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Video:Learn Japanese: How to Say Thank You - Formal

with Ayaka Hills

Learning the Japanese formal phrase for thank you can be important for conveying respect when speaking Japanese. Here are a few different ways to say thank you in Japanese.See Transcript

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Transcript:Learn Japanese: How to Say Thank You - Formal

Hi, I'm Ayaka Hills of Hills Learning in New York for About.com. In this video, I'll be going over how to say thank you during formal situations in Japanese.

Say Thank You to Superiors in Japanese

>ありがとう (arigato) is the informal way of saying thanks. The phrase ございます (gozaimasu) or ございました (gozaimashita) can be added at the end of ありがとう (arigato) in more formal situations, like when you're addressing a superior like your boss, an elder, or a customer.

ありがとうございます (arigatogozaimasu)

Say Thank You for Past Deeds in Japanese

ありがとうございます (arigatogozaimasu) can be used to thank people for things that have been done in the present or the past. However, the phrase ございました (gozaimashita) as in ありがとうございました (arigatogozaimashita) is only used in the past tense.

So only use ありがとうございました (arigatogozaimashita) to thank people for things that have already been done. ありがとうございました (arigatogozaimashita)

Say Thank You After Purchases in Japanese

ありがとうございました (arigatogozaimashita) is typically used when a store clerk thanks a customer after a purchase, or when people at a restaurant thank customers who've finished a meal.

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