Whether you are a student, tourist, or a new employee, learning how to introduce yourself in Japanese properly can significantly affect how the locals will treat you. In the Japanese culture, self-introductions are called 自己 紹介 (じこしょうかい) or Jikoushoukai, and they are deemed as an essential step in order to establish yourself among the locals. The word jiko refers to the English word "self," while shoukai can directly be translated to "introduction." In this post, we will walk you through how you can prepare for this (may it be for formal or casual encounters) so that you can connect better with the locals when the time comes.
Planning to go on a trip or to work in Tokyo? Whenever we meet someone for the first time, most of us merely do say hello and follow it up with the name right away. However, that is not the case for Japanese people as they view introductions as a form of respect, and it reflects your enthusiasm in getting to know or working side-by-side with the locals. Of course, you as a foreigner are not expected to be fluent in Japanese but having some knowledge on how eve the basic greetings work can earn you an extra brownie point.
Before we go on a deep dive on the basic structure that you can use, allow us to give you a few tips that you must know while introducing the Japanese people.
Now that you already have an idea of the basic etiquette when introducing yourself in Japanese let's now discuss the 5 basic lines that can help your crush that introduction like a pro.
Are you looking for a surefire way to introduce yourself to your Japanese colleagues? Aside from mastering the basic greetings in Japanese, you are expected to go beyond and completely describe who you are to the people you meet. Of course, it doesn't always have to follow all these lines, but our list here is perfect to use if you want to sound polite for a formal and casual introduction.
If you have a friend or colleague who will introduce you to other Japanese people, it would be wise to always start your introduction with a simple greeting such as those listed on the table below.
|Nice to meet you||始めまして||Hajimemashte|
|Nice to meet you, everyone!||みなさん、はじめまして。||Minasan, hajimemashite|
|Hello, everyone. Nice to meet you.||みなさん、こんにちは。はじめまして。||Minasan, kon'nichiwa. Hajimemashite|
|Good morning||おはようござい ます。||Ohayōgozaimasu|
Once you have stated your basic greetings, you can now move on and start to say your name in any of the ways below.
|Please call me Anna||アンナと呼んでください||Anna to yonde kudasai|
|My name is||と 申 し ます / 名前 は||To saru shimasu / Namae wa|
|My name is Anna||あたしの名前はアンナです||Atashi no namae wa Annadesu|
|My name is Michael||マイケルといいます||Maikeru to īmasu|
|I am||私 は||Watashi wa|
|I'm Mark||マークです||Māku desu|
|The name is Mark, but everyone calls me Marky.||名前はマークですが、誰もが私をマーキーと呼んでいます||Namae wa mākudesuga, daremoga watashi o mākī to yonde imasu.|
|I am Anna.||私はアンナです。||Watashi wa Annadesu|
Aside from stating your name, it is totally normal if people will ask where you are from or your nationality. To properly answer this, you can use any of the following expressions below.
|I come from||から 来 ま した||Kara ki ma shita|
|I live in||私は住んでいます||Watashi wa sunde imasu|
|I am from America||私はアメリカからです||Watashi wa amerikakaradesu|
|I am from the United States.||アメリカから来ました||Amerika kara kimashita|
|I am an American||私はアメリカ人です||Watashi wa amerikahitodesu|
|I am from Tokyo||私は東京出身です||Watashi wa Tokyo shusshin desu|
Traditionally, the Japanese have a set of words to describe every job but with today's modern occupations, it is allowed to use Japanified terms. Japanified (also known as wasei-eigo) refers to the mixture of English terms in a sentence.
|I'm an office worker||私はサラリーマンです||Watashi wa sararīmandesu|
|I'm an English teacher||私は英語の先生です||Watashi wa eigo no senseidesu|
|I am a graphic designer||グラフィック - デザイナー - です||Gurafikku dezaina desu|
|I am a student||私は学生です。||Watashi wa gakuseidesu|
|I am a nurse||私は看護師です||Watashi wa kankoshidesu|
|I am an engineer||私はエンジニアです。||Watashi wa enjiniadesu|
|I am an accountant||私は会計士です||Watashi wa kaikeishidesu|
|I work at a bank||私は銀行で働いています||Watashi wa ginkō de hataraite imasu|
|I work at a company||私は会社で働いています||Watashi wa kaisha de hataraite imasu|
|I work at a hospital||私は病院で働いています||Watashi wa byōin de hataraite imasu|
While you can always just end with thank you in the Japanese language, you can also make use of the following classic lines below.
|Please be kind to me||よろしく||Yoroshiku|
|Please be treat me well||よろしく お願い し ます||Yoroshiku onegaishimasu|
|Please be kind to me (formal)||どうぞよろしくおねがいします||Douzo yoroshiku onegai shimasu|
|I'm happy to meet you||お会いできてうれしいです||O ai dekite ureshii desu|
|I'm very honored to meet you||お会いできて光栄です||O ai dekite kouei desu|
|Nice to meet you||どうぞよろしく||Douzo yoroshiku|
|Nice to meet you (informal)||よろしくね||Yoroshiku ne|
As we reach this part of the article, we hope that you were able to learn all the basic self-introduction lines that you can use at school, work, online, or for casual interactions. Suppose you enjoyed this post and would like to learn more about the Japanese language and culture. In that case, we highly recommend that you read out other related posts like how to greet using the Japanese language, the basic sentence structure, and how to say I love you; like a real native!
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