Different ways to say “You’re welcome” in Japanese

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We know that in the Japanese language there are several ways to say thank you as arigatou. But have you ever wondered how to answer a thank you in Japanese? In this article we will look at different ways to say “You’re welcome” in the Japanese language.

Listening to an arigatou [ありがとう [the most polite and formal answer is to say douitashimashite [どう致しまして] which is as close as we get to “No problem” or “You’re welcome” english. The word douitashimashite literally means “I really didn’t do anything anyway, so don’t mind”.

The origin of the word douitashimashite can be explained as follows:

  • Dou [どう] comes from the expression donoyouni [どの様に] which means anyway;
  • Itashimashite [致しまして] comes from the verb itasu [致す] which is the keigo and educated form of the suru [する] verb which means to do;
Different ways to say "You're welcome" in Japanese

The douitashimashite expression also gives the idea of:

  • Anytime;
  • Of course;
  • Don’t mention it;
  • Not at all;
  • My pleasure;
  • Don’t worry;
  • No problem;
  • It was nothing;
  • It was a pleasure;
  • I’m happy to help;

Certain situations simply swallow the give and just say itashimashite [いたしまして].

Other ways to say “You’re welcome” in japanese

Although douitashimashite is the most formal and polite way to say “you’re welcome” in Japanese. There are several other casual or casual expressions to use with friends and even acquaintances. Let’s see a short list below:

PortuguêsJaponêsRomaji
it is I who should say so​こちらこそKochirakoso
No, no / no problem (informal)いえいえie ie
Nothing, anything just talkううん、いつでも声かけてuun, itsudemokoekakete
Don’t be so formal with me遠慮しないでenryoshinaide
I’m happy to help (between friends)助けになれて 良かったtasukeninarete yokatta
It’s my obligation (when answering a boss)恐縮ですkyoushukudesu
No problem, don’t worry大丈夫daijoubu
It was nothing, totally no problems全然zenzen
It was nothing [special] (informal and rude)別にbetsuni
It was nothing (between friends, can be rude)いいよiiyo

If you are among close friends, you can just say yes by using ha-i [はーい] or un [うん] and sometimes you can play games like kore takaiyo [これ高いよ] which means it will be expensive!

Different ways to say "You're welcome" in Japanese

We recommend that you take a good look at the situation before thanking you anyway, as depending on the situation or the person you are going to say “you’re welcome to”, you may seem rude according to the expression you use. You can make combinations like iie, kochirakoso (no, thank you).

You can also say nothing by saying thanks (arigatou) depending on the situation like buying in a store both people thank you. Sometimes you don’t have to answer anything either, just bend over and leave the room.

Always remember to smile on your face to make your words sound friendlier. Hope you enjoyed the tips in this article! If you liked share it with friends and leave your comments! どういたしまして!

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