6 different ways to say “How are you ?” in Japanese

You say “How are you ?” when you see your friends or acquaintances for the first time on that day. You can translate it into “Ogenkidesuka ?”/「お元気げんきですか?」in Japanese normally and we have other ways to say it. I will introduce them.

1. Genki ?/元気げんき?

You can say “Genki ?”/「元気げんき?」when you see your friends for the first time on that day. Normally you can translate “How are you ?” into it in Japanese. This is a casual expression. Japanese people don’t commonly say “Genki ?”/「元気げんき?」like Westerners when they see their friends or acquaintances for the first time on that day. Of course a few people say it in this situation, but normally we use other ways. You can say “Ogenkidesuka ?”/「お元気げんきですか?」as a polite expression, but we don’t commonly use it in this situation.

2. Otsukare/お疲つかれ

Originally we say it in the workplace, but now we can also say it in private. So commonly we say “Otsukare”/「おつかれ」when we see our friends for the first time on that day. And also I very often say it in this situation. You can also say “Otsukaresamadesu”/「おつかさまです」to elderly people as a polite expression. It’s common and of course also I often say it in this situation.

3. Konnnichiwa/こんにちは

You can say it when you see people about noon for the first time on that day as both casual and polite expressions. I often say it in this situation and it’s common and natural.

4. Ohayo/おはよう

You can say it when you see people in the morning for the first time on that day as a casual expression. You can also say “Ohayogozaimasu”/「おはようございます」as a polite expression. Also I say use it in this situation and they are natural and common.

5. Hisashiburi/久ひさしぶり

You can say it when you see your friends whom you have never seen for a long time. This is a casual expression. Also I often say it when I see my friends whom I have seen for a long time. As a polite expression you can also say “Ohisashiburidesu”/「おひさしぶりです」.This is also used commonly.

6. Saikindo ?/最近さいきんどう?

Also this is used when we see our friends whom we have never seen for a long time. This is a casual expression and also I use it sometimes. You can also say “Saikin Ikagadesuka ?”/「最近さいきん、いかがですか?」as a polite expression, but we don’t say it in this situation normally. It’s common that we say “Hisashiburi”/「ひさしぶり」or “Ohisashiburidesu”/「おひさしぶりです」instead of them.

Summary

It’s common that you say “Otsukare”/「おつかれ」, ”Konnnichiwa”/「こんにちは」or “Ohayo”/「おはよう」when you see your friends for the first time on that day. You can also say “Hisashiburi”/「ひさしぶり」when you see your friends whom you have never seen for a long time.

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  1. Angelica says:

    I really enjoy your blog…🙂 I appreciate your intentions to extend your knowledge by sharing it with us.The session is informative and enjoyable. Your Teaching skills are very good.👏👏👏

  2. Dan says:

    I find this very useful since it’s very common to ask someone “how are you?” Like an actual greeting here. Just like saying “hello”. Thank you for it!

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