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DOMO, a versatile word

I hear lots of Japanese people saying DOMO. What does it mean?

DOMO is a word used to stress your feelings, but you can use it in other ways, too.

DOMO means "very". It's especially helpful when stressing appreciation or making an apology.

When you buy something at a store, store clerk would say "DOMO ARIGATOU", meaning thank you "very much".

You can also use DOMO as a greeting like "hello".

And just saying DOMO can mean a casual way of "thank you" like thanks.

The name of NHK WORLD's mascot comes from this word, DOMO.

Domo travels the globe to promote NHK WORLD, maybe even somewhere near you. Please remember his name, Domo!

You hear DOMO all the time in Japan. It can mean "very", "hello" or "thanks"… depending on the situation.

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