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Nov 11

Behind the scenes with iBook vocabulary2: Greetings

Fly Catcher Boy introduces the reader to the “Top 4” greetings commonly used in Japan.

First, ohayo (Ohio).  Ohayo is a casual, informal version of the more polite “ohayo-goziamas” which you should use when entering the school staff room or the local grocery store (after the staff shout “irrashai-mase” or welcome, in unison).  A humble head bow is always appreciated.

Konnichi-wa is a morning/afternoon greeting and changes for evening. It’s also used for greeting students, teachers, and people you know (or don’t).   The more sing-song it sounds the more you will be deemed a very “genki” (energetic) person!  This is always a good thing.

Mata-ne is a very casual greeting, commonly used for “see you later”.  Combined with a “double-speed wave” and spoken in a genki way, you collect more points!

Sayonara.  A common word most English speakers are familiar with, thanks to films with Japanese themes and gangster movies. As soon as you hear ‘sayonara baby‘ someone is sure to die by gunshot!  Always necessary to use when you can’t say mata-ne and know that perhaps you might not see the person for days, weeks, or ever.

Check out the audio pronunciation glossary on this website for authentic pronunciation! After you’ve practiced a bit, get out there and impress your friends, teachers, and family!

 

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