Translated by Takuya Erik Watanabe
Thank You! 7 Japanese Phrases To Express Your Gratitude
In this article we introduce seven different Japanese phrases you can use to express your thanks.
Written by Mayo Nomura
Express Your Thanks In Japanese!
Even if you don't understand Japanese, it's a good feeling to know how to express your appreciation in Japanese. In this article, we'll be introducing several phrases for saying "thank you".
*For how to read the pronunciations within the [ ], please check the following article: Japanese Basics: English In Japan And Japanese Pronunciation
1. Arigato gozaimasu! / Thank you!
This is a polite way of saying "thank you".
While traveling in Japan, this is probably the most basic "thank you" phrase you'll be using.
"Arigato" is for friends
"Arigato" is also a phrase that you will hear often.
This is a casual way of saying "thank you", usually used toward family, your partner and friends who are the same age or younger than you.
When expressing thanks to a stranger or person older than yourself, especially toward teachers or your seniors at work, you should definitely use the polite version: "arigato gozaimasu".
Most of the people you talk to during your trip will probably be strangers. For example, you should say "arigato gozaimasu" to shop or hotel staff.
2. Domo arigato gozaimasu / Thank you very much
[do:mo arigato: gozaimas]
This one is for the situations when you want to be even more polite.