Word of the Day #26 – Yoiotoshiwo! (End of the Year Greeting)

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Today’s Word is: Yoiotoshiwo (良いお年を)

2013 is almost over. In Japanese, there are many kinds of end-of-the-year greetings. Some of them are really long and difficult to remember, but this is an easy and casual greeting you can memorize and use for friends!

“Yoiotoshiwo” is a short form of “Yoi otoshi wo omukae kudasai (良いお年をお迎えください).” It means “I wish you have a great New Year.”

The literal translation of the first part of the sentence is simply “good year,” so sometimes people get confused (even Japanese people do) whether it means to wish you have a great rest of the year, or wish you have a great new coming year. The correct answer is the latter. If you are in an informal conversation, it’s perfect to say “yoiotoshiwo,” but when in a more formal situation, make sure to use the complete sentence.

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