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Useful Japanese Expressions

Useful Japanese Expressions

Many of which we’re sure you’ve heard – and maybe some new one thrown in for good measure:

ArigatoThank you

DomoThank you, not as polite as arigato. Domo and arigato can be combined (“domo arigato”) and then become a more polite form of thank you

Domo arigato gozaimasuA very polite form of thank you, said while engaged in an activity. One can also say “domo sumimasen”

Domo arigato gozaimastaAnother very polite form of thank you, said after the meal or activity has concluded


Hai “Yes”

Konichiwa Literally “this afternoon” but colloquially meaning “hello” or “good day”

Oishii“Yummy” or “Delicious”

OmakaseColloquially meaning “Chef’s choice” and pronounced “oh-mah-kah-seh,” this style of dining essentially offers the chef the choice of what to serve you based on what he feels best represents his skills and what is available at that time

Gochisou-sama deshita – “It was a feast!” (This is most commonly used term. Many non-Japanese speakers say “Domo Arigato” which means “Thank You”. But, Go-Chi-Sou-Sama- De-Shi-Ta is a more proper way saying “Thank you”)

Oishikatta desuwhich means “it was delicious” (less commonly used)


Oaiso KudasaiPlease give me the check

SumimasenExcuse me, Sumimasen is also used when expressing a feeling of gratitude