Hello everyone! 皆さんこにちは！
Today’s phrase is in honor of the New Year! In Japan the new year is one of the most important holidays. It has the same hype as christmas would in the west. Usually, people will get days off of work, you visit your family, and children even get money for presents. So it is super important to know how to wish someone a happy new year in Japan.
The most common phrase used formally is Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu. あけましておめでとうございます。(happy new year). A more casual way to say happy new year would be Akemashite omedetou. あけましておめでとう。
Some other phrases you will hear often during this time of year are:
I wish you will have a good new year. (used at the end of the year.)
- yoi otoshi o omukae kudasai. (formal)
- Yoi otoshi o! (casual)
Long time no see.
- Oshashiburi desu. (formal)
- Hisashiburi! (casual)
I haven’t seen you in a long time
- Gobusata shite imasu. (very formal)
To reply to ” ご無沙汰しています。” you would simply reply “こちらこそ” (Kochira koso) or “same here” in English.
I hope everyone has had a safe and fun new year! Try practicing saying Happy new years with your friends and family! Hope this is helpful to you all! Until next time! まったね！