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Japanese/Eng (English entry) Need help on "Thanks" explain please.
Can you explain to me which type of "thank you / thanks" is more formal than the other and informal? I am confused. I usually use number 1+2 1) ありがとう arigatou Thank you is for friendship level or casual --> Yes, we use it to close people to whom I don't use honoric in Japanese. 2) arigatou gozaimasu Thank you~more polite? --> Yes, it's more polite than ありがとう. 3) どうも (domo) Thank you is used from teachers to students? --> It can be used in this case but どうも is used in many cases. It has several meanings like "such, much, a lot" (thank you very much, so sorry), "something, a kind of"(something wrong). However, I think we use it like a kind of "enphasis" wothout thinking anything and sometimes it doesn't have the specific translation. For example, どうも、こんにちは would be translated "hi, there / hello".
3) what is domo arigatou? --> I think it means "thanks a lot / thank you so much" between close people and どうもありがとうございます is more polite. We use them very often.
I hope this was helpful.
"Arigatou gozaimasu / gozaimashita" are the most formal way to say "thank you" in Japanese, and I believe most informal one is "doumo" in those expressions.
By the way, "doumo" is also sometimes used as "hi" or "hello", but only when we speak (we hardly write "doumo" that way).
\ casual polite
thank you arigatou, doumo arigatou gozaimasu /
tyvm doumo arigatou arigatou gozaimasu / arigatou gozaimashita
If this is the first time for you to hear about "arigatou gozaimashita", take a look at :
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