Bradcat’s Japanese Word of the Week… Arigatou

Bradcat’s Japanese phrase/word of the week is “Arigatou” (ありがとう) which means “Thank you”

You’ve probably heard this phrase a million times in TV shows, movies, and songs. 
However most people pronounce it incorrectly. Similar to “Konnichiwa” where the emphasis is on the “N” being held which a lot of people miss, with “Arigatou” the focus is on the “R” which is more of a soft “L” sound. Try touching the roof of your mouth ever so slightly as you pronounce the “R” to make it sound a lot more natural.

There are also words you can add to change the meaning of the “thank you”:

Domo arigato (どうもありがとう) Thanks a lot.

Arigatou gozaimashita (ありがとうございました) To say thanks for something that’s been done for you.

Arigatou gozaimasu (ありがとうございます。) A very formal way of saying thank you.

So let’s say for example you’re in the middle of a zombie apocalypse in Japan, and someone smashes a zombie’s head, just as it was about to take a bite out of your arm. You could turn round and say…

“Sore o koroshite kurete arigatou gozaimashita” which means “Thank you for killing it!”

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