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E-Learning Course | No. 12

[Q & A about Japanese] Part 1

Q.
Why do Japanese people say “Sumimasen(I’m sorry.)” when they say “Arigato(Thank you.)”?

A.
“Sumimasen” implies an apology. It can also be used to express gratitude. What we mean is our appreciation and apology for the time and effort spent in doing something for us. In some cases, it can have more than one meaning.

KEY: 
Japan has a fascinating and multifaceted culture. It is steeped in the deepest of traditions dating back thousands of years.
 
日本には魅力的で多面的な文化があります。何千年も前から続く深い伝統に彩られています。

 

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