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What is the difference between ARIGATŌ GOZAIMASU and ARIGATŌ GOZAIMASHITA?
Clarification of Question:
When your teacher lends you his book, you say "arigatō gozaimasu".
Then, when you return the book to your teacher, what would you say?
You say "arigatō gozaimashita."
Do you know when you say “arigatō gozaimasu” and “arigatō gozaimashita”?
* Arigatō gozaimasu.
When you say "thank you" right after you receive kindness or favor from someone, you say “Arigatō gozaimasu.”
* Arigatō gozaimashita.
When you say "thank you" for the action you appreciate is completely finished or is done a while ago. The part “gozaimashita” is the past tense of “gozaimasu”, so that’s why “arigatou gozaimashita”
is used for appreciating “done/past action”.
So, when you are offered a seat by someone, you say "arigatō gozaimasu". When you get off the train and you want to say "thank you" again to that person, you say "arigatou gozaimashita" because his favor was completed before.
More Examples:
When you host a party and say "Thanks for coming" to your guests when you welcome them at the beginning of the party, you say, “arigatō gozaimasu.”
Then, when the party is over and the guests are leaving, you say, “Arigato gozaimashita” to your guests.
One more example.
When you want to say “thank you for calling” when you receive a phone call from your client, you say “o-denwa, arigatō gozaimasu.”
Then, when you want to say “thank you for calling” at the end of the call, you say, “o-denwa, arigatō gozaimashita.”


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What Japanese learning question do you have?

September 17th, 2017 at 8:23 pm
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Hi Alexis,

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Cristiane (クリスチアネ)

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September 17th, 2017 at 6:13 am
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Thank you for doing this video.

Before, I thought that "gozaimashita" was used when you're very very very thankful for something. The most thankful you can be. Now you teached me the right way to use this two phrases. Arigatou!

January 5th, 2017 at 4:38 pm
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Rino san,


That is good.

Rafael san,


Thank you for your questions.

1. unfortunately, desu and da don’t make any sense in this case.

2. gozaimasu indicates a high politeness level.

3. if that is Watashi wa Rafael de “Gozaimasu”, the sentence is perfect.

Álvaro san,




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December 25th, 2016 at 12:11 am
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November 25th, 2016 at 12:35 pm
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Hi, Konniciwa!

I have a few questions:

1 - Instead of using [-Gozaimasu] can i use [-desu] or [-da]? for exemple "Arigatoudesu", "Arigatouda" or "Arigatoudeshita" in the past. Because from what i've read, "gozaimasu" means the same as "desu" is it right?

2 - Is there another situation that one should use "Gozaimasu"?

3 - Can it be placed at the end of phrases instead of "desu"? For exemple Watashi wa Rafael "Gozaimasu" (instead of desu ending).


November 15th, 2016 at 6:15 am
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Konnichiwa Hiroko,:smile:

Arigatou gozaimashita :grin:

now i know how and when to use arigatou gozaimasu and arigatou gozaimashita..

September 15th, 2016 at 4:23 pm
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konnichiwa! :smile:

I like it that you're trying to be polite! :heart:

I'd say 'arigatou gozaimashita' is correct to say when you leave the restaurant.

With that said, when I think of what I'd say in any shops and restaurants, I might use more

'arigatou gozaimasu' to thank them for their service which is continuously provided.

In restaurants, I always say 'gochisou sama deshita', not 'arigatou gozimashita/gozaimasu'.

In the restaurants, I think it's more common (and make more sense) to say 'gochisousama'

because this is the expression specifically to appreciate the food service.

So, you might want to try 'gochisousama deshita' next time you go to your sushi restaurant? :wink:

I'm sure they'll be very happy to hear that.

Natsuko (奈津子),

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September 7th, 2016 at 6:15 pm
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Hiroko, konnichiwa!

My apologies, but I am still a little confused.

Here is why.

I frequent a sushi restaurant near my office, which is run by a Japanese sushi chef, Kohei. Kohei has a Japanese server named Yoshi. In my efforts to learn more and be polite, I have been trying to ask Kohei and Yoshi about how to be polite, and they tell me that I should stick with arigato gozaimasu.

But, Yoshi told me about arigato gosaimashita, and explained that it is the past tense, for use after the thing being thanked for is completed. I started saying arigato gozaimashita when I left each time, because the meal was finished. Kohei always repeats whatever I say in Japanese to be polite, but I think he is too polite to correct me if I am misusing it.

In one of the comments, I see you suggested the present tense, gozaimasu, for ongoing interactions. Does this mean that it is actually appropriate for me to use arigato gozaimasu instead, since I return to this restaurant each week?

Many thanks for your help and your enjoyable teaching style.


August 8th, 2016 at 7:14 am
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Gena san,


That means ‘thank you.’:smile:

Yuki  由紀

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July 31st, 2016 at 10:25 am
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What is arigatou gozaimasho used for? I've heard it quite a few times now..