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In this lesson you will learn about Expressing Thanks.

domo arigato gozaimasu

[ Thank you very much]

Thank you very much - domo arigato gozaimasu.

Expressing Thanks – Japanese


As you may or may not know, Japanese are usually extraordinarily polite. They are also usually very accommodating and will often go completely out of their way to make you comfortable, provide you with assistance and show you Japan as they know it.

The Japanese emphasis on greetings is among the cultural differences between Japan and the West.

In any country, people greet friends and co-workers, but the Japanese take the simple greeting a step further with this simple rule: You should always thank your friend or co-worker for anything you have benefit.

The Japanese take great pleasure in people from other countries making the effort to communicate with them, so don't feel shy about trying out your Japanese. The more you practice, the easier it will get and the more you will be able to communicate with people.


Thank you (normal) - あ りがとう。[arigatou]

Thank you (more polite) - あ りがとうございます。[Arigatou gozaimasu]

Thanks a lot - どうもありがとう [Doumo arigatou]

Thank you very much - どうもありがとうございます Doumo arigatou gozaimasu

I really appreciate that. Thank you. - それをとてもかんしゃします。あ りがとうございます[ Sore o totemo kansha shimasu. Arigatou gozaimasu.]

I would like to express my gratitude - 感謝の気持ちを御伝えしたいのです [Kanshanokimochi o o tsutae shitai nodesu]

You are very kind. Thank you. - あなたはとても親切です。ありがとう。[Anata wa totemo shinsetsudesu. Arigatō.]

Thank you in advance. - よろしくお願いします。[Yoroshiku onegaishimasu.]


Giving thanks in Japan is an art form and one that can be hard to understand from a western perspective.  There are a number of times each year when the Japanese show their thanks by giving gifts.  They visit temples and shrines year round to say prayers and give thanks for their blessings and those that continue to been passed down to them via their ancestors. 





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