JAPANESE LESSON

Japanese​ Lesson 6: How to Introduce Yourself in Japanese

introduce yourself

Hi, ojachan is here. 😄 Today’s lesson is: Japanese Lesson 6: How to Introduce Yourself in Japanese!

Don’t you want to know how to learn Japanese like Japanese kids? This lesson is meant for students that are beginners at Japanese. 

You want to have a good impression for the person who you meet right? Here is your tips to have a good conversation with Japanese people!

Let’s get started!

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挨拶 Greetings


We use greetings proper time or situations.
挨拶 aisatsu” means greetings. We have much education when you see someone not to be rude at the school.

■ 4 a.m. to 11 a.m.

・Politely

おはようございます
ohayougozaimasu
Good morning.

・Casually

おはよう
ohayou
Morning.

■ 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (until darkness)

こんにちは
konnichiwa
hello

■ 6 p.m to 4 a.m.

こんばんは
konbanwa
Good evening.

■ For the first time

You can use this when you meet someone at the first time!
You can use it for daily conversation, business, and various scene.

はじめまして
hajimemashite
How do you do?

You can use this when you meet somebody at the first time as greeting.

・Politely

どうぞ、宜しく お願いします。
ouzo yoroshiku onegai shimasu
Nice to meet you.

We use this greeting for the last part in the conversation.

・Casually

よろしく!/ よろしくね。
yoroshiku yoroshikune
Nice to meet you.

よろしく can give an impression you’re a cheerful guy. While よろしくね can give an impression you’re a kind person.

You can learn more about the difference of Keiogo and greetings!

名前 Name


There are several ways to introduce yourself in Japanese. I’m going to introduce you various expressions for each scenes.

私の名前は おじゃる です。
watashi no namae wa ojaru desu
My name is OJAR.

わたしは  おじゃる です。
watashi wa ojaru desu
I’m OJAR.

・Politely

私の名前は おじゃる と申します。
watashi no namae wa ojaru to moushimasu
I’m OJAR.

申します is one of Keigo, 謙譲語 kenjougo. You can use this polite expression if you meet the business partner, customers or your girlfriend’s family.

おじゃちゃん と呼んでください。
ojachan to yonde kudasai
Call me Ojachan.

・Casually

おじゃちゃんって 呼んで。 / おじゃちゃんって 呼んでね。
ojachan tte yonde / ojachan tte yondene
Call me Ojachan.

出身 Hometown


When you see somebody, maybe you may introduce your “出身 shusshin hometown”.

You can learn how to say where you come here.

わたしは  日本人 です。
watashi wa nihonjin desu
I am Japanese.

日本語PronunciationEnglish
アメリカ人amerika-jinAmerikan
アラブ人arabu-jinArabian
イギリス人igirisu-jinEnglish
イタリア人itaria-jinItalian
インド人indo-jinIndian
ドイツ人doitsu-jinGerman
スペイン人supein-jinSpanish
フランス人furansu-jinFrench
フィリピン人firipin-jinPhillipino
マレーシア人mareeshia-jinMalaysian

わたしは  日本から 来ました。
watashi wa nihon kara kimashita
I came from Japan.

わたしは  日本 生まれ、東京 育ちです。
watashi wa nihon umare toukyou sodachi desu
I was born in Japan, and I grew up in Tokyo.

職業 Occupation


You may often introduce what you do as your occupation.

・If you are a student

わたしは  大学生 です。
watashi wa daigakusei desu
I’m a university student.

日本語pronunciationEnglish
学生gakuseistudent
大学院生daigakuinseigraduate student
大学生daigakuseiuniversity student
高校生koukouseihigh school student
中学生chuugakuseijunior high school student
小学生shougakuseiElementary school student

You can use this if you want to tell your detail study.

わたしは 大学で 日本語を 専攻しています。
watashi wa daigaku de nihongo wo eenkou shiteimasu
I major in Japanese at my university.

・If you have a job

わたしは  教師です。
watashi wa kyoushi desu
I’m a teacher.

日本語pronunciationEnglish
経営者keieishaEntrepreneur
会社員kaishainemployee
事務員jimuinclerk
販売員 / 店員hanbaiin / teninsalesperson
銀行員ginkouinbanker
会計士kaikeishiaccouter
弁護士bengoshilawyer
看護師kangoshinurse
作家sakkawriter
エンジニアenjiniaengineer
操縦士soujuushipilot
美容師biyoushihairstylist

わたしは  OJAR会社で 働いています。
watashi wa ojaru-gaisya de hataraite imasu
I’m working for OJAR company.

わたしは  広報部の ウェブプログラマを 担当しています。
watashi wa kouhoubu no web purogurama wo tantou shiteimasu
I’m in charge of a web programming for PR department.

You can learn the detail grammar here!

年齢 と 誕生日 Age and Birthday


You can use these expressions if you want to introduce your ages and your birthday.

・年齢 nenrei age

わたしは 30歳 です。
watashi wa sanjussai desu
I’m thirty years old.

