I was talking with my japanese penpal and he wrote to me 精一杯頑張ってきますよ! after I wrote him おはようございます!お仕事頑張ってきてね! because he told me he was going to work. I don't know if there's an answer or not. In English of course I would not respond as there's no answer to "I'll do my best". But as we are talking in Japanese and not English, I would like to know if there's a way to respond or not.

  • How about just a 気を付けて? Or, since it's already mid-afternoon, and he probably won't check his phone/PC, お疲れ様? If he rather works too hard, maybe a 頑張りすぎないでね?
    – DXV
    Aug 28 '18 at 6:45
  • Thank you DXV, i finally send お疲れ様です. I think i may reconsider using a penpal to help with my japanese, i have the impression to be overwhelmed. I studied japanese for 3 years already and sometimes i don't know how to answer to what he says, it's very difficult
    – Laz22434
    Aug 29 '18 at 4:40

Usually I'd say it depends on the person's way of speaking, but here I feel like any reply would be "too much". At best, you can reply with a smiling face and keep it simple.

Other than that, if you really want to talk to him/her, you can change the topic, even though after this kind of conversation where there's not really much going on, it might feel like you're trying too hard to talk to him/her, and it'd end up being weird.

Or you can try to make a "joke" like "Lend me some motivation haha" and hopefully (s)he will reply with a more creative message...

But to be honest I feel like this kind of things is common to every language.

Edit: Now since some time has passed maybe you could send お疲れ様です as suggested (assuming (s)he has finished work) but that's not really part of the question since it'd be a completely different conversation

  • Thank you very much Loïc, finally i send お疲れ様です, which was fine!
    – Laz22434
    Aug 29 '18 at 4:37

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