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0.01: A. Greetings

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  • A:Ohayou. おはよう。 Good morning.

    B:Ohayou gozaimasu. おはようございます。 Good morning.


    1. Ohayou おはよう Good morning

    2. Ohayou gozaimasu おはようございます Good morning (polite)

    3. +Konnichiwa こんにちは Hello

    4. +Konbanwa こんばんは Good evening


    Gozaimasu indicates politeness and formality. People who know each other well (family members, good friends) can use the short form. You should never use the short form with your superiors (teacher, boss, supervisor). Konnichiwa and konbanwa cover both formal and informal situations.

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