the nikku

reflecting on ESL/EFL and its relation to faith

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Japanese New Year's Phrases

Even though the New Year was last week, you'll still hear these Japanese
phrases everywhere:

"Happy New Year" (from most formal to informal) =
akemashite omedetou gozaimasu! 明けましておめでとうございます!
akemashite omedetou!
yoi otoshi wo! 良いお年を!

"I'm counting on you this year as well." =
kotoshi mo yoroshiku onegaishimasu! 今年もよろしくお願いします!
kotoshi mo yoroshiku ne!

These phrases only come up once a year. Seize the moment and use them as
much as you can now! :)

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about "akeome"? ^^

ND

1/15/2009 11:51 PM  
Blogger NB said...

For those who don't know, "akeome" is the very short and informal form of "akemashite omedetou".

Put the two first syllables together and you get "akeome". I've only heard students use this greeting with friends.

Thanks for additional content ND!

1/16/2009 8:29 AM  
Blogger NB said...

I recently learned "akeome"'s other half:

"kotoyoro" This is short for "KOTOshi mo YOROshiku".

Happy Japanese speaking. :)

1/21/2009 3:33 PM  

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