As with every language, we need to know how to converse. Let's start with some phrases that we will use to start a Japanese conversation. The time of day is important when choosing which Japanese phrase to use. For example, if it is before 10 am, we use the phrase:
おはよう (ohayou) Good morning
In more polite situations, we would use the polite version:
おはよう ございます (ohayou gozaimasu).
The rule of thumb is once 10 am has passed, we use the Japanese greeting:
こんにちは (konnichiwa) Good afternoon/hello
At nighttime, the greeting becomes:
こんばんは (konbanwa) Good evening
Now, if this is the first person we have met, we will need to introduce ourselves. In Japanese conversations, two phrases are always used:
はじめまして (hajimemashite) How do you do?
どうぞ よろしく (douzo yoroshiku) Nice to meet you
In between these two phrases, we can tell the other person our name. The easiest is to use the ~です )