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Video:Learn Japanese: Greetings for Special Occasions

with Ayaka Hills

Learn Japanese greetings for special occasions so that you can properly congratulate friends and family. Here are Japanese greetings for special occasions in both the formal and informal style.See Transcript

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Transcript:Learn Japanese: Greetings for Special Occasions

Hi, I'm Ayaka Hills of Hills Learning in New York for About.com. In this video, I'll be going over some useful Japanese phrases for special occasions.

Learn the Japanese Greeting for Congratulations

First, let's learn how to say congratulations: おめでとう (omedeto)

The formal way to say congratulations is: おめでとうございます (omedeto gozaimasu)

The phrase ございます (gozaimasu) added to the end of the word, makes it more formal. It's added when you're addressing someone who is not a family member or a close friend.

To respond to this, you wold say: ありがとうございます (arigatogozaimasu), or thank you.

Learn the Japanese Greeting for Happy Birthday

Now, let's learn how to say "happy birthday." The informal way of saying this is: 誕生日おめでとう (tanjobi obedeto)

The formal way to say "happy birthday" is: お誕生日おべでとうございます (otanjobi omedetogozaimasu)

Again, you can respond by saying ありがとうございます (arigatogozaimasu)

Japanese Greetings for a Wedding

Here's how you can congratulate someone for getting married. The informal way of saying it is: 結婚おめでとう (kekkon omedeto)

The more formal way of saying "congratulations for your wedding" is: ご結婚おめでとうございます (gokekkon omedetogozaimasu)

Once again, you can respond by saying ありがとうございます (arigatogozaimasu)

Learn Japanese Greetings for Someone Who Is Sick

Here are some useful phrases when someone is sick. If you want to ask someone "how are you feeling?" you should say: 具合はいかがですか (guai wa ikagadesuka)

To respond positively, or to say "I'm ok," you can say: 大丈夫です (daijobudesu)

Or, to respond with "I don't feel so well," you can say: あまり良くないです (amari yokunaidesu)

To say "take care," you can say: お大事に (odaijini)

You can respond by saying ありがとうございます (arigatogozaimasu)

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