responding to 「いらしゃい」？
hi! is there a good or expected response to welcome greetings like「いらしゃい」 or 「ようこそ」besides ありがとう... something along the lines of, “it’s great to be here” or “thanks for making me feel welcome”.
i’m also wondering if there are different appropriate responses based on who you’re speaking to, say an old friend vs. a clerk (a stranger) in a department store vs. your boss vs. a little kid.
If you’re seeing your japanese clients, say ”失礼(しつれい)いたします。” with slight bow. This is a bit formal way.
If you’re seeing your close friends, say “よっ！”with putting your hand, fingers straight beside your face still. よっ means “hey!”. But this word is mostly used by men. Women will say どうも。
Sorry that I answered instead of Floomo... Floomo may have some other opinions.
Oh, and if you’re in Osaka, say まいど!
it’s short for 毎度(まいど)どうもありがとうございます。
*毎度(まいど)means “always/everytime ”
in other areas, どうもis good. どうもis short for どうもありがとうございます。or どうもいつもお世話になっております。
- いつもお世話になっておりますis kind of formal phrase you say to people when you see someone as a greeting in politeness. You’ll say it to someone you met at the first time even いつもmeans “always”.