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Uki Uki NihonGO + Culture! - Lesson 3 - self introduction

In today's lesson we discuss how to introduce yourself in a variety of situations. Whether with your friends, coworkers, acquaintances, guests or superiors, you'll be able to use these phrases, so try them out!

The primary levels of speech are:

Casual (friends, family)
Polite (colleagues, acquaintances, strangers)
Respectful (boss, guests, teachers, customers)

Using the incorrect politeness level is not the end of the world, but having the knowledge of which level to use and when to use it will help you out on your road to mastering Japanese!

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hajime mashite -- Nice to meet you (used only in introductions)

yoroshiku/yoroshiku onegaishimasu/yoroshiku onegaiitashimasu -- The meaning of this expression varies depending on the situation and is one of the more difficult expressions to translate. Possible variations include: Let's be friends/I look forward to getting to know you/I look forward to working with you, etc.

mou ichido -- once more

Lesson Script:

A: Konnichiwa ! Welcome to UKI UKI NIhonGO! UKI UKI
Nihongo e youkoso!!

As we explained in the last episode, there are 3 levels of politeness in Japanese; Casual, Polite and Respectful. Today, I would like to show you how to introduce yourself using the 3 levels.

Are you ready? Hai, dewa hajime mashou!

First is the Casual level . You can use this when talking to friends.

A: Hajimemashite, Akai desu. Yoroshiku!

One more time, mou ichido.

Here is the Polite level. You can use this in most general situations. Therefore if not in a formal or business situation, this level would be polite enough to use with anyone.

A: Hajimemashite, Akai desu. Yoroshiku onegai shimasu.

One more time, mou ichido.

and finally, here is a Respectful level . You can use this in business and formal situations such as a meeting or a formal party. It is made more polite with a bow.

A : Hajimemashite, Akai to moushimasu. Douzo yoroshiku onegai itashimasu.

Mou ichido.

A : Very good! Totemo ii desu! Please practice these introductions in a variety of situations! If there's any questions, I'll be happy to answer! Shitsumon o omachi shite imasu! Dewa mata kondo!

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