JP1000 Introductory Lecture 02

Useful Expressions: ETIQUETTE

Thank you (very much). (Dòomo) arìgatoo | (gozaimas(u)/gozaimash(i)ta).
Thank you - I am indebted. (Dòomo) sumimasèn.
You are welcome./Not at all. Dòo itashimash(i)te.
Excuse me. Sh(i)tsùree shimas(u)/shimash(i)ta.
Excuse me! Chòtto sumimasèn!
I'm sorry. (Dòomo) sumimasèn/sumimasèn desh(i)ta.
No, thank you. (Mòo) kèkkoo des(u).
Please! Dòozo!
After you. Dòozo osaki ni.
Bon appetit! Itadakimas(u).
Cheers! Kanpai!
Thank you for a lovely meal. Goch(i)soo-sama dèsh(i)ta.
Thank you for the other day. Senjitsu wa dòomo.
I'm leaving. Itte kimasu.
Hurry back! Itte (i)rasshai.
I'm back. Tada ima.
Welcome back! Okaeri nasai.
Sorry to have kept you waiting. Omatase shimàsh(i)ta.
I'd appreciate your help. Yorosh(i)ku onegai-shimàs(u).
Thank you for everything. (Iroiro) osèwa ni narimàsh(i)ta.

Hints & Suggestions

Make it your habit to say 'Thank you' and 'Sorry' in Japanese. Do not forget bowing with the above expressions. Sayoonara is not very formal, so use sh(i)tsureeshimas(u) when you leave the classroom or office.
When you see the host or hostess any time after you are invited to their home, please make sure you say senjitsu wa doomo (arigatoo gozaimashita). They expect to hear it from you, so if you don't, they may wonder if you did not enjoy the food or their company. 
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