Have you ever heard 'こんにちは Konnichiwa? Do you know when you use it?
こんにちは Konnichiwa' is one of the famous Japanese words. こんにちは Konnichiwa' means "Hi" or "Hello" in English. Yet, do you know you can use 'こんにちは Konnichiwa' only during the daytime?
As Good morning, Good afternoon, and Good evening, Japanese greetings change by the time of the day. But, the transition of timelines is very unclear - no specific time frame.
For example, about Ohayougozaimasu - good morning, some people use it until 11 am. On the other hand, some stop using Ohayougozaimasu after 10 am or even 9 am. However, we don't use Ohayougozaimasu in the afternoon unless you work in a particular set.
すみません Sumimasen is a convenient word. You can use すみません Sumimasen when you would like to express the following ways;
① Excuse me
② I am sorry
③ Thank you.
When you want to get someone's attention, you can use すみません Sumimasen. For example, when you call a server to order food in a restaurant.
Number two and Number three are contrary expressions, aren't they? So how can we make a clear distinction? Use your voice tone and facial expression to communicate the specific purpose. Don't worry. You can naturally express yourself whenever you feel genuinely "sorry" or "thank you."
Start using Japanese Greetings daily. It may bring you opportunities for building your network. Here are some standard Japanese greetings for daily use.