Daily Japanese Expressions: Okaeri / Tadaima

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PuniPuni Japanese Lesson 15: Welcome home – Review Notes

Today we learned two common daily Japanese expressions, ただいま (Tadaima – I’m home) and おかえり (Okaeri – welcome home). In this review, we will learn a little more about these expressions as we talk about how they are used.

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Number 1:

Tadaima means “I’m home” in Japanese.

Tadaima actually is a shortened version of the original expression “tadaima kaerimashita,” meaning “I just came home.” The literal translation of tadaima is actually “just now.”

Of course in English it would be weird if we said “just now” when we came home, but in Japanese this expression really means “I just came home” or “I’m home.”

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Number 2:

Okaeri means “Welcome home” in Japanese.

Okaeri nasai is the longer, formal version of okaeri

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Conclusion:

Tadaima and okaeri are very common Japanese greetings. The order in which they are said does not matter. If you watch a lot of anime or Japanese dramas, you are likely to here these phrases and more like them! Next time you are watching your favorite show, try to notice if they are using these phrases!

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おかえりなさいませ!ご主人様♥
(Okaeri nasaimase! goshujinsama♥)

This phrase means “welcome home master.” You can hear this phrase a lot in anime about maids! This anime is called 会長はメイド様!(Kaichou wa Maid-sama!) If you watch this show, you will definitely hear this phrase!



Kaichou wa Maid-Sama!

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