A common reason people want to know how to write ‘Welcome’ in Japanese is so they can welcome people to their blog, website or even on MySpace.
So how DO you write welcome in Japanese?
Depending on the situation,
- The most common and general way to greet others:
Romaji. Youkoso (pronounce “ou” as a long “ohhh”)
- To receive a delegation or group of important people, the most formal way of saying welcome:
Romanji. Kangei (pronounce “ei” as a long “ayyy”)
- To welcome customers stepping into a shop or into your house informally :
- To welcome customers stepping into a shop or into your house formally :
- “Welcome home”:
- “You’re welcome”, as a response to someone thanking you:
Romaji. Dou itashimashite
- To invite someone to eat or to enter a room or to take a seat:
Romaji. Douzo (pronounce “ou” as a long “ohhh”)
[Note: If you don’t see the word you want in any form, it’s because
1. There is no representing character for this word in Kanji.
2. This phrase is not written in Katakana because it’s not a foreign-word/ non-native-word/ borrowed-word.]
If you’re interested, here’s a video of the Twitter team saying ‘Welcome’ or “Youkoso”, as part of their launch of Japanese Twitter (twitter.jp). youtube.com/watch?v=MUIvNkwjk5A
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