Expressions of thanks are, of course, essential in Japanese, perhaps even more so than in other languages.
As well as the oft-used “arigato”, we are going to show you the different ways to ask for things politely and how to say thank you in Japanese.
A small nod to complement expressions of thanks is often welcome, without necessarily performing a bow unless the person you are talking to is someone important.
How do you say please in Japanese?
- お願いします onegaishimasu: please/ you’re welcome
- お願いいたします onegai-itashimasu: please/you’re welcome (more formal)
- ー下さい – kudasai: please, following a question
- どうぞ douzo: you’re welcome
How do you say ‘thank you’ in Japanese?
- ありがとう (ございます) arigatou (gozaimasu): thank you (very much)
- どうも doumo: thank you, usually in response to “dozo” (you’re welcome)
- サンキュー sankyu: it sounds like the English thank you – mainly used by young people
- 大きに ookini: thank you (in the Kansai regional dialect)
- お世話になりました osewani narimashita: thank you for your help
- すみません sumimasen: thank you while apologizing
As a bit of a joke you could say that March 9 is ‘Thank you Day’ in Japan because 3/9 is pronounced “san kyu” in Japanese!
How do you say ‘you’re welcome’ and ‘no thank you’ in Japanese?
- どういたしまして dou itashimashite: it’s nothing / you’re welcome
- いいえ iie: you’re welcome, used among friends
- 結構です kekkou desu: no thank you