ようこそ vs いらっしゃいませvs はじめまして

Now, I understand that this is probably the least important language question there is, but I want to get this right and have had differing feedback from a range of people about this.

I’ve been using, as a welcome GIF, a store clerk coming out behind a desk and saying welcome. The character says ‘Welcome!’ - appropriately. It was suggested to me that it would be better for her to say いらしゃいます, which given it’s a polite greeting given by a member of staff in a shop (as I understand it) seemed appropriate for the character. So I did some editing and voila, the GIF was changed.

I then had it suggested that since this is a forum, not a shop, it’s irrelevant what the character is and and she should instead be saying ようこそ, as it’s not welcoming somebody into a business, but into a larger entity. Not a place that belongs to the character, but that is a collective - I understand this to be appropriate for a blog or website.

Finally, as I was just done making that change, another suggestion was made that maybe はじめまして as a ‘nice to meet you’ would be more appropriate. Since I am now thoroughly confused and have made three different versions of the same original GIF, I have decided to throw it out to the larger community to offer their sage wisdom on.

よろしくお願いします!(

For you consideration, the three GIFS:

いらっしゃいませ

welcome

ようこそ

welcome 2

はじめまして

welcome 3

The GIF is not my original work, I believe it’s an animator who goes by Jin, I merely made the edits.

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Maybe hide them between behind collapsible sections so all three aren’t visible at once.

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it’s super satisfying when they’re all lined up and in time like that :open_mouth:

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Should have thought of that myself, thank you - done.

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until they go out of sync :\

seems to take a few loops, but it keeps hapening

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I guess I’ve sabotaged that… :sweat:

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What else to expect from a devious cat lamp :wink:

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To the actual question, I don’t think anything other than いらっしゃいませ (and variants) makes sense given that the gif is clearly of a shop clerk. By the way, the gif is correct, but you’ve been writing いらっしゃいます in your posts.

If you want to use one of the other phrases, you might need a new gif.

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That was my thinking; regardless of it being a welcome to the forum, it’s clearly a welcome FROM a character who is a clerk, coming out from behind a counter of a shop. Thanks, I’ve edited that, oops.

Yeah, there’s only so many characters it’s possible to fit in that speech bubble. At least I kept a PSD saved this time and didn’t merge down the text, so I can make changes for anything that does fit :stuck_out_tongue:

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kind of want to tag @prouleau here :eyes:

oop I just did

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Well I did say I was going to make a thread to ask opinions and they said it was a good idea, so…

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I usually use hajimemashite when introducing myself:
はじめまして tls です。よろしく。
…or something similar. So, I am making connection to someone (sorry for my bad English).

On the other hand, in one of the hostels I used to work some time ago, we used yôkoso to welcome travelers. We didn’t actually say it but we had a big poster with the term “welcome” in different languages. For Japanese we wrote ようこそ.

I’d focus on your intention. You’d like to welcome the new member to the forums? Maybe you introduce yourself to them as well and are happy to meet them? :slight_smile:

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I like the いらっしゃいませ one. :slight_smile:

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I feel like ようこそ would be the most appropriate wording to welcome someone to the forms, but because the gif is a store clerk, it feels more natural to see いらしゃいませ, imo.

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You already know this is my opinion but I’m going to emptyquote this anyways

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Thank you all ^-^

If support for that one continues, I’ll go all in :slight_smile:

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I agree that いらっしゃいませ fits the GIF best. Also, いらっしゃいませ fits the movement of the mouth best, I think.

Welcome translates to いらっしゃいませ and to ようこそ, and while ようこそ seems more appropriate for a welcome into a community, the GIF obviously is about coming into a store. This GIF with the message いらっしゃいませ conveys to me a feeling of ‘welcome, I am here to help’, which is a nice message to send to a new member.

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I like it described that way, yes. The point of a welcome message is both to say “hi, nice to meet you” but also “I’m here to help if you need anything” :slight_smile:

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For those following the saga, I’ve just done some additional work on the gif and given the greeting lady an appropriate apron!

Thanks to @denzo for pixelating some Crabigator art for me.

welcome gif - crabigator

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making is definitely overstating what I did, which was throwing a couple of filters over someone else’s art work

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