No in Japanese: How to politely and properly decline invitations and offers without offending the other party (with examples!) | WeXpats Guide (2024)

Whether you’re simply declining something offered to you, or you have to explain why you can’t make it to an event or why you can’t accept something offered by a friend or colleague, it’s important to make sure you’re not being rude! Explore different ways to say no but thank you in Japanese.

Table of Contents

  1. How to Say No in Japanese
  2. How to Say No, (but) Thank Youin Japanese
    1. The Basic “No, thank you.” when Declining Something Offered to You
    2. Three Key Points to not Offend the Other Person when Declining Their Invitation or Offer
    3. How to Decline Invitations or Offers from Friends in Japanese (informal situations)
    4. How to Decline Invitations or Offers in the Workplace in Japanese (formal situations)
  3. Closing Advice

How to Say"No" in Japanese: It’s Not "No + Thank you!"

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Before we get into declining properly, we’ll briefly cover how to say no in Japanese.

はい (hai) means yes or correct in Japanese, and the opposite is いいえ (iie) which means no or incorrect.

[Fun fact: We also sometimes use いいえ to mean “No need to thank me” when thanked.

To read about other ways to say you’re welcome in Japanese, check out our article:
How to Say You're Welcome in Japanese - Don’t Default to Douitashimashite!]

For example, if someone asks a clarifying question such as

○○さんですか?(○○-san desuka?) - Are you (name)-san?

はい、そうです。(Hai, soudesu.) - Yes, that’s correct.

いいえ、違います。(Iie, chigaimasu.) - No, I'm not.

But we usually can’t use いいえ to decline an offer or invitation, so let’s take a look at the appropriate phrases to say “No, thank you.”

[To learn how to say thank you, check out our article:
Arigatou and More: How to Say Thank You in Japanese in All Types of Situations.]

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How to Say "No, Thank You" in Japanese

Unfortunately it’s not as easy as sticking together the word for “no” and the word for “thank you”. But there’s different ways to say “No, thank you” depending on the situation.

The Basic “No, thank you.” when Declining Something

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  • 大丈夫です。
    Daijoubu desu.

  • いいです。
    Ii desu.

  • 結構です。
    Kekkou desu.
    (The most formal of the three,)

All three can translate to “It’s okay/fine”. The funny thing is, it can be used to mean both “yes, it’s okay” and “no, thank you” depending on the situation so it can be confusing, even for native speakers. It’s helpful to wave your hands to clarify that you don’t need it.

You can use any of the three to mean “No, thank you” if you’re offered a bag or receiptat thestore, refill on water or tea at a restaurant, or a flier on the street.

Just be careful when it comes to tone, as if you say these brusquely, it can sound quite rude.

While the above three work for declining something quickly, usually offered by someone you don’t know, when it comes to turning down an offer or invitation by someone you know, the above is insufficient.

Three Key Points to Not Offend the Other Person when Declining Their Invitation or Offer

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Whether the person you’re declining is a friend, coworker or superior, it’s important to be polite. Polite doesn’t necessarily mean formal, but it means not offending the other person by the way you decline their offer. Here are some key points to keep in mind.

  1. Thank them for the invitation & apologize (or show that you feel bad) for being unable to make it

  2. Provide a reason

  3. Offer an alternative and/or make a future plan

This is to “soften” the fact that we have to decline in the first place. Whether your reason is true or if you intend to follow up on the future plan is of course up to you and the other person, but communication in Japanese is often about “saving face” and keeping the peace both for yourself and the other person in the moment, so it’s important to at least attempt to do all 3 steps to maintain smooth communication.

We’ll go into how to do all three of the above for each of the groups below.

How to Decline Invitations or Offers from Friends in Japanese (informal situations)

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For Invitations

Start with:

Sasotte kurete arigatou.
Thank you for inviting me.
Note: Add gozaimasu if you need to be a little more polite.

For the reason you’re declining, there are a variety of situations. With friends, it might be better to be honest.

Start off with 行きたいけど (Ikitai kedo) - I want to go but… (of course omit this if not applicable.)

  • その日に予定があって。。。
    Sono hi ni yotei ga atte...
    I have other plans on that day.
    Note: If you feel comfortable, you could tell them the plan.

  • 最近忙しくて。。。
    Saikin isogashikute...
    I’ve been busy lately.

  • ちょっと節約中で。
    Chotto setsuyaku chu de.
    I’m on a budget right now.

  • ○○ちょっと苦手で。。。
    ○○ chotto nigate de…
    I'm not really a huge fan of (blank).
    Note: This could be used for food, the type of event, even large groups of people 大人数 (ooninzuu)

Adding phrases like:

  • (行けなくて) ごめんね。
    (Ikenakute) gomenne.
    Sorry I can’t make it.

  • また誘ってね。
    Mata sasottene.
    Invite me again.

  • 来週 (来月) は どうかな?
    Raishuu (Raigetsu) wa doukana?
    How about next week (month)?

  • 落ち着いたら連絡するよ。
    Ochitsuitara renraku suruyo.
    I’ll contact you when things are calmer (aka when you’re less busy).

are all good options to close off with. You can even combine a few of them if applicable.

For Offers

This is when someone offers you something like food, or to help you.

  • 今は大丈夫。ありがとう。
    Ima wa daijyoubu. Arigatou.
    I’m okay for now. Thank you.

  • ありがとう。ちょっとダイエット中で。。。
    Arigatou. Chotto diet chuu de…
    Thanks. I’m kind of on a diet right now…

For offers, you don’t really need to make a plan for next time or apologize for declining (unless they’re offering homemade food), but thanking them is important.

All of the above, both for invitations and offers, can be made to sound a little more polite to be sent to acquaintances.

