世話

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term

Grade: 3

Grade: 2
on'yomi

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Noun[edit]

世話 (hiragana せわ, romaji sewa)

  1. care, looking after, help, favor
    世話 (せわ)になりました。
    Osewa ni narimashita.
    Literally, “I have been taken care of.” → “Thank you very much for everything.” / “I'm very obliged to you (for what you've done).”

Usage notes[edit]

Takes the formal prefix (o-) when talking to someone outside the group (which could be anyone else when the “group” is just oneself) about a favor done for someone inside the group.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9