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Japanese Phrase Lesson 1: Self Introduction – Review Notes

Today we learned how to introduce ourselves in Japanese! To do this, we used three basic phrases. In addition to the phrases we already taught you, we will tell you some additional phrases that you can use to introduce yourself in Japanese.

You are watching: Ha ji me ma shi te

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Number 1:

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★ Hajimemashite is an expression which roughly translates to, “It is the first time (meeting you).” However, to make it closer to the equivalent English expression, it is more often translated as “Nice to meet you.”

 Hajimemashite is usually the first step to introducing yourself in Japanese.

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Number 2:

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 In today’s video we learned how to use this phrase to tell someone our name.

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Example:

If your name is Sara, you can say:

 わたしはサラです。

Watashi wa Sara desu.

“I am Sara.”

You can also leave out “Watashi wa” and just say “Sara desu.” Japanese often leave out the topic of the sentence when it is obvious to both people.

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★ This sentence form can also be used to tell someone anything about you. Just like you use “I am___” for many kinds of sentences in English, you can use this sentence to say many different things in Japanese.

Example 1:

You can use this sentence form to tell your nationality

 わたしはアメリカじんです。

Watashi wa Amerikajin desu.

“I am American.”

Example 2:

You can use this sentence form to tell your age

わたしは15さいです。

Watashi wa juugosai desu.

“I am 15 years old.”

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 Another phrase you can use to tell someone your name is:

わたしのなまえは_____です。

Watashi no namae wa ________desu.

“My name is__________.”

Example:

If your name is Sara, you can say….

わたしのなまえはサラです。

Watashi no namae wa Sara desu.

“My name is Sara.”

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 Some other ways to tell your name include:

わたしは_____といいます。

Watashi wa ________ to iimasu.

“My name is__________.”

わたしは_____ともうします。

Watashi wa ________ to mōshimasu.

“My name is__________.”

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 Although we don’t say this in English, this is a very common and important phrase to remember in Japanese.

 This is usually the last phrase that Japanese people use when they introduce themselves.

 A more casual version of yoroshiku onegaishimasu is yoroshiku.

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Conclusion:

There are a lot of different phrases that you can use to introduce yourself in Japanese, but you don’t have to remember them all. If you can remember the three phrases that we learned in today’s video, then you can introduce yourself in Japanese!

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Self Introduction – Madoka Magica

はじめまして。

あけみほむらです。

よろしくおねがいします。

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14 comments

I love this! Out of all the programs that I use to learn Japanese, this is the most effective and the cutest :3ve

うれしい!(◕ω◕)/♥ We are happy that you like us! We will do our best for you! これからもよろしくね!

これから (kore kara) means “from now on” (literally “from this”) and も (mo) means “too” or “also” so これからもよろしくね!(kore kara mo yoroshiku ne!) translates to something like: Please treat me kindly from now on too! It implies that the two will be working together (or associating with each other) more in the future and shows their will for positive interactions to continue in the future (◕ω◕)/♥

It’s hard to know without hearing your name said out loud, but it would probably be written like this: ビアトリズ (biatorizu). (◕ω◕)b☆

スみません Why is the hiragana for ‘ha’ (は)used when you say ‘wa’(わ)in the phrase ‘watashi wa’?

I love the website very much and the videos are excellent. It is great to be taught by a native Japanese speaker.

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When は is used as a particle, it is pronounced “wa.” But, any other time it is used like as part of another word (for example はな – flower) it is pronounced “ha.” All words except the particle that have a “wa” sound in them (like watashi) use the hiragana わ.

So, は has two ways of being read (ha or wa), but わ only has one (wa). (◕ω◕)☆

i just has one doubt..i think there is 2 ”konnichiwa” one for hello and another for afternoon ?? is it?

Thank you very much for your awesome simple useful tutorial about introducing in Japanese