The One Million Meanings of Yoroshiku

 
Last week we learned different ways to say "Nice to meet you!" in Japanese. And the star of the show was yoroshiku onegaishimasu.

But yoroshiku isn't just for the first time you meet someone. It has a million different uses.

Let's look at the main different meanings of this magical, multipurpose Japanese word.


1. Yoroshiku means "Please!"


Yoroshiku, as we learned last week, is used when meeting new people, and means: "please be kind to me", "please look favourably upon me."

初めまして。アメリーです。よろしくお願いします。
"Hajimemashite. Amerii desu. Yoroshiku onegaishimasu."
Nice to meet you. I'm Amelie. Please be kind to me. 

2. Yoroshiku means "Thank you!"


As well as please, yoroshiku means thank you.

Specifically, it means thank you in advance. Said when giving someone work to do:

とじまり、よろしくね。
Tojimari, yoroshiku ne.
"I'll leave you to lock up. Thanks."

娘をよろしくお願いします。
Musume o yoroshiku onegaishimasu.
"Thanks in advance for taking care of my daughter."

3. Yoroshiku means "Hi!"


This is one of my favourites. This "yoroshiku" means "regards", like "send my regards to so-and-so", or "say hi to so-and-so", or even "send my love to so-and-so":

お父さんによろしくお伝えください。
O-tou-san ni yoroshiku o tsutae kudasai.
Please send my best regards to your father.

お姉さんによろしくね。
O-nee-san ni yoroshiku ne.
Say hi to your sister for me.


What's your favourite use of yoroshiku? Did I miss any out? Let me know...yoroshiku ne!

How Do You Say "Nice to Meet You" in Japanese?

How Do You Say "Nice to Meet You" in Japanese?

Hurray! You've met another Japanese-speaking person. Time to introduce yourself.

But how do you say "It's really nice to meet you" in Japanese? The first phrase you'll want is:

はじめまして。

Hajimemashite.

"Nice to meet you"

Hajimemashite (almost literally) means "we are meeting for the first time". So you can only use it the first time you meet someone.

Read More