Expressing Approval in Social Media

Hi, there!
I guess you would have already introduced yourself in a Japanese speaking community in Facebook or other social media by now.

Now, the most easiest way to communicate with Japanese people is showing your sympathy, expressing approval or agreeing with somebody else. It's much easier than arguing something you can't agree, or explaining something they don't know. So, if you are not so confident in your Japanese level, start with these activity.

いいですね Iidesune

The most common expression for this purpose is "いいですね"(iidesune) which means simply "It is good.". You can reply with this expression to all the posts instead of tapping on "like" button in Facebook.

"It's not raining today."

"I ate a hamburger."

"I like Shinkai Makoto."

"desu" as in "Iidesune!" makes a sentence polite, so if you reply to your close friend or kids, just "いいね!"(Iine!)will be enough.

同感 Doukan

When somebody posted his or her opinion, "Iidesune!" is not wrong, but "Doukan desu." is more appropriate.

(Tedukawa Miyazakiya Shinkaiyorimo idaina sakkada.)
"Tezuka was a greater creator than Miyazaki or Shinkai."
(Doukan desu.)
"I agree."

As I wrote above, "desu" as in "Doukan desu" is a polite way. So when you speak with your close friends, you can omit "desu".

(Kiminonawa mitainaa)
"I want to watch the movie "Your name"."
"I agree."

However, when there is no opinion in a post, you can not use this expression.

"I watched the movie "Your name."."
"Doukan desu." (Wrong)
"Iidesune." (Correct)

たいへんですね。 Taihen desune.

"Iidesune" means "It is good.", as I wrote above, so apparently, you can not use this expression when you show your sympathy to a person who experienced something bad, such as losing their money, or catching a cold.
In that case, you can say 「たいへんですね」(Taihen desune) or "That is hard." literally.

For example,

「頭が痛い」(Atamaga itai) "I have a headache."

「お金がない」(Okanega nai) "I have no money."

「休みがほしい」(Yasumiga hoshii) "I want a day off." (I don't have day off.)

Cultural Note

In Japan, evaluating directly somebody who is superior is not considered polite.
For example, "You are a good teacher." is not recommendable even though it is a positive evaluation.
In this case, you can say "勉強になりました"(Benkyouni narimasita) or "I could learn a lot (from your post)." in stead of "Iidesune!".

This is all for today's post.
If you have any question, please don't hesitate to ask in a comment.
 In the next post, I will write on how to ask question.
Have a good day!


How To Introduce Yourself in Social Media.

In the previous two posts, I wrote how to find a Japanese group in Facebook, and how to read posts in those Japanese groups. Now, it's time to start posting. You don't know what to post? Then introduce yourself!

The Two Powerful Keywords

It is not difficult to introduce yourself in Japanese. Even if you are a total beginner, only two powerful keywords make it easier.

The first keyword is "よろしく" or "Yoroshiku".
Literally, it means "nicely". But it can carry various meanings, depending on the context, such as "Nice to meet you." or "Thank you in advance.". If it is your first post in a group, of course it means the former.

This is a perfect expression for young people like high school students to introduce themselves. But if you are an adult, you can make it a little more formal by adding "おねがいします" or  "onegaishimasu", which means "Please".

"します" (shimasu) in this expression is a polite form, but if you are trying to participate in a professional group, you can make it more humble expression, by using "いたします" (itashimasu) instead. Then, you can make yourself sound like a business person or more professional person.

The second keyword is "はじめまして"(Hajimemashite).
When you are in a Japanese speaking group, you may find other Japanese people using it. It means "The first time" literally, and it is often used in a self-introduction.  I don't recommend this expression in a casual situation, since it sounds a little formal, but you can combine this with "よろしくおねがいします" (Yoroshiku onegai shimasu) or "よろしく おねがい いたします" (Yoroshiku onegai itashimasu) in a more professional situation.

So, if you are teenager, try this version.

If you are an adult and going to participate a group which relates to your personal interest, I recommend this version.
"よろしく おねがい します。"
"Yoroshiku onegaishimasu."

If you would like to introduce yourself as a professional person, this is the best.
"はじめまして。よろしく お願い いたします。"
"Hajimemashite. Yoroshiku onegai itashimasu."

It is necessary to mention your name if you introduce yourself in person, but here, you are in a Facebook group, and your name is displayed to everybody. If your name is written in Japanese or English alphabet, maybe you can omit it.

Your nationality

If you can invest a little more time to build stronger relation among other members in a group, I recommend to include your nationality.

As I wrote in "Write your profile in Japanese.",  "人"(jin) is useful to mention your nationality. But it is not your profile here, so you have to make a sentence. Don't worry, it's very easy. Just put "です"(desu) after "人".

"A Canadian who is  learning Japanese."

"I am a Canadian who is  learning Japanese."

Sometimes, I see Japanese learners introducing themselves using "から来ました。". But it means "I came from (somewhere).", so it is wrong if you are still in the place mentioned in your introduction. If you don't have nationality of the country you live, then, you can say "〜に います。"('somewhere' ni imasu.) which means "I am in 'somewhere'.". 


"ハンガリーに います。"
"I am in Hungary."

"ベトナムに います。"
"I am in Vietnam."

"コソボに います。"
"I am in Kosovo."

"エジプトに います。"
"I am in Egypt."

Appreciating for the acceptance

This is not necessary for groups where you don't need to send a request to join, but if you do, I recommend you to include your gratitude for the acceptance.

The casual way is like this.
"承認 ありがとう。" (Shounin arigatou.)
"Thanks for the acceptance."

If you would like to use polite form, it will be like this.
"ご承認 ありがとう ございます。"

And for the more professional situation, I recommend this version.
"ご承認いただき ありがとうございます。"

"承認" means  (You guess it.) "acceptance".  When you put "ご" before the noun, you can make it more formal.

Finally, suppose you are Hungarian who are accepted to any professional group where their common language is Japanese. Then your self introduction will be following.


OK, this is all for today. 
Thank you for reading to the end of the article.

But please note, that only reading my post will not improve your Japanese. Do not forget to post your self-introduction to any Japanese groups. I wrote how to find them in my previous post, but if you can't find a group yet, try "The Japanese learning community."

And please share your experience in the comment. I hope you can start your new life in a Japanese speaking group. Good luck!