How do u say “hello” and “goodbye” in Japanese?

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  • I lived in Japan for 4 years, and I took two years of Japanese during school. The way you say hello depends on the time of day it is. Good-bye is only one way, however.

    Ohaiyogozaimasu (oh-hi-yo-go-zai-mahs)- Good morning

    Konnichiwa (Ko-nee-chee-wa)- Good afternoon

    Konbanwa (kohn-ban-wa)- Good evening

    Sayonara (sai-yon-nah-rah)- Good-bye

  • Good morning: ohayo gozaimasu (oh-ha-yoooh goh-zaigh-mass — make the second “o” a little longer than the others, and don’t pronounce the “u” at the end)

    Good afternoon: konnichiwa (kon-nee-chee-wa — hold the “n” sound a bit longer for maximum accuracy)

    Good evening: konbanwa (kon-ban-wa)

    Good night: oyasumi nasai (oh-ya-soo-mee nah-saigh)

    Goodbye: sayonara (sah-yoooh-nah-rah — that long “o” again)

    Don’t stress any of the syllables on any of these. Japanese doesn’t use stress the way that English does.

    I’m also annoyed at the posters who said things like “domo oregato” and “sainara”… these aren’t even close to the correct spellings or pronunciations of these terms, and “domo arigato” doesn’t belong here at all. I’m sure they’re thinking to themselves that it doesn’t matter, but it really does. You can easily say something nonsensical at best and very embarrassing at worst in Japanese if you change a few sounds. There’s no room for laziness when speaking foreign languages, especially considering that listeners tend to have high standards even for foreign speakers… if you don’t want to get it right, what’s the point of even saying it?

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  • The most common way to say hello is “こにちわ” – konichiwa and goodbye is さよなら-sayonara but they are also polite versions

    If you are talking amongst friends you can say hello asども”domo” which means hey and またね”matane” meaning bye bye

  • Ohaiyogozaimasu


  • Hi ,

    Hello = Konichiwa

    Good morning = Ohayo

    Good night = Konbanwa

    Good bye = Sayonara

    If you are speaking to someone important or formally you would say Gozaimahs or Gozaimahster (not sure of spelling sorry) .But if your speaking to someone more causally like your Frienids or maybe your parents you wouldn’t 🙂 If your speaking to a teacher or somenone that works at a school you say sensei afterwards meaning teacher so it would be Ohayo sensei .

    A causal way of saying good bye is Bye-Bye meaning bye to a friend or someone close to you .


  • Hello: konnichiwa (also means ‘good afternoon’)

    Hello on a phone: moshi moshi (also means ‘excuse me’ when trying to get someone’s attention)

    Goodbye: sayonara

  • Konnichiwa

  • Konichiwa

  • I’m japanese. Regerding good morning and goodbye, there are polite word and casual word. Polite words are written Best Answer. Casual words is following. I think more better that it is separately used depending on the situation.


    good morning – おはよー(o-ha-yoo)

    goodbye – バイバイ(bye-bye)

  • “HELLO”

    I think it depends on the time we use it.

    3-10 o’clock : OHAYO-GOZAIMASU

    10-18 o’clock : KON-NICHIWA

    18-3 o’clock : KON-BANWA

    After the sun set, we usually use “KON-BANWA”.

    but the border line of the time is very ambiguous.

    Most people don’t care even if you use “KON-NICHIWA” in morning time.

    It’s worth greeting to the others.


    I think “SAYONARA” is not often used in daily life.

    Elementary school kids sometimes say it to their teachers.

    Adults often say “MATANE” or “JAH-NE”.

    In formal situation, We use “SITSUREI-SIMASU”.

    I hope this will be your help.

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