Hello is probably one of the most important words to know how to say in any language. Hello in Japanese is Konnichiwa.
To pronounce this correctly, let’s first break it down into syllables:
As you can see, you have four separate sounds.
The first sound, “Kon” is pronounced similar to cone in ice cream cone.
The second sound, “ni” is pronounced like knee in the phrase knee cap.
The third sound, “chi” is pronounced like chee in the word cheese.
The fourth sound, “wa” is pronounced like wa in the word water.
Now put all of the sounds together and gradually try to speed up your pronunciation of the entire word as you get more comfortable with it. Before you know it, you’ll have it!