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picking up a take out order

Postby Kuranado » Wed 02.04.2009 5:21 pm

konnichi wa, minna-san.
I ordered some take out from a local Japanese restaurant. When I arrived at the pickup window, I was stumped. Do I say "itadakimasu?" Or, since the meal is ready, and I am leaving, do I say, "gochisousama?" I was stumped, so i just said, "arigatou gozaimasu." Wasn't sure that was correct...should I have said "arigatou gozaimashite," since I was thanking them for something in the past, ie, for having prepared and sold me the food? Input welcome!
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Re: picking up a take out order

Postby furrykef » Wed 02.04.2009 5:27 pm

The past tense of "gozaimasu" is "gozaimashita", not "gozaimashite"; the -te form is something different (it's sometimes called the infinitive). Also, "minna-san" should be "mina-san". ^^;

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Re: picking up a take out order

Postby keatonatron » Thu 02.05.2009 8:07 am

"Gochisousama" is for when you have already eaten, so that wouldn't make sense.

"Itadakimasu" is traditionally said before eating, but it is also simply a polite way to say "Thanks for giving [it to me]" (The literal translation is simply "I [humbly] receive"), so it works in more ways than one because you are receiving something, and it is food you have not yet eaten.

Of course, unless it is a home-style meal that an obasan has cooked for you, it's a kind of wierd to say something as kind as this. They aren't giving you a gift, they are simply doing their job of making food.
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Re: picking up a take out order

Postby Kuranado » Sat 02.07.2009 4:15 pm

Thanks for the replies, I appreciate it!
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Re: picking up a take out order

Postby OitaFish » Sun 02.08.2009 9:22 am

I think any of those things would have conveyed your gratitude so you are probably safe with any of them but in that situation I just say arigatou. Also, I have noticed that some of my Japanese friends say doumo in similar situations.
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Re: picking up a take out order

Postby AJBryant » Sun 02.08.2009 4:15 pm

Heck, you can even use "サンキュー".
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