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Good morning in Japanese

Amelia Watson Amelia Watson (0) on 26/05/15

I know that ohayo gozaimasu is good morning in Japanese, but I hear people using different things depending on who they're talking to.

What are the other ways people say it, and why/when do they use them?

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I remember coming across a ざいまーす (zaima-su) used for "good morning". It is used among co-workers at work. It comes from the last part in おはようございます (ohayou gozaimasu)

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Misako Yoke Misako Yoke (1) on 26/05/15

Great observation, Wouter! It is very common in a workplace. I remember men tend to say ッス (only the very last portion of "Ohayo gozaimasu" to coworkers, or even bosses. I would say "Ohayo- !" to my friends and family. It's a casual version, so my teachers and bosses would say "Ohayo-" to me, and I'd response "Ohayo gozaimasu".

Nate Hill Nate Hill (2) on 26/05/15

Misako, "Ohayo-!" the casual way always sounds so much more cheerful. The other ways usually feel kind of like, "Oh, I wish I wasn't here...". I like the ohayo :)
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Men to other men they know and are on the same level with (same age, etc.), generally just give a hearty "oos" sound (the oo is like the 'u' in 'put').

That just comes from shortening the word ohayo gozaimasu to the oh at the beginning and the s sounds at the end.

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