Polite Japanese words

After today’s free Rocket Japanese lesson you’ll be able to say "thank you" in Japanese, "excuse me", "sorry", and use other polite Japanese words and phrases with confidence. 

A little can go a long way when you’re a beginner, and the Rocket Japanese team wants you to feel comfortable around native speakers right from the start. We’ll show you the difference between formal and informal expressions, so you can be sure you’re using the right tone for the situation.

How to pronounce polite Japanese words correctly

すみません

Sumimasen...

Excuse me. (formal)

あの

Ano...

Excuse me. (casual)

しつれい します

失礼します

Shitsurei shimasu.

Excuse me. (very polite)

ごめん なさい / すみません

Gomen nasai / Sumimasen

Sorry / Excuse me (apologetic)

それは おきのどくに

それはお気の毒に

Sorewa okinodokuni.

I’m sorry about that.

おいそがしい ところ、 しつれい しました

お忙しいところ、失礼しました

Oisogashī tokoro, shitsurei shimashita

Thank you for your time, sorry for disturbing you. (formal)

Polite Japanese women

いそがしい とこ、 ありがとう

忙しいとこ、有難う

Isogashī toko, arigatō

Thanks for your time. (casual)

どうも ありがとう ございます

どうも有難う御座います

Domo arigatō gozaimasu.

Thanks a lot.

とても かんしゃ して います

とても感謝しています

Totemo kansha shite imasu.

Many thanks.

どう いたし まして

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Dō itashi mashite.

You’re welcome

ご しんせつ に どうも

ご親切にどうも

Go shinsetsu ni dōmo.

That is very kind

しんせつ に ありがとう

親切に有難う

Shinsetsu ni arigatō.

How kind of you. (casual)

ありがたい です

有難いです

Arigatai desu

I am grateful to you

Listen carefully to the audio and practice saying the Japanese phrases aloud – you’ll have these mastered in no time! Just as in your native language, speaking to Japanese people in a polite manner will win you friends and gain you respect, so it’s worth making the effort!

That’s it for today’s lesson.

If you want more lessons on Japanese salutations then I recommend that you check out the following:

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Sayaka Matsuura
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