How to say “Welcome” in Japanese

Audio file for how to say “welcome” in Japanese

Audio Notes

Pronunciation

ようこそ(youkoso)

 

Meaning

Welcome

 

Additional Pronunciation

ようこそいらっしゃいました(youkoso Irashai mashita)

 

NOTE

You may wonder what is the difference between ようこそ(youkoso) andいらっしゃい (irasshai) since they are used in the same sentence

Most likely ようこそいらっしゃいwas broken up and evolved into current form.

The difference?

ようこそ=welcome

いらっしゃい=It can also mean come over here

Thus linking the two becomes something like “Welcome to come over here” (Welcome to come all the way to our place)

Check out this post about いらっしゃい


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