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Intro

Jessi:
Hi everyone! Welcome to Absolute Beginner Season 1, Lesson 3 - Show Your Appreciation in Japanese. Hello and welcome to JapanesePod101.com where we study modern Japanese in a fun educational format.
Naomi:
So brush up on the Japanese that you started learning long ago or stop learning today.
Jessi:
Thanks for being here with us for this lesson. ジェシーです。"I'm Jessi."
Naomi:
こんにちは!なおみです。And I'm Naomi!
Jessi:
If you listened to the last lesson, you should have been able to get all of that!
Naomi:
That's right. You learned how to introduce yourself.
Jessi:
And in this lesson, you'll learn how to say "thank you" and "you're welcome".
Naomi:
Very important phrases!
Jessi:
Mmm… Definitely. So now let's listen to a short exchange between two people.
Naomi:
Listen carefully to what they say.
Jessi:
Okay, let's begin!

Lesson conversation

A:
おみやげです。
B:
ありがとうございます!
A:
どういたしまして。
English Host:
Now let’s listen to it with the English translation.
A:
おみやげです。
Jessi:
This is a small gift for you.
B:
ありがとうございます!
Jessi:
Thank you!
A:
どういたしまして。
Jessi:
You're welcome.
KEY VOCABULARY AND PHRASES
Jessi:
So, the first person gave something to the second person, right?
Naomi:
Yes! おみやげ.
Jessi:
おみやげ. let's talk about what this is. If you look in the dictionary, it might say "souvenir," won't it?
Naomi:
Yes, but I think it's a bit different.
Jessi:
Right! I agree. In English, when we say "souvenir", it usually refers to something like a momento. Something you might buy for yourself to remind you of a certain place, something like that. But おみやげ is something you buy for other people, right?
Naomi:
Yes. When Japanese people go on a trip, it's a custom for them to bring back おみやげ from the place they went.
Jessi:
It's also a custom to bring a gift from your home country if you visit another country. So if someone visits Japan, or if a Japanese person goes to another country,- you can bet there'll be おみやげ!
Naomi:
Yes. Usually, the best kind of おみやげ is something edible.
Jessi:
That's right! A box full of little individual snacks is your standard おみやげ in Japan.

Lesson focus

Jessi:
In this lesson, you'll learn how to thank someone, and also what to say when someone thanks you.
Naomi:
In the conversation, one person gave another a small gift.
Jessi:
Right, the おみやげ that we just talked about. Let's look at what they said really quickly.
Naomi:
The person said おみやげです when handing over the small gift.
Jessi:
In the last lesson, we learned that [name] plus です means "I'm [name]". Instead of a name, we can also put a different word here, like the name of an object plus です.
Naomi:
When we do that, it means "It is [name of the object]".
Jessi:
We'll get into this more in Lesson 7, but for now, just know that the です here is the same as "it is" in English, so おみやげです means "it's a small gift".
Naomi:
Okay, now let's look at our two phrases for today.
Jessi:
The first phrase means "Thank you", and it's...
Naomi:
ありがとうございます。
Jessi:
ありがとうございます。Let's hear it one time slowly.
Naomi:
ありがとうございます。
Jessi:
And one more time at natural speed.
Naomi:
ありがとうございます。
Jessi:
This is made up of two parts, right?
Naomi:
Yes. ありがとう and ございます。
Jessi:
Now, a lot of people might know the first word, ありがとう.
Naomi:
Oh, really?
Jessi:
Yes! It's one of those famous words that even people who don't know any Japanese probably know. But what a lot of people don't know is that this word is very casual sounding!
Naomi:
That's very true. It is okay to use only ありがとう in certain situations.
Jessi:
For example, when talking to very close friends.
Naomi:
Sure, like ありがとう~。
Jessi:
Kind of like saying just "thanks!"
Naomi:
But, if you are thanking a stranger, someone older than you, or someone you should show respect to, please use the full phrase - ありがとうございます。
Jessi:
ありがとうございます。
Naomi:
ありがとうございます。
Jessi:
It may sound like a lot of syllables, so just keep repeating! Ok listeners, please repeat.
Naomi:
ありがとうございます。
[Pause]
Jessi:
Great! So now whenever somebody does something for you, or gives you something, you can say...
Naomi:
ありがとうございます!
Jessi:
Now, let's say that YOU are the one being thanked. For example, you give someone an おみやげ、a small gift, and that person says...
Naomi:
ありがとうございます。
Jessi:
What do we say in return?
Naomi:
どういたしまして。
Jessi:
どういたしまして。 Can we hear it one time slow?
Naomi:
Sure. どういたしまして。
Jessi:
And one more time at natural speed.
Naomi:
どういたしまして。
Jessi:
Okay. Listeners, please repeat.
Naomi:
どういたしまして。
[Pause]
Jessi:
Great! Okay. Now let's try using them together. Hmm, what can I give Naomi that she'll like? Ah-ha! Naomi, I brought you some おみやげ from the States, peanut butter cups! おみやげです。
Naomi:
ありがとうございます~
Jessi:
どういたしまして!
Naomi:
I love these (笑)
Jessi:
Oh good. Now let's try it with the listeners! Listeners, you give Naomi something that you think she'll like. Please respond to what she says! Okay. So now you hand over the gift...
Naomi:
ありがとうございます!
[Pause]
Jessi:
Did you get it? All together now.
Jessi and Naomi:
どういたしまして!
Jessi:
Okay, now let's switch! Now you're going to get a gift from Naomi. Imagine that she gives you one of your favorite food!
Naomi:
おみやげです!
[Pause]
Jessi:
Okay. All together now~ ありがとうございます!Hear that? That was the sound of everyone around the world thanking you!
Naomi:
どういたしまして(笑)
Jessi:
All right, do you have these phrases down by now?
Naomi:
Make sure to read to read the lesson notes PDF for even more information!

