at the first meeting
Hajimemashite (How do you do? / Nice to meet you)
This phrase is only for the first time to meet. When you are told by somebody ‘Hajimemashite’, you can reply ‘Hajimemashite’ in the same.
Tell her/him your name
Watashi wa X desu. (I am X)
Watashi no namae wa X desu. (My name is X)
ask her/his name
Namae wa nan-desuka? (What is your name?)
O- namae wa? (Your name, please?)
Namae wo oshiete-kudasai. (could you tell me your name, please?)
tell her/him where you are from
Watashi wa America-jin desu. (I am American/ from U.S)
Igirisu kara kimashita. (I came from England) *’Igirisu’ means ‘England’.
Ask her/him if she/he is Japanese
Nihon-jin desuka? (Are you Japanese?)
Nihon-no-kata desuka? (Are you Japanese? *very polite)
*note; You can say ‘Nihon-jin’, when you only are talking about a Japanese person or people. When you talk about Japanese language, you should say ‘Nihon-go’.
Talk about your job
Watashi wa Ginko de hataraite-imasu. (I am working at a bank)
‘Ginko’ means ‘a bank’. You can replace it with your company name, place(address), buildings or facility, such as a school, shopping center, restaurant…..
Watashi no shigoto wa X desu. (My job is X)
Watahi wa X desu. (I am X)
Using these phrases, you can talk about your occupation, such as a lawyer, doctor, teacher, florist, cooker, engineer, programmer, manager……