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How to say "Thank you" in Japanese♪ (There's more to it than arigato!)


★ Phrases
・Thanks - ありがとう・arigato (casual)
・Thank you (present tense) - ありがとうございます・arigato gozaimasu
・Thank you (past tense) - ありがとうございました・arigato gozaimashita

・Thank you for the other day.
 この前は、ありがとう / ありがとうございました。
 kono mae wa arigato / arigato gozaimashita
 *you can also say "senjitsu wa" 先日は which is literally the other day

・Thank you for yesterday.
 昨日は、ありがとう / ありがとうございました。
 kinou wa arigato/arigato gozaimashita.

Words you can put in front of thank you to emphasize.
・本当に / honto ni (truly)
・どうも / doumo
 * originally "no way to say" now used as "thanks" alone or as an intensifier with arigato
・誠に / makoto ni (Truly, truthfully)
 very formal, usually used to customers in a business setting
 not used in casual conversation


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The information in this video is based on my own discoveries, thoughts, findings and research. Especially regarding historical information, there are variations depending on region and numerous theories and explanations that have evolved over the years. My channel is just one possible source of information on Japan you can refer to, not an encyclopedia 🙂

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