Formal introductions in Japanese

Basic Japanese Lessons (4)

yoroshiku

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Dialogue 

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(1) Formal Introductions

In Japanese there are several levels of formality. Here is the expression, "Nice to meet you" on various formal levels.

Douzo yoroshiku onegaishimasu.
どうぞよろしくお願いします。
Very formal expression
Used to a higher
Yoroshiku onegaishimasu.  
よろしくお願いします。
To a higher
Douzo yoroshiku.
どうぞよろしく。
To an equal
Yoroshiku.
よろしく。
To a lower


The honorific "o (お)" or "go (ご)" can be attached to the front of some nouns as a formal way of saying "your." It is very polite. Please check out more about respectful prefix (polite marker).

o-kuni
お国
someone else's country
o-namae
お名前
someone else's name
o-shigoto 
お仕事
someone else's job
go-senmon
ご専門
someone else's field of study


There are some cases "o" or "go" does not mean "your." In this case they make the word more polite. Click here to learn more about "o" and "go".

o-cha
お茶
tea (Japanese tea)
o-tearai
お手洗い 
toilet


(2) Addressing People

The title "san (Mr./Mrs./Miss etc.)" is used for both male and female names, and either the family name or the given name. It is a respectful title, so you can not attach it your own name or to the name of one of your family members.