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Uki Uki NihonGO + Culture! - Lesson 13 - audience questions

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ウキウキ NihonGO! Lesson #13 Q&A Part 3

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Q.1 What kind of interesting and unique Japanese gestures are there?

Some of the gestures demonstrated in the video can communicate following ideas:
- "Me." (touching your nose)
- "No." (waving both hands)
- "No good." (making an X with fingers or arms)
- "Sorry." or "Please." (meeting two hands in front of your face)

Q.2 What is the meaning of どうも(doumo)?
どうも is a shortened version of various Japanese expressions, including:

どうもこんにちは。(Doumo konnichiwa. = Hello.)
どうもおひさしぶりです。/どうもごぶさたしています。(Doumo ohisashiburi desu. / Doumo gobusata shite imasu. = Long time no see.)
どうもありがとうございます。(Doumo arigatou gozaimasu. = Thank you very much.)
どうもすみません。/どうもしつれいします。(Doumo sumimasen. /Doumo shitsurei shimasu.)

It's a sort of an all-purpose greeting. It's convenient, but in business formal situations, it'd be preferable to use the full expression rather than just どうも(doumo).

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Music by: Soichiro Migita
ドキュメンタリー - Documentary
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