JAPANESE WORDS THAT ENGLISH NEEDS, 5
Otsukaresama desu — A Japanese Expression of Appreciation that English Needs
An all-purpose word of thanks and respect
Each time I walk into the locker room at the indoor swimming pool, every woman I pass greets me with, not Konnichiwa, Hello, as one might think, but with Otsukaresama desu.
I reply in turn, Otsukaresama desu.
When seeing a woman cleaning a public place, I smile and say, Otsukaresama desu.