日本語pronunciationEnglish
18歳juuhassai18 year-old
19歳juukuusai19 year-old
20歳niju-ssai20 year-old
21歳nijuu-issai21 year-old
22歳nijuu-nisai22 year-old
23歳nijuu-sansai23 year-old
24歳nijuu-yonsai24 year-old
25歳nijuu-gosai25 year-old
26歳nijuu-rokusai26 year-old
27歳nijuu-nanasai27 year-old
28歳nijuu-hassai28 year-old
29歳nijuu-kyuusai29 year-old
30歳sanju-ssai30 year-old
40歳yonju-ssai40 year-old
50歳goju-ssai50 year-old
60歳rokuju-ssai60 year-old

・誕生日 tanjoubi birthday

わたしは 5月 生まれです。
watashi wa gogatsu umare desu
I was born in May.

you can learn here how to say months!

趣味 Hobbies


Maybe you may want to introduce your hobbies with listener.

・Easy

わたしは  音楽が 好きです。
watashi wa ongaku ga sukidesu
I like music.

日本語pronunciationEnglish
音楽ongakumusic
映画eigamovie
スポーツsupootsusport
お絵かきoekakidrawing
旅行ryokoutraveling
語学gogakustudying language
料理ryouricooking
演奏ensouplaying (instrument )
読書dokushoreading books
散歩sanpowalking
登山tozanclimbing
ドライブdoraibudriving

・Difficult

わたしは  音楽鑑賞が 趣味です。
watashi wa ongaku-kanshou ga shumi desu
My hobby is listening to music.

日本語pronunciationEnglish
音楽鑑賞ongakukanshoumusic appriciation
映画鑑賞eigakanshouwatching films
筋トレkintoremuscle training
天体観測tentaikansokustargazing
楽器演奏gakkiensouplaying the instrument
温泉巡りonsen-megurihot spring hopping
美術館巡りbijutsukan-megurimuseum hopping
食べ歩きtafbearukiwalk and eat tour

家族 Family


You can talk your “家族 kazoku family” with these expressions.

わたしは  五人家族 です。
watashi wa gonin-kazoku desu
There are 5 members in my family. 

日本語PronunciationEnglish
一人hitorialone
二人futaritwo people
三人sanninthree people
四人yoninfour people
五人goninfive people
六人rokuninsix people
七人nananinseven people
八人hachinineight people
九人kuninnine people
十人juuninten people

わたしは と が います。
watashi wa ani to imouto ga imasu
I have an elder brother and a younger sister.

日本語pronunciationEnglish
hahamother
chichifather
anielder brother
aneelder sister
otoutoyounger brother
imoutoyounger sister
双子(の)futagotwin

わたしは を 飼っています。
watashi wa neko wo katteimasu
I have a cat.

日本語pronunciationEnglish
動物doubutsuanimal
nekocat
inudog
toribird
sakanafish
ウサギusagirabbit
umahorse
kameturtle
イタチitachiweaesel
ヘビhebisnake

尋ねる Asking Listener


あなたは どうですか。
anata wa doudesuka
How about you?

■ Asking Name

・casually

名前は 何て 言うの?
namae wa nante iuno
What’s your name?

You can’t use it for elder and superior people.

・Politely

お名前は 何と おっしゃいますか。
onamae wa nanto osshaimasuka
What is your name?

■ Asking Hometown

・Casually

どこから 来たの?
dokokara kitano
Where are you from?

・Politely

お国は どちらですか。
okuni wa dochira desuka
Where is your hometown country?

ご出身は どちらですか。
goshusshin wa dochira desuka
Where is your hometown?

■ Asking Occupation

・Casually

仕事は 何 してるの?
shigoto wa nani shiteruno
What do you do?

・Politely

お仕事は 何を されていますか。
oshigoto wa nani wo sareteimasuka
What is your profession?

・Asking major

専攻は 何ですか。
senkou wa nandesuka
What is your major?

■ Asking Birthday

・Casually

誕生日は いつ?
tanjoubi wa itsu
When’s your birthday?

・Politely

お誕生日は いつ ですか。
otanjoubi wa itsu desuka
When is your birthday?

■ Asking Hobbies

・Casually

趣味 ありますか。
shumi arimasuka
Do you have hobbies?

・Politely

ご趣味は 何ですか。
goshumi wa nandesuka
What is your hobbies?

■ Asking Family

・Casually

何人家族?
nanin kazoku
How many your family members?

何人兄弟?
nannin kyoudai
How many your siblings?

ペット 飼ってる?
petto katteru
Do you have pets?

・Politely

ご家族は 何人 ですか。
gokazoku wa nannin desuka
How many your family members are?

ご兄弟は いらっしゃいますか。
gokyoudai wa irassyaimasuka
Do you have any siblings?

ペットは 飼って いらっしゃいますか。
petto wa katte irasshaimasuka
Do you have any pets?

⭐️When you finish the sentence, you need to write”” which is called “ 読点to-ten” instead of “period”.

⭐️If you finish your divisions in your writing , you have to write “ ” which is called “句点ku-ten” instead of “comma”.

⭐️And we usually don’t use “? question mark” in the text. But we often use it in casual sentences.

Let’s Practice

Your Homework

✏️Answer these questions in Japanese and comment to the below.

Introduce yourself in Japanese.

Okay, that’s all for today!

Good luck with your Japanese study 😉

*MINNA NO NIHONGO,VOL.1-W/CD*

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Publisher:3 A corporation (2nd Edition)

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