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Japanese in Japan


Greetings and Partings

Greetings play an important social role in Japanese culture, and most social situations have an appropriate greeting. Visitors should make a point of trying to learn greetings associated with various occasions.

In Japan, it is not customary shake hands, hug, or kiss when greeting or taking leave. Bowing is common, and appropriate particularly when greeting or taking leave of an older person or someone one does not know very well.

The Japanese language has both a polite and an informal form. The polite form is used among adults and by young people when addressing someone older. The informal form is used between young people of the same age.


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  • "Hello"
    (formal)
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  • "Hello"
    (informal)
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  • "Hello"
    (informal)
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  • "Hello"
    (for someone you haven't seen for a long time-formal version)
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  • "Hello"
    (for someone you haven't seen for a long time-informal version)
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  • "May I come in?"
    (literally, "I will disturb you.)
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  • "How are you?"
    (informal)
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  • "Pleased to meet you."
    (formal)
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  • "departure greeting"
    (literally means "I have disturbed you.)
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  • "departure greeting"

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  • "It is time for me to go."

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  • "See you again."
    (formal)
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  • "See you again."
    (informal)
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  • "Goodbye"
    (formal)
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  • "Goodbye"
    (used especially for phone conversations)
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  • "Goodbye"
    (used when you are leaving a workplace before other workers)
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  • "Goodbye"
    (informal)
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  • "Goodbye"
    (informal)
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