One of the cool things about Japanese is how the meanings of words change depending on the context that they are used in. One of those words is どうも (dōmo) and the best way to understand what it means is to see how it can be used. What does domo mean in Japanese? Check it out below!
Probably the most common translation is “thanks.”
When someone refills your drink at the table, or holds open a door for you, a quick どうも is a nice way to let them know that you appreciate their act of kindness.
But it can change its meaning when you combine it with other words. It changes to “very” when you combine it with ありがとう (arigatō), which is the more common word for “thank you.”
Thank you very much!
I’m sure when you hear that phrase you think “dōmo arigatō, Mr. Robato” right?!
It can also mean “probably” as in “it probably won’t work”
dōmo dame darō
It probably won’t work.
And I also recently learned that it can mean “hello” in certain situations.
dōmo o hisashiburi desu
Hello, long time no see!
dōmo konnichi wa
Like I mentioned before, it’s a very versatile word! You should definitely learn it and try it out!
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