How to Say "Thank You" in Japanese, Formal, Informal and Casually

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Japan is a crowded country where the civil graces are highly valued.

Japan is a crowded but very civil place. When one of its citizens does something nice for you, like open a door or give directions, you must learn to thank them properly. In Japan, conveying "thanks" comes in multiple levels. To convey your appreciation without giving offense, you must match your expression to the boon that was given to you.

Instructions

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      The most formal way of saying "Thank You" in Japanese is:

      Domo - Arigato Pronounced: Doh-mo - ardei ga-toe

      Use this when someone gives a gift or goes out of their way to do something important for you, such as, makes a phone call for you when they don't have to; helps you to plan an event for you to attend; or pays for your dinner or anything that may cost them extensive time or money.

      For gift receiving, always combine your thanks with a bow.

      Do not use this term for an everyday "Thanks;" the receiver of the Domo-Arigato will feel that you have just over-thanked them.

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      An informal way of saying "Thank You" in Japanese is:

      Arigato. Pronounced: Ardei ga-toe

      Use this when someone is courteous to your needs and or performs a thoughtful gesture that requires a thanks.
      Example: Your are reading a map and trying to figure out where to go. Someone stops by to point you in the best direction. They did not have to stop by and assist in the situation, but did anyway.
      Example: You are on your way out of one of Japan's busy coffee shops. Someone stops you to point out that your cell phone is laying on the table. Look them in the eye and say "Arigato."

      Arigato is seen as a feminine term, used mostly by women to either sex. However, foreigners can use it in any situation.

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      The most informal way to say "Thank You" in Japanese is Domo. Pronounced: Doh-mo

      Use this for people who might open a door for you; to a clerk or to a taxi driver after a purchase; and for everyday good gestures and favors.

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