What word is used in other languages for thanks
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In Japanese, you can chose the level of politeness.
More Polite: Domou Arigato
Most Polite: Domou Arigato Gozimasu
You're right. Doumo is the shortened version of doumo arigato, which is in itself the shortened version of doumo arigato gozaimasu.
shukriya arksys. Urdu is really a sweet language.
go raibh maith agat The Examiner -1
Kia Ora jlpark. BTW, I am curious to know how to differentiate between different meanings of same word. Have you to change the expressions or body language to differentiate a"Hello" from "Thanks" or use a complete sentence.
Usually where +how it's used is how. Much like the English versions you use Thanks in one situation, and Hello in another! Kia Ora is informal hello too - there are much more formal greetings. I don't speak fluent Maori so thats all I can answer.
Does it not depend on which word or syllable is stressed?
On this particular word, no. Positioning in a complete sentence may make it obvious as to which use it is - at the beginning it's a greeting, in the body or end it's thanks. But Kia ora is said the same.
Oh. I only asked because I had heard of such usage occasionally in other languages.
No worries - I've heard the same. Not with Maori tho. Thanks for yr interest in it tho!
very interesting. merci beaucoup for the information Miss Crayola.