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Japan.fBP1,3, p.xxii

Japanese for Busy People 1, 3rd, Romanized, p. xxii: Useful daily expressions

Ohayō gozaimasu. "Good morning." (Used until about 10:00 a.m.)
Konnichiwa. "Hello." (A rather informal greeting used from about 10:00 a.m. until sundown.)
Konbanwa. "Good evening."
Oyasuminasai. "Good night." (Said at night before going to bed and when parting at night during late hours outside the home.)
Sayōnara. / Shitsureishimasu. (more formal) "Good-bye."
Dewa / Ja mata. "Well then..." (Said informally when parting from relatives or friends.)
O-sakini shitsureishimasu Said when leaving the office or a meeting before other people.
Itterasshai. "So long." said by the person who stays to the leaving person(s) (lit., "Go and come back."; Said to members of a household as they leave the house. Occasionally used at work.)
Ittekimasu. / Ittemairimasu. (more polite) "So long." said by the person who is leaving to the ones who stay (lit., "[I'm] going and coming back."; This expression forms a pair with "itterasshai". Occasionally used at work.)
Tadaima. "I'm back." (lit, "[I have returned] just now."; Said by a person on returning home. Occasionally used at work.)
Okaeri nasai. "Welcome home." (This expression forms a pair with "tadaima". Occasionally used at work.)
Itadakimasu. Said before eating a meal.
Gochisō samadeshita. Said after eating a meal.
Omedetō gozaimasu. "Congratulations."
Dōmo arigatō gozaimasu. "Thank you very much."
Dō itashimashite. "You're welcome."
Sumimasen. "Excuse me.", "I'm sorry."
Chōtto matte kudasai. "Wait just a moment, please."
"Mō ichi-do onegaishimasu." "Once more, please."
Dōzo o-sakini "Please, go ahead."
Ki o tsukete. "Take care.", "Be careful."
O-daijini. "Take care of yourself." (Used toward an ill or injured person.)
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