I recently learned about both of them meaning "I intend/plan to..." but I don't know the difference between the two. Can someone explain?

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Do you understand the difference between an intention and a plan?

つもり is just your intention. You don't necessarily have a plan. Stating an intention doesn't mean you need to go through with it.

よてい is a plan. You've made a commitment to do something, with just yourself, with someone else, either way. Not following through on a plan suggests you're perhaps not someone who can be counted on.

On a scale of definiteness, it seems to me that


is the least definite;


sounds a bit more definite;


sounds definite.

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