Learn Basic Greetings in Korean and Japanese

One of the easiest ways to impress people from another culture is by greeting them in their language. If you plan to impress your Korean or Japanese friend then you should learn greeting in Japanese and Korean language. It can also be that you are on vacation to Korea and Japan, and it is a great idea to greet the people you meet in their own languages. When one talks in the native language of the other person, it makes them feel special and they appreciate the efforts taken by you to learn their language. Learning basics about a language could also be the beginning of learning a new language.

Learn Basic Greetings in Korean and Japanese

The Korean language was invented by King Sejong, he invented the Hangul, the Korean alphabet. The Korean language is a northern Asian language, also established as the Altaic language. It is influenced by Mongolian, Turkish and Japanese. Whereas, Japanese is the only language that is known to not be away from its genetic affiliation.

Korean words and phrases for Greetings

Hi: 안녕 annyeong

I am fine: 나는 괜찮아 naneun gwaenchanh-a

Nice to meet you: 만나서 반갑습니다 mannaseo bangabseubnida

Hello: 안녕하십니까 annyeonghasibnikka

How are you: 잘 지내고 있나요?  jal jinaego issnayo?

How have you been: 어떻게 지냈나 요? eotteohge jinaessna yo?

How was your day: 오늘 어땠어요? oneul eottaess-eoyo?

Thank you: 감사합니다 gamsahabnida

Welcome: 환영하다 hwan-yeonghada

Japanese words and phrases for Greetings

Hi: こんにちは Kon’nichiwa

I am fine: 大丈夫です Daijōbudesu

Nice to meet you: はじめまして Hajimemashite

Hello: こんにちは Kon’nichiwa

How are you?: 元気ですか? Genkidesuka?

How have you been?: 元気でしたか? Genkideshita ka?

How was your day?: あなたの一日はどうでした? Anata no tsuitachi wa dōdeshita?

Thank you: ありがとうございました Arigatōgozaimashita

Welcome: ようこそ Yōkoso

Importance of Bowing

After knowing some basic greetings in Korean and Japanese, the next step is to learn how to bow. Bowing is considered to be a sincere and respectful way to greet people, especially older people. You mostly bow to people who are older than you or people you respect. One doesn’t bow to their friends and similar-aged people. Many Korean and Japanese people consider bowing an important greeting as it showcases respect for one another. So the next time you visit Korea and Japan make sure you show your respect to older people by bowing. 

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