ohayou おはよう  /     arigatou ありがとう :
Ohayou is used between friends and family members while ohayoo gozaimasu is used 
between less intimate acquaintances, similarly with arigatou and arigatou gozaimasu .

sayounara さようなら :
There are several good-bye expressions in Japanese , the choice among which depends on 
the degree of separation. Sayounara indicates that the speaker does not expect to see the person spoken to before she "turns a page in her life"; not until a new day arrives or until fate brings the two together again or until they meet again in the other world .

jaa, mata じゃあまた : 
Between friends , expecting to see each other again fairly soon
shitsureeshi masu : taking leave from a professor's office , for example
ittekimasu : leaving home 

sumimasen すみません : several meanings
1 - excuse me , to get another person's attention 
2- i am sorry , to apologize for the trouble you have caused 
3- or thank you , to show appreciation for what someone has done for you 

iie いいえ :
is primarily "no" , a negative reply to a question .
in the dialogue , it is used to express the english phrase "don't mention it" 
or "you're welcome"

itterasshai いってらっしゃい /  ittekimasu いってきます/
and okaerinasai おかえりなさい:

ittekimasu and itterasshai is a common exchange used at home when a family member 
the person who leaves says ittekimasu , which literally means"i will do and come back"
and the family members respond with itterasshai which means "please go and come back"

tadaima ただいま  / okaeri おかえり: 
are used when a person comes home. the person who arrives home says tadaima (i am 
home right now) to the family members,and they respond with okaerinasai (welcome home) 

Oyasuminasai : (Literally mean Have a good rest )

Hajimemashite : How do you do? (Said when meeting someone for the first time)

Douzo yoroshiku onegaishimasu: 
I ask that you treat me kindly. (This is said often when you meet someone for the first time 
or when you've asked them to do you some favor.)

Ohisashiburi desu : It's been a long time.

Ogenki desu ka : Are you well?

Hai, genki desu : Yes, I'm fine.

Dewa mata / Ja mata / Mata ne : see you 

Mata ashita: see you tomorrow

Ki o tsukete : take care (Be careful)

Youkoso :welcome 

~ yahia 
For more informations check Genki books 

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  1. Always wanted to learn japanese...Thanks for the posts.

  2. Thanks for the post!
    I would just add there is Different ways to say "Hello" in Japanese, depending on the moment of the day:

    こんばんは (Kon'nichi wa) = Hello/Good Afternoon
    おはようございます (Ohayō gozaimasu) = Good Morning
    こんばんは (Konban wa) = Good Evening

    Here is a nice website to learn what you need to know about japanese greetings:

  3. Great information about greeting in japanese language.Learn japanese greetings from this post is easy.We can easliy Greet the any japanese after learning this.
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