VIDEO| Speakin’ Japanese lesson: Osewa ni narimasu

VIDEO| Speakin’ Japanese lesson: Osewa ni narimasu

by Shoji Kudaka
Stripes Okinawa

If you talk to a Japanese person on duty, especially for a business purpose, he or she would likely begin a conversation by saying “osewani narimasu,” which roughly means “thank you for taking care of me.”

This is a customary greeting commonly used over the phone, on email, or for in-person conversations.

Although it may sound odd to say such a thing at the beginning, but it can help you communicate smoothly. So, it’s well worth memorizing.

“Osewa ni narimasu.”

(“osewa/sewa– taking care/support, “ni” – a particle to support a noun, “narimasu/naru’ – become”

*Grammatically speaking, this phrase roughly means “I become the subject of your support.” 


OK, let’s get busy and see you in the next episode of Speakin’ Japanese!


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