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Aug 1, 2018

Morning, daytime, evening, and night in Japanese


In the previous article, we  studied about how we should say time in Japanese.
  Time of the day >>


In this article, let's study how we can say morning, daytime, evening, and night.




Please check the table below!


EnglishHiraganaRomajiKanji
morningあさa sa
daytimeひるhi ru
eveningゆうがたyu u ga ta夕方
nightよるyo ru
nightばんba n


I wrote the words in Kanji, just in case.
However, if your main purpose of study is to learn to listen and speak, you don't need to remember them!


I wrote two words for 'night'.
They are 'よる' and 'ばん'.

You can say they are the same because native Japanese speakers also can't tell the clear difference between 'よる' and 'ばん'.
(Technically, 'ばん' can rarely include the evening. But 'ばん' is mostly used for night. However, よる is always used for night.)



By the way, you have already seen 'ばん' before, haven't you?

In the past article, we talked about the greeting which includes 'ばん'.


Do you remember?


Let's check the greetings for each time of the day!

Can you tell the greetings when you meet someone, for items below?

1.あさ (morning)->
2.ひる (daytime)->
3.ゆうがた (evening)->
4.よる (night)->



If you don't remember the answer, please check the article below!


Answer:

1. Greeting of あさ

As I wrote in the previous article, 'おはよう' is used in the morning!
However, 'おはようございます (o ha yo u go za i ma su)' is more polite.
You can say just 'おはよう' to your friends.
But when you meet your boss in the morning, maybe you should use 'おはようございます'.



2. Greeting of ひる

'こんにちは' can be used throughout the whole day.
But daytime is the most usual time to use 'こんにちは' because there are alternative greetings in the morning or the night.

'こんにちは' sounds polite enough to use in the office.
You can say this to your boss!



3. Greeting of ゆうがた

It depends on the situation.
If it is already dark, you can use 'こんばんは'.
But before that, 'こんにちは' is normal.


4. Greeting of よる

As we learned in this article, 'ばん' means 'night'.
You can use this greeting after it gets dark!


In the next article, let's study how we should say I, my, me, and mine!
I hope this article helps you study Japanese.
Thank you for reading!

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