The first thing that is taught in typical English classes is almost always the formal version of the language. I learned the same kind of formal Japanese in my first Japanese language classes before going to Japan.
But do you know what happened when I made some real Japanese friends? I didn’t understand them! I had to learn to speak casual Japanese, as opposed to the formal version. The good thing was that my friends and co-workers were really kind and helped me learn how to speak casually.
The thing about English is that even in “formal” situations, English speakers use pretty casual spoken English. Casual and normal spoken English is important to know for U.S. business if you want to build working relationships.
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Today I want to give you better, friendlier and more casual options for the commonly taught (but RARELY used) phrase, “Thank you very much.” I will be your patient American friend and teach you some other more common phrases you can use instead of "Thank you very much."
Read on to learn more commonly used ways to say “thank you very much,” so that you don’t sound like a formal old business man who never smiles:
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