How to Decline Invitations or Offers in the workplace in Japanese (formal situations)

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For Invitations

If it’s a sudden invitation, such as to lunch or to drinks after work, you can always use:

Kyou wa chotto…
Today doesn’t really work…

Most people pick up that it’s a way to say no. (今日 can be substituted with 明日 (ashita - tomorrow) or the day of the week that applies.) If they press for details, you can explain why, such as

  • 予定があって。。。
    Yotei ga atte…
    I have plans…

  • 仕事が残っていて。。。
    Shigoto ga nokotte ite…
    I have work I have to finish up…

  • 体調が悪くて。。。
    Taichou ga warukute…
    My body isn’t in the best condition (I don’t feel well)…

Note that ちょっと (chotto), also used several times in examples above for the informal situations, is a very useful word! It both softens the fact that you’re declining but also shows that there’s a reason you can’t say yes without outright saying no.

There’s also polite but more firm ways to say that you won’t be joining, like:

  • 今回は遠慮させていただきます。
    Konkai wa enryo sasete itadakimasu.
    I will refrain from participating this time.

You can add this phrase to the end of your reason.

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For more formal invitations, it’s very important to show that you’re regretful that you have to decline.

Start with

Osasoi arigatou gozaimasu.
Thank you for the invitation.

Phrases like

  • せっかくですが。。。
    Sekkaku desuga。。。
    Unfortunately (although I appreciate the invitation/offer)...

  • 残念ながら。。
    Zannen nagara…

  • あいにく。。。
    Note: This is the most polite.

  • (すごく) 参加したいのですが。。。
    Sugoku sanka shitai no desuga…
    I (really) want to participate, but…

are important before stating your reason for declining, which may include:

  • 先約がありまして
    Senyaku ga arimashite
    I have a prior appointment/plan

  • 家族の用事がありまして
    Kazoku no youji ga arimashite.
    I have prior plans with my family.

Again you can use

  • 今回は遠慮させていただきます。
    Konkai wa enryo sasete itadakimasu.
    I will refrain from participating this time.

at the end of your reason.

Make sure to thank them and/or present an alternative.

  • またお誘いください。
    Mata osasoi kudasai.
    Please invite me again.

  • また声をかけてください。
    Mata koe wo kakete kudasai.
    Please ask me again.

  • 次の機会にはぜひ参加させていただきたいと思います。
    Tsugi no kikai ni wa zehi sanka sasete itadakitai to omoimasu.
    I’d really like to join the next time there’s an opportunity.

  • その日は難しいですが、○○はどうですか?
    Sono hi wa muzukashii desuga, ○○ wa dou desuka?
    That day doesn’t work for me, but how about …?
    (Note: You can always change “day” to “time (時間 jikan)”, and you can also offer an alternative time, day, week, month, etc.)

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When someone offers to do something for you, wants to give you a gift, or perhaps someone wants to give you something in a professional setting that would be inappropriate to accept (due to work or personal policy), then there’s a perfect phrase for you!

Okimochi dakede jyuubun desu.

This means “Those thoughts/feelings/consideration is enough for me.” or how we’d say “I appreciate the thought/consideration (and therefore a gift is unnecessary).”

There’s other variations on this phrase, including:

  • お気持ちだけで嬉しいです。(Okimochi dake de ureshii desu)
  • お気持ちだけいただきます。(Okimochi dake itadakimasu)
  • お気持ちだけ頂戴します。(Okimochi dake choudai shimasu)

but they mean similar things and can be used in the same way, the last one being the most formal.

If there’s a specific reason you have to decline, it’s best to tell them so, especially if this situation may come up again.

For example, if you’re offered food:

  • すみません、○○が苦手で。。。
    Sumimasen, ○○ ga nigate de…
    I’m sorry, I’m not too fond of (blank)…

  • すみません、今はお腹いっぱいで。。。
    Sumimasen, ima wa onaka ippai de…
    I’m sorry, I’m quite full now…

  • 十分いただきました。ありがとうございます。
    Jyubun itadaki mashita. Arigatou gozaimashita.
    I received plenty/enough. Thank you.

And thank them for the offer, perhaps by saying one of the phrases above.

Closing Advice

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It’s difficult to cover every single situation and reason you may have to decline, but we hope this article was helpful and a good launching point for declining offers and invitations in Japanese politely.

Your facial expression, tone of voice and gestures are also key in communicating that you both feel bad for declining and appreciate the thought, so make sure to factor that into how you speak to the other person.

And if applicable, make sure to invite the person or offer them something from time to time to show your appreciation in return!

Other articles you may be interested in:

  • Arigatou and More: How to Say Thank You in Japanese in All Types of Situations

  • How to say “Thank you for coming” and “Thank you for inviting me” in Japanese

No in Japanese: How to politely and properly decline invitations and offers without offending the other party (with examples!) | WeXpats Guide (2024)


How do you politely decline an invitation in Japanese? ›

With family and friends, you would want to use 無理 (muri), だめ (dame), and 出来ない (dekinai). These are primarily simple ways to disagree or decline while being indirect about the situation. For starters, 無理 (muri) is a literal word for “impossible,” a simple, casual way of declining an invitation.

How do you politely decline an invitation example? ›

Polite ways to decline an invitation

I am honored; however, I will not be able to attend because I have another engagement that day. Sorry, I will not be able to attend because I am occupied on that day. I appreciate your invitation, but unfortunately, I have a family meeting that will prevent me from attending.

Why don t the Japanese say no? ›

Even if Japanese people would like to say “no” in their mind, they are often afraid that the person they're speaking with might feel bad if they say so. So, typically they may pretend to go along with what someone has said to them. Instead, a “no” is communicated by gracefully