How to say “Thank You” in Japanese

Thank you in Japanese
If you ever heard the Styx’s song Mr. Roboto you probably already know how to say thank you in Japanese, but here’s a few extra tips that will impress the next time you’re out for sushi.

Extra polite

Arigato is a very simple ‘thank you’ but it’s rather informal. If you want to be extra polite you should use Arigato Gozaimasu (ah-ree-gah-toh go-za-ee-mas). Think if it as a ‘thank you very much’.

Past tense

If you want to say thank you for something that a person has done for you – such as after a meal – you only have to change the Gozaimasu to it’s past tense form of Gozaimashita, making it Arigato Gozaimashita (ah-ree-gah-toh go-za-ee-ma-shi-ta).

If you want to take a listen to how it sounds, check out some everyday phrases here. The audio is in Real Player (ick!), but if you want a Real Player alternative I recommend the appropriately named Real Alternative.

And there you have it! Simple, eh?

Reprinted from Green Tea Design

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