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Express lesson of Japanese No.3

Introducing yourself

In Japanese, an introduction generally begins with "hajimemashite", which means "Nice to meet you." It ends with "yoroshiku onegai shimasu", which is a typical Japanese politeness expression. It is hard to translate it into English, but basically, it means ''Please remember me.'' or ''I look forward to working with you.''

Here is an example of a simple introduction :

watashi wa Brigitte desu.
watashi wa furansujin desu.
yoroshiku onegai shimasu.
Nice to meet you.
My name is Brigitte. (I am Brigitte.)
I am a Frenchwoman.
Please remember me.

watashi = I/me

It is also a custom to slightly bend over or, at least, to slightly bend over your head when you say "hajimemashite." and "yoroshiku onegai shimasu."

To go to somebody's place

When you enter somebody's place, you must say the expression "ojama shimasu." (Excuse me for disturbing you.) and not forget to remove your shoes in the entrance. Before to leave, you will say "ojama shimashita." (Excuse me to have disturbed you.)

Let's eat!

Before to eat, we always say "itadakimasu." in Japan. Be careful: "itadakimasu" does not translate into "Enjoy!" as we often hear it, but rather into " I am grateful for receiving (the food)." The difference is important because, if in English, we can wish someone to enjoy his meal, in Japan, we will never say "itadakimasu." to someone else. We say it to ourselves, before to begin to eat.

At the end of the meal, we must say "gochisô sama deshita." This expression means that we are done eating as well as that we are thanking our host (the person who cooked or paid for the meal).

To show that they like the food, the Japanese use the expression "oishii desu." It is welcomed to say it a few times during the meal.

Other politeness expressions and useful words

• hai => Yes.
• iie => No.
• genki desu ka. => Are you fine?
• genki desu. => I am fine.
• ohayô gozaimasu. => Good morning.
• konnichiwa. => Hello (during the day).
• konbanwa. => Good evening.
• arigatô gozaimasu. => Thank you very much.
• sumimasen => Excuse me.
• osewa ni narimashita. => Thank you for what you did for me.

Author: Tev

Translator: Jass