What does “hajimemashite” mean?

hajimemashite

Q:  Hello, man I have a question. My japanese teacher tell me to say “Kon ni chiwa”   “Ha ji me ma shi te” but I dont know what the second line means, any idea?

A:  Hajime is the start of something, so hajimemashite is the greeting you use the very first time you meet someone.  It sort of means “nice to meet you”  but as I said is only ever used the first time you meet that person.  I always just wait for the other person to say it though because unless you are 100% sure you’ve never met before it can be very, very embarrassing to say it when you have met them as they are bound to  say “Errr, we have met before you know!” and be quite offended! :)

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