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25 Phrases: How to Say “Thank You” in Japanese

Thank You

When it comes to “thank you” in Japanese, ありがとう is the most common phrase. However, there are a lot of other expressions to say “thank you” and you may choose one of them depending on situations. In this article, you are going to learn how to express your thanks in various situations.

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Expressing Your Thanks in Japanese with Proper Phrases

 ありがとう in Present, Past and Future Tense


Present ありがとう。
Past 昨日きのう / せんしゅう / このあいだ はありがとう。
Future ありがとう。


Present ありがとうございます。
Past 昨日きのう / せんしゅう / このあいだ はありがとうございました。
Future ありがとうございます。


In Japanese grammar, what determines the past tense is words such as 「昨日きのう yesterday」, 「せんしゅう last week」 and 「このあいだ the other day」, rather than 「~た」. For example, if your friend helped you with your homework last Saturday, you can say 「せんしゅうはありがとう」. Regarding the future tense, it is usually same as the present tense, but it may be better that you clarify why you say “thank you”. Let’s see the followings.

For something particular, How to Say “Thank You”

Verb + ~くれてありがとう (ございます)

つだってくれてありがとう (ございます)。
Thank you for helping me.
てくれてありがとう (ございます)。
Thank you for coming.
はなしかけてくれてありがとう (ございます)。
Thank you for talking to me.

Noun + ありがとう (ございます)

応援おうえんありがとう (ございます)。
Thank you for your cheering.
運転うんてんありがとう (ございます)。
Thank you for your driving.
さんありがとう (ございます)。
Thank you for your joining.

How to Say “Thank You” in Business Scenes

Thank you very much.
Thank you for taking time from your busy schedule the other day.
Thanks to you (Mr. Tanaka), we were able to succeed it.
We really appreciate for your (Mr. Sato) warm comment. 
I would like to express my gratitude.

To Friends, ありがとう in Japanese Slang










ここまでんでくれてありがとうございました。 Thank you for reading. Expressing your thanks is the beginning of communication. Let’s try to use the above phrases from today!

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