oyasuminasai.) is usually used before going to bed. This phrase comes from the verb やすむ。 (yasumu.) which means to take rest or to go to bed. お(o) is a prefix used to make a phrase polite. So this literally means please go to bed in a polite way.
So now, you learned all the basic greetings to use throughout the day. Let’s practice. おはようございます。 (Ohayō gozaimasu.) こんにちは。 (Konnichiwa.) こんばんは。 (Konbanwa.) おやすみなさい。 (Oyasuminasai.)
Now it’s time for Hiroko’s hint. When you want to say おはようございます。 (Ohayō gozaimasu.) or おやすみなさい。 (Oyasuminasai.) to your friends or family, you can say おはよう。 (Ohayō.) or おやすみ。 (Oyasumi.)

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January 22nd, 2010 at 06:30 PM
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みなさん, What greeting would you use where you are right now? It's evening here in Tokyo, so こんばんは!:smile:

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February 12th, 2021 at 07:11 PM
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Vu Tranさん


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Vu Tran
February 12th, 2021 at 02:48 AM
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easy to understand!

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August 29th, 2019 at 08:51 AM
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Hi Judah,


Thank you very much for studying with us even at very late at night!

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Judah
August 14th, 2019 at 11:05 AM
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oyasumi nasai! (it's late at night in america)

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June 13th, 2019 at 03:34 AM
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HI Roy Mark,


Thank you for the comment and question.

It might be easier to pronounce the word Konbanwa, if you think it as Kon-Ban-Wa.

The second 'n' is not silent and shouldn't be different from the first 'n.'


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Roy Mark
June 8th, 2019 at 10:57 PM
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Hey guys, I'm confused to the word Good Evening in Japanese which means Konbanwa... It's because of how to pronoune it properly. I'm confused if the 2nd "n" of konbanwa is silent? It's like a tounge-twister to me or more like it's hard for me to say it. Please help me guys.

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April 30th, 2019 at 07:11 PM
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Konnichiwa レクシー


Thank you for writing here.

>>こんにちはカナダから!Is this right?

It works but 「カナダからこんにちは」 is more natural in Japanese. 😉


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レクシー
March 6th, 2019 at 09:38 AM
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こんにちはカナダから!


Is this right?

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December 6th, 2018 at 12:44 AM
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Maxさん、

コメントをありがとうございます!

夜おそくまで、日本語勉強をしているのですね。これからも頑張ってください。


Hi George,

Thanks for asking the question!

People in Japan will also say "oyasumi" or "oyasuminasai" in the situation you've described (if you're done eating dinner with some friends and it's 8 o'clock at night and your parting ways).


Hi Shalisa,

Thanks for leaving a comment!

午後11時8分 is the correct way to write. 😄


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Shalisa
November 22nd, 2018 at 01:08 PM
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今は午後11時8日分です。おやすみなさい。😄