Bradcat’s Japanese Word of the Week… Yōkoso

Bradcat’s Japanese phrase/word of the week is “yōkoso” (ようこそ) which means “Welcome!”

This is obviously used as a greeting. Let’s say for example you’re in the middle of a Japanese zombie apocalypse and you’ve taken a handful of survivors into your safe house. You could simply say “Yokoso!” as you let them in.

A safe house from Left 4 Dead

You’ve no doubt seen a similar phrase used in countless anime shows featuring maids, or even in real life maid cafés in Japan. This phrase is “okaerinasai goshujin sama” (お帰りなさいませ、ご主人様) and literally translates as “Welcome home master!”

totemo kawaii deshou?

Thanks to Bob Jones for today’s Japanese word. If you have a favourite word you’d like to see featured, please let me know in the comments!

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