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"Hajimemashite" is the formal way of introducing yourself for the first time. Its the equivalent of "Nice to meet you". You would bow as you say this to show respect. Then you would say your name in English because if your a beginner, you don't want to mess up your first impression with your name. After you say your name you then follow it with a "Dozo yoroshiku". This basically means "Please take care of me". Your new Japanese friend will be very impressed with your greeting of a great beggining.

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"kokujin" means "Black foreigner"

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"gaikokujin" means "non-Japanese person"

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"Gaijin" is a foreigner to Japan -- offensive

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10 Crucial Japanese words.

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Genki (元気) is a common Japanese word that means "energetic, lively and healthy". Energy, enthusiasm and health are a single concept in Japanese culture.

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"Otsukaresama deshita" means "you're tired." Its a high compliment, because Japanese people respect hard work. Its also used as a cheer before drinks.

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"Kanpai" means cheers! You should cheer before drinking beer.

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"Ohashi" are chopsticks in Japan.

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"Sayonara" means "goodbye" in Japanese. It is pronounced like "sai-yoh-na-ra" not "sai-yah-na-ra."

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