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Self-Introduction In Japanese! 16 Phrases You Should Know

Self-Introduction In Japanese! 16 Phrases You Should Know

2018.08.09

In this article, we have compiled a list of useful Japanese phrases that you can use, from basic self-introduction to phrases useful for making conversation. Let's master these phrases and make new friends in Japan!

Translated by Amanda

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Let's Introduce Ourselves in Japanese!

あいさつ

With a few Japanese greetings on hand, traveling in Japan will be more fun.

In this article, we have compiled a list of useful Japanese phrases that you can use, from basic self-introduction to phrases useful for daily communication.

Table of Contents:

1.Basic Self-Introduction
2.Learning More About Others
3.Getting To Know Each Other
4.Conversation Tips

Basic Self-Introduction

握手

1. Nice to meet you!

[hazimemashite]

This phrase is used to greet someone you meet for the first time. Let's practice speaking in Japanese!

2. My name is ◯◯.

[watashino namaewa ◯◯des]

This phrase is used to introduce your name.

If you have a nickname, you say

"Please call me 〇〇."

[〇〇to yonde kudasai]

Example

My name is Tanaka Miki.

[watashino namaewa tanaka mikikodes]

Please call me Miki.

[mikito yonde kudasai]

3. I am from ◯◯.

[◯◯kara kimashita]

Insert the name of your country into 〇〇 to introduce where you are from to others.

Example

I am from America.

[amerikakara kimashita]

4. I am a ◯◯.

[watashiwa ◯◯des]

Insert the title of your occupation such as student (gakusei), company employeee (kaishain), into 〇〇 when introducing your occupation to others.

Example

I am a student.

[watashiwa gakuseides]

I am a designer.

[watashiwa dezaina:des]

5. Nice to meet you! / Thank you for your time / Please keep me in mind

[yoroshiku onegai shimas]

This phrase is used at the end of self-introductions. It can also be used in various situations, like when asking for a favor and signing off an e-mail. It is a convenient phrase to express politeness.

Learning More About Others

会話

6. What is your name?

[onamaewa nandeska]

This phrase is used to ask for someone's name.

For example, someone with the name Tanaka Mikiko would reply,

"My name is Tanaka Mikiko."

[tanaka mikikodes]

"How should I address you?"

[nanto yobeba i:deska]

This phrase is used to ask for someone's nickname.

For example, someone with the nickname Miki would reply,

"Please call me Miki."

[mikito yonde kudasai]

7. Where are you from?

[shusshinwa dokodeska]

This phrase is used to ask someone where he or she is from.

For example, a person from Kyoto, would reply

"I am from Kyoto."

[shusshinwa kyotodes]

This is the response that comes.

"I am from 〇〇."

[◯◯kara kimashita]

After saying where you are from, be sure to ask where your conversation partner is from!

8. What is your occupation?

[oshigotowa nandeska]

This phrase is used to ask someone about their occupation.

For example, a student would reply,

"I am a student."

[watashiwa gakuseides]

This phrase comes after introducing your occupation to others.

"I am a 〇〇."

[watashiwa ◯◯des]

Getting To Know Each Other

食事

9. I like 〇〇.

[watashiwa 〇〇ga skides]

This phrase is used to introduce your hobbies and preferences to others.

Example

I like sushi.

[watashiwa sushiga skides]

To further emphasize this expression, you say

"I like 〇〇 very much."

[watashiwa ◯◯ga daiskides]

Example

I like anime very much.

[watashiwa animega daiskides]

10. How about you?

[anatawa do:deska]

This phrase is used to learn more about the preferences and opinions of others.

11. I went to 〇〇.

[watashiwa 〇〇ni ikimashita]

This phrase is used to tell someone about the places you have been to visited.

This phrase is suitable for striking up a conversation with your Japanese friends, sharing with them about the different places you have visited in Japan.

Example

I went to Asakusa.

[watashiwa asakusani ikimashita]

12. Would you like to go to 〇〇 together?

[isshoni 〇〇ni ikimasenka]

Insert the name of the place into 〇〇.

Example

Would you like to go to the sushi restaurant together?

[isshoni sushiyani ikimasenka]

Would you like to visit Shinjuku together?

[isshoni shinjukuni ikimasenka]

13. Can I have your Facebook?

[feisubukku o oshiete kudasai]

You would like to keep in touch with your new Japanese friends after returning home. Use this phrase to connect with them on Facebook!

Conversation Tips

あいづち

14. I see!

[he: so:nandesne]

These phrases are used to show the speaker that you are following the conversation and understand what they are saying.

In the event you do not understand the speaker, you say

"What does that mean?"

[sorewa do:iu imideska]

15. Cute!

[kawai:]

This phrase is used to compliment someone's attire or personal belongings. You can also use this phrase to describe things you find adorable.

16. Wow!

[sugoi]

This phrase is used when you see or hear something terrific.

"That was awesome!"

[sugokatta des]

This phrase can also be used to express your thoughts and opinions about something amazing.

Review

1.Nice to meet you!
[hazimemashite]

2. My name is ◯◯. Please call me ◯◯!
[watashino namaewa ◯◯des.◯◯to yonde kudasai]

3. I am from ◯◯.
[◯◯kara kimashita]

4. I am a ◯◯.
[watashiwa ◯◯des]

5. Nice to meet you! / Please be kind to me! / Your's Sincerely / Thank you for your valuable time!
[yoroshiku onegai shimas]

6. What is your name?
[onamaewa nandeska]

7. Where are you from?
[shusshinwa dokodeska]

8. What is your occupation?
[oshigotowa nandeska]

9. I like 〇〇.
[watashiwa ◯◯ga skides]

10. What about you?
[anatawa do:deska]

11. I went to 〇〇.
[watashiwa ◯◯ni ikimashita]

12. Would you like to go to 〇〇 together?
[isshoni ◯◯ni ikimasenka]

13. Can I have your Facebook?
[feisubukku o oshiete kudasai]

14. I see.
[he: so:nandesne]

15. Cute!
[kawai:]

16. Wow!
[sugoi]

Review Quiz

Challenge yourself by answering the following two questions we have prepared, based on the phrases introduced in this article.

Please select the correct answer for the following multiple-choice questions. (Answers can be found at the end of this article)

Q1. Which phrase should you use to introduce your name to others?

①isshoni ◯◯ni ikimasenka?
②watashiwa ◯◯ga skides.
③watashino namaewa ◯◯des.

Q2. Which phrase should you use to invite someone to go somewhere together?

①yoroshiku onegai shimas.
②isshoni ◯◯ni ikimasenka?
③◯◯kara kimashita.

Let's speak Japanese and make new friends in Japan!

By mastering the phrases introduced in this article, you are a step closer to striking a natural conversation with Japanese people. Feel free to put these phrases into practical use and make new friends during your next trip to Japan!

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Answers for Review Quiz
Q1:③ Q2:②

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