Japanese Phrases: Congratulations

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Japanese Phrases: おめでとう (omedetō) – Review Notes

Today we learned how to say congratulations in Japanese! We also learned some Japanese phrases that use this word. In this review, we will learn more ways that this phrase is used.

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The Japanese word for congratulations is おめでとう (omedetō).

In formal situations, you should say おめでとうございます (omedetō gozaimasu).

In Japan, they have 入学式 (nyūgakushiki) – an entrance ceremony for new students.

When someone enters a new school, you can say 入学おめでとう (nyūgaku omedetō) – Congratulations on entering the school.

A more formal way to say it is: 入学おめでとうございます (nyūgaku omedetō gozaimasu).

卒業 (sotsugyō) means graduation in Japanese. To graduate is 卒業する (sotsugyō suru)

When someone graduates you can say: 卒業おめでとう (sotsugyō omedetō) – Congratulations on Graduating!

A more formal way to say it is: 卒業おめでとうございます (sotsugyō omedetō gozaimasu).

結婚 (kekkon) means marriage in Japanese. To get married is 結婚する (kekkon suru)

When someone gets married you can say: 結婚おめでとう (kekkon omedetō) – Congratulations on getting married!

A more formal way to say it is: ご結婚おめでとうございます (gokekkon omedetō gozaimasu).

誕生日 (tanjōbi) means birthday in Japanese.

誕生日おめでとう (tanjōbi omedetō) means Happy Birthday in Japanese.

A more formal way to say it is: 誕生日おめでとうございます (otanjōbi omedetō gozaimasu).

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Additional Ways to Use おめでとう:

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明けましておめでとう(ございます

Akemashite omedetō (gozaimasu)

Happy New Year!

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合格おめでとう(ございます)

Gōkaku omedetō (gozaimasu)

Congratulations on Passing (e.g. exams)!

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就職おめでとう(ございます)

Shūshoku omedetō (gozaimasu)

Congratulations on your new job!

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(ご)出産おめでとう(ございます)

(go)shussan omedetō (gozaimasu)

Congratulations on your new baby!

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2 comments

  1. Hello! I don’t know the “ご” prefix as mentioned in “go shussan omedetō”. I only know the honorific “お” prefix. Is there a link between them? Thanks for the effort you put in your website. I love it!

    Comment by 眼鏡 on 05/02/2014 at 4:49 pm
  2. They are very similar. They both have the same function, but which one you use depends on the word. (◕ω<)☆

    Comment by PuniPuni on 05/07/2014 at 6:02 am

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