What do you say for "otsukaresama/gokurosama?

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Dec 8, 2008 08:29
I think some of you have just finished your JLPT.
I believe you could do your best. You must be looking forward to your result, you have to wait for it for over 2 months.
Anyway, otsukare sama deshita (お疲れ様でした) for studying for and taking the exam.

I'd like to hear your opinions.

I know well that there are not the appropriate English words for the following Japanese phrases.
#1. Otsukare sama desu. (お疲れ様です)
#2. Gokuro sama desu. (ご苦労様です)
#3. Yoroshiku onegai shimasu. (よろしくお願いします)

But they are essential in Japanese conversations, especially at work. It's not an exaggeration to say that you can't find any business e-mails without the phrase "Yoroshiku onegai shimasu".

What do you say in English in the case that Japanese say those phrases?
For example, your friend had studied very hard for his/her exam and just finished taking it. What would you call to him/her?
Or your co-worker had worked very hard and he/she finally finished it. What would you say to him/her?
Probably there are various ways to say. If you would tell me your ways in various situations, it would be great!