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This course is designed to provide you with the language skills and knowledge to enable you to get the most out of our visit to Japan. You will be surprised at how far a little Japanese will go. My name is Sachiko Nakagome, your language teacher and cultural guide throughout this introductory course. Now I know that four names can be difficult to remember. So I break down my name so that it leaves a strong impression on you. My first name is Sachiko which means happy child. My parents wanted me to be a happy child. Is that sweet? My last name is Nakagome, Na-ka-go-me which doesn’t really mean anything in particular except you write it with the characters for inside and include. So I was raised in Osaka and New York which explains why I talk so fast. My job is to help make your trip to Japan as enjoyable as possible. A few words here and there can really help you get around, get connected with the locals and share heartwarming experiences. I want you and everyone you encounter in Japan to have a great time.
So stay tuned to Sach and gambatte kudasai which means hang in there in Japanese. Now wherever your destination maybe, manners are must and in this respect, Japan is no different. So in our very first lesson, we will be taking a look at a phrase, there is no excuse not to bring with you to Japan. Again I will stress this over and over. A little bit of the language can go such a long way. In Japanese, thank you is arigatō, a-ri-ga-to-u. Let’s break this down by syllable. A-ri-ga-to-u. Now here it is again. Arigatō. Now similar to other languages, there are more casual ways and polite ways to express this phrase. Let’s start with you guess it the casual way. In Japanese, thanks is dōmo or arigatō but remember arigatō is quite often followed by gozaimasu which makes it very polite. Dōmo is actually an abbreviated form. Let’s take a look at dōmo.
Slowly it’s dōmo, do-u-mo, dōmo. This is a simplest and shortest way of saying thank you so there is no excuse for you not to know this. Again it’s dōmo. Can you repeat that? Dōmo. Great. It’s much safer to stick with arigatō gozaimasu or be even more polite. For those very special occasions when someone goes above and beyond the call of being kind. When someone is extremely generous or for any other time that you are extremely grateful, we have the following phrase. Dōmo arigatō gozaimasu, which is roughly equivalent to thank you so very much oh my my! Once again it’s Dōmo arigatō gozaimasu and if you notice, it’s all the phrases we covered put together in one sentence. Dōmo arigatō gozaimasu. Dōmo arigatō gozaimasu. Again it means thank you so much oh my my!
So let’s just recap here going from most polite to most casual. Thank you very much is Dōmo arigatō gozaimasu, Dōmo arigatō gozaimasu. Thank you is arigatō gozaimasu and the shortest, quickest, dirtiest way is dōmo. Again dōmo. There is no excuse for you not to know this. Okay so to close out today’s lesson, let’s practice what you’ve just learned. I will give you the English equivalent of the phrase and you are responsible for shouting it out loud in Japanese. You got that? I will give you a few seconds before I give you the answer. So good luck, gambatte kudasai which can also mean good luck in Japanese.
Okay here we go. Thank you. Arigatō gozaimasu. Arigatō gozaimasu. Next question. Thank you very much. Dōmo arigatō gozaimasu. Dōmo arigatō gozaimasu. And the quick and dirty way, thanks. Do-u-mo. Dōmo, DōmoAll right, that’s going to do it for today. See you later which in Japanese is mata ne.


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Hi everyone! Welcome to the second installment of the Survival Phrases series! Lets us know if you have any questions :)

August 21st, 2018 at 11:25 am
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Hi Josh,

Thank you for posting.

We hope you have a great trip to Japan 😄

The quiz section includes only the words and phrases from the Vocabulary section.

We will consider adding more phrases to the quizzes.

Let us know if you have any question regarding our lessons and material.



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August 15th, 2018 at 5:02 am
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Thank you for this track as I'm traveling to Japan in November and really want to have a better understanding of the language. However, I don't understand why in the quiz phrases that are not covered are included, such as "to be blocked," which was included in the Thank You lesson.

Thank you again.

July 9th, 2017 at 10:15 pm
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Hi Mahmoud Magdy,

Thank you for the comment!

I think "dōmo" is a very handy word.

It means "hi" "thank you" "thanks" "good bye" and so on. It sometimes sounds casual, or sometimes sounds mature.

When it is used as "thank you", it is a light way. If you appreciate something politely, you should say "arigatō" "arigatō gozaimasu"(more polite), or "dōmo arigatō gozaimasu"(the most polite).

Keep studying with JapanesePod101.com



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Mahmoud Magdy
June 30th, 2017 at 12:28 pm
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I heard in a lesson in the introduction that domo is kind of saying thanks in a humorous way . and it's always better to use arigatou .. is that true ?

April 23rd, 2016 at 10:58 pm
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Ruth M san,


Well…do you mean ‘today’s first lesson’?

‘Kyou no ichiban hajime no resson’?


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Ruth M
April 16th, 2016 at 8:02 am
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"Kyo no ressun wa,ichi de": (Eng.Todays first lesson::thumbsup:)

Hope i'll get that right,the structure in the sentence.:innocent::thumbsup:

ARIGATO GOZAIMASU!:thumbsup:MATA NE!:thumbsup::heart::thumbsup:

May 18th, 2015 at 11:38 am
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“thank you for helping me to locate a Japanese host” would be ‘ホストファミリーをさがしてくださってありがとうございました.’

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May 14th, 2015 at 11:30 am
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How would I say, in a note to my sensei, "thank you for helping me" or "thank you for helping me to locate a Japanese host." ありがとうございます。

April 14th, 2012 at 3:19 pm
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Hi Léon-vergile!

Thanks for your message :) Please enjoy the lessons!

April 10th, 2012 at 5:00 am
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