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How much do manners matter in Japan? Manners are everything and in this lesson, you will master several polite Japanese phrases. You are going to learn how to say thank you and I am sorry in Japanese and you will learn these phrases and more in three minutes.
So here are the three phrases? First we have ありがとうございます。 (Arigatõ gozaimasu.) thank you. Next we have すみません。 (Sumimasen.) excuse me. Here we have ごめんなさい。 (Gomen'nasai.) I am sorry.
So ありがとう。 (Arigatō) is a well known expression meaning thank you but there are more variations depending on the politeness level. First we have ありがとうございます。 (Arigatõ gozaimasu.) thank you あ、り、が、と、う、ご、ざ、い、ま、す。 (A, ri, ga, to, u, go, za, i, ma, su.) ありがとうございます。 (Arigatõ gozaimasu.) ございます (gozaimasu) increases the politeness level of the phrase.
Next we have すみません。 (Sumimasen.) I am sorry or excuse me. す、み、ま、せ、ん。 (Su, mi, ma, se, n.) すみません。 (Sumimasen.)
And the final phrase is ごめんなさい。 (Gomen'nasai.) I am sorry. ご、め、ん、な、さ、い。 (Go, me, n, na, sa, i.) ごめんなさい。 (Gomen'nasai.) So ごめんなさい。 (Gomen'nasai.) is a way to say I am sorry. So to review, here we have ありがとうございます。 (Arigatõ gozaimasu.) thank you. すみません。 (Sumimasen.) excuse me or I am sorry. ごめんなさい。 (Gomen'nasai.) I am sorry.
Time for Hiroko’s hints. See these phrases? Let’s shorten them. Ta-dah. First we have どうも。 (Dōmo.) thanks. Next we have ごめん。 (gomen.) sorry. Now be careful. These are informal phrases. So don’t use them with your teachers or in a business situation.
So どうも。 (Dōmo.) is short for どうもありがとう。 (Dōmo arigatō) and ごめん。 (gomen.) is short for ごめんなさい。 (Gomen'nasai.)
Let’s practice. First we have ありがとうございます。 (Arigatõ gozaimasu.) Next we have ありがとう。 (Arigatō) and finally we have どうも。 (Dōmo.) すみません。 (Sumimasen.) すみません。 (Sumimasen.) ごめんなさい。 (Gomen'nasai.) ごめん。 (gomen.)

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Thank you for this video series. I am brand new to the Japanese language. Hiroko writing out the approximate pronunciation in spaced English syllable increments helps me so much with trying to say the words out loud. I am still in the middle of learning Kana and this spreads up the speaking part for me. As soon, as I know all the Kana I wont need that crutch anymore.


ありがとございまです

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December 21st, 2020 at 07:01 AM
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Andrea さん

You can also check this lesson😄

https://www.japanesepod101.com/lesson/absolute-beginner-questions-answered-by-hiroko-10-sumimasen-or-gomen-nasai/?lp=173


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Andrea さん, here's the answer to your question:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MH0Cely8PnE&list=PLPSfPyOOcp3RjVxt80NOgiqDBq1xfjxa4&index=10

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September 12th, 2019 at 01:00 AM
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こんにちは。

I was wondering what the difference between すみません and ごめんなさい is. Since they have pretty much the same meaning, can we just use both or the one we prefer? Or is one used in some situations where you can't use the other one? 😄

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December 5th, 2018 at 07:09 AM
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Hi Vee Low,


Thank you for asking the question!

Japanese people are generally very polite and taught to be polite and show respect to elders at very young age. Maybe that's why people are expected to be polite.


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November 12th, 2018 at 11:01 AM
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Why is it so important to be polite in Japan?

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February 9th, 2018 at 10:42 AM
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Hi Giovana,

Thank you for your comment!


I feel "dōmo arigatō" expresses deeper gratitude than "arigatō", while "gozaimasu" is a matter of politeness.

Hope this helps you.


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