Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Self Introduction in Japanese

When you start to learn a foreign language, and if your goal is to speak it with people, what should you learn first? Self introduction!! Right? :)

I guess you guys already know how to say these expressions in Japanese:
-Hello. こんにちは/konnichiwa/
-Nice to meet you. はじめまして/hajimemashite/
-I'm... わたしは/watashi wa.../
-Thank you. ありがとう(ございます)/arigatou (gozaimasu)/
You can check some common greetings in this post, too:
<Common Greeting Phrases in Japanese>

There're tons of resources about self introduction in Japanese. They tell you how to say where you from, what you do, what you like, etc. I want to add some expressions to your self-introduction list.

(1) I just started learning Japanese.
/nihongo no benkyou wo hajimeta bakari desu/
Or make it more simple --> I'm a beginner.
/shoshin-sha desu/

(2) I can't read or write Hiragana/Katakana yet.
/mada hiragana to katakana ga wakarimasen/
Simple version --> I don't know the characters yet.
/mada moji ga wakarimasen/

(3) Can you help me with learning Japanese?
/nihongo no benkyou wo tetsudatte kudasai/
Simple version --> Can you help me please?
/tetsudatte morae masu ka?/

Now you can speak Japanese! ;)
Here's an idea for Language Exchange: What Should I Talk About?
Try it, and please don't afraid of making a mistake. If you have any questions or comments, I'll be happy to hear them! Or, why don't you try writing your self introduction here? ;)


  1. Hello Tomoe,
    Thanks for your post.
    I have just arrived in Japan as an English teacher at Mainichieikaiwa (http://www.mainichieikaiwa.jp). I would like to learn Japanese a little bit for daily conversations. Thanks for all your advice on this blog!

    1. Thank you Mike, welcome to Japan! :)
      I'd be very glad if these blog posts could help you. I hope your life in Japan will have a lot of fun!


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