Outro

Jessi:
Listeners out there, if you ever have any lesson-related questions or feedback, leave us a comment or ask us a question on the lessons page.
Naomi:
It's easy to leave a comment.
Jessi:
Go to the lesson page on JapanesePod101.com, click on comments, enter your comment and name, and that's it. Commenting is a great way to practice reading and writing in Japanese. It helps you learn faster and your feedback helps us improve.
Naomi:
Go to JapanesePod101.com and leave us a comment.
Jessi:
And that’s going to wrap up this lesson. Thanks for listening everyone. ありがとうございます!
Naomi:
ありがとうございます!
Jessi:
Make sure to join us for the next lesson. Until next time.
Naomi:
Bye everyone!

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Welcome back everyone! How was Lesson 3? Let us know if you have any questions.

May 22nd, 2017 at 12:49 pm
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Hello Sheica,

Thank you for your comment.
It’s not rude, but more casual way to say thank you.
Feel free to thank your friends or children that way. :thumbsup:

Hello Rose,

Thank you for your question.
Please check the following video series focusing on Hiragana and Katakana:
https://www.japanesepod101.com/index.php?cat=47

We hope it helps.
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Rose
May 13th, 2017 at 1:07 am
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I have the pronunciations down, but I can never read the hiragana correctly. Is there anything I can do to memorize hiragana better?😅

Sheica
May 12th, 2017 at 11:38 pm
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Oh no! I keep saying Arigatou to everyone and I didn’t even know it’s rude without the gōzaimasu. I really want to thank this.

May 12th, 2017 at 11:24 am
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Kingshuk Paul
May 11th, 2017 at 5:10 pm
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You guys are the best! Arigato Gozaimasu 😁 I’m just 18 yrs old.. when i get a job and start earning money i will be sure to buy the premium pack.. my dream is to live in Japan

May 4th, 2017 at 4:00 pm
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Hi Andreas,
Thank you for the comment!

はじめまして、みきです。
よろしくおねがいします :smile:

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May 4th, 2017 at 11:42 am
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こんにちは、Ngoc yenさん
Thank you for the comment!

はじめまして。みきです。

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May 4th, 2017 at 11:26 am
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Hi Chloe,
Thank you for the comment!

That’s an interesting qestion :thumbsup:
You are correct and let me add that “iie” normally means “No”.
When it is used as “You are welcome.”, it would be translated “Not at all.” and it is a modest expression.

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Ngoc yen
May 3rd, 2017 at 2:39 pm
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こにちわ いぇんです・はじめまして

April 27th, 2017 at 12:48 pm
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Hello everyone,

@Ariahzi, if you have premium subscription, you will be able to download our PDF notes from this page. Click the tab called [Lesson Notes] to download the file.

@Charles M.

Thank you for your loves and your study. We have flashcards that you can use to check your vocabulary. Please click [Vocabulary] tab and add them to your flashcards. You can use the flashcards to test your vocab ability.

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