Introducing yourself

Watch the following video to learn how to introduce yourself in simple Japanese.



  1. はじめまして literally means “It is the first time meeting you”, but can be translated as “How do you do?” It is only used when meeting someone for the first time.
  2. The simple Japanese sentence pattern can be presented as:

    (TOPIC) (NOUN)です

    は is a particle called “topic marker”, which follows the topic to indicate that the noun is the TOPIC of the sentence.

    わたし がくせい です
    わたし ちゅうごくじん です
    へれんさん かんこく人 です

    です is equivalent to the English ‘am, are, is.’
    The negative of です is じゃないです.

    (TOPIC) (NOUN) じゃない です

    せんせい がくせい じゃない です
    けいとさん 日本人 じゃない です
    いいさんさん 女の人 じゃない です

    The topic can also be often omitted when it is obvious who or what you are talking about. So the sentence appears as (NOUN)です。
    E.g. ともこです。

  3. Refer to the JAPANESE SENTENCE STRUCTURES to better understand the difference between Japanese and English sentence structures.


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