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Learning greetings is a great way to start communicating with people in their language. Please listen to the audio carefully, and mimic what you hear.

If you know the basics of Japanese, there is a rule for writing the hiragana for "wa (わ)" and "ha (は)." When "wa" is used as a particle, it is written in hiragana as "ha." Nowadays, "Konnichiwa" or "Konbanwa" are fixed greetings. However, in the old days they were used in a sentence such as, "Today is ~ (Konnichi wa ~)" or "Tonight is ~ (Konban wa ~)" and "wa" functioned as a particle. That's why it is still written in hiragana as "ha."

Check out my "Japanese Greetings and Daily Expressions" to learn more about Japanese greetings.

Good Morning.
Ohayou.
おはよう。

Good Afternoon.
Konnichiwa.
こんにちは。

Good evening.
Konbanwa.
こんばんは。

Good night.
Oyasuminasai.
おやすみなさい。

Good bye.
Sayonara.
さよなら。

See you later.
Dewa mata.
ではまた。

See you tomorrow.
Mata ashita.
また明日。

How are you?
Genki desu ka.
元気ですか。

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