Lesson 3: Saying hello

In the previous lesson I told we would get into some language.

It’s time! You’re about to learn a little Japanese!

Saying hello is probably one of the most common things you’d say in any language. You want to be a polite and cool person while adventuring around Japan right?

There is a small gotcha when trying to say hello in Japanese though. Japan has a few different ways to say hello, depending on the time of day:

  • Ohayo (おはよう) — means good morning. Use this between breakfast and lunch.
  • Konnichiwa (こんにちは) — means good afternoon. Use this between lunch and about 5:00 PM
  • Konbanwa (こんばんは) — means good evening. Use this after 5:00 PM until late night, or early morning (before the sun comes up).

That’s it for this lesson — nice and quick today. But your “homework” is to practice using these words.