Introduce yourself in Japanese – Nihongo de Jikoshōkai shimashō

Hi everyone! In this lesson, you will learn how to introduce yourself in simple and easy Japanese. Don’t worry if you cannot speak Japanese at all; the following sentences will teach you basic Japanese.

 

Hi – kon’nichiwa こんにちは。

Nice to meet you (meeting for the first time)– hajimemashite はじめまして。

I am Sakuramani (your name)Watashi wa sakuramani desu 私は桜マニです。

I have come from India (your country) – Watashi wa indo kara kimashita 私はインドから来ました。

I am German (your nationality) – Watashi wa doitsujin desu 私はドイツ人です。

I work for/at ABC (company name) – Watashi wa ABC de hataraite imasu 私はABCで働いています。

I like watching animation (as you like it) – Watashi wa anime wo miru no ga suki desu 私はアニメを見るのが好きです。

I like reading comics (as you like it) – Watashi wa manga wo yomu no ga suki desu 私は漫画を読むのが好きです。

I like eating onigiri (as you like it) – Watashi wa onigiri wo taberu no ga suki desu 私はおにぎりを食べるのが好きです。

I like drinking coffee (as you like it) – Watashi wa koohee wo nomu no ga suki desu 私はコーヒーを飲むのが好きです。

It was nice meeting you – Yoroshiku onegai shimasu よろしくお願いいたします。
(This phrase also means regards or I request you to take care of ~)

See you later – Nochi hodo (formal) Dewa mata/Jya mata (informal) 後ほど(formal) ではまた・じゃまた(informal)

Bye – Sayōnara さようなら。

It is not necessary to start every sentence with ‘watashi wa’. ‘Watashi’ means I and ‘wa’ is the topic marker particle. While having a long conversation in Japanese, the subject of the sentence I or you are left out. I or you are used when beginning a conversation.

So if you are going to speak so many sentences (as given above), use ‘watashi wa’ when telling your name and when you want to stress on an information. For the rest of the sentences you can just omit it.

 

Vocabulary

watashi – I
wa – topic marker particle
kara – from
desu – is
kimasu – to come (kimashita is past tense)
~jin – defines nationality (amerikajin – American, kanadajin – Canadian)
de – at
hataraku – to work (hataraite is the present continuous form)
imasu –  to be
miru –  to see
no ga suki – to like something
yomu –  to read
taberu –  to eat
nomu – to drink

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