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How do you say hello in Japanese?

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  1. Jesby Sanz on Mar 24, 2013 Reply

    Konnichiwa

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    • Zoe Edwards on May 03, 2013 Reply

      Depending on time of day, there are different possible greetings…

      Morning: Ohaiyo (gozaimasu)
      Afternoon: Konnichiwa
      Evening(generally after sunset): Konbanwa

      The gozaimasu is used in formal context, like a business meeting or meeting someone new…it’s generally left out if it in a friendly context…. I’m unsure whether or not it’s used with the other two, but i’m going to assume it’s not since i’ve never heard it used with them, at least not often..

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  2. Steve Wright on Apr 05, 2014 Reply

    Let’s not forget: telephone ‘idiom’ also has “Moshi-moshi.” Sounds funny when read or spoken, but it’s legitimate. I suppose it’s like how many French folks use, or used to use, “Allo^” nowhere else but in telephone conversation.

    BZT

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  3. Donald Plageman on Apr 09, 2014 Reply

    To add to Zoe Edwards’ explanation, ‘gozaimasu’ is not used with ‘konnichiwa’ or ‘konbanwa’, only with ‘ohaiyo’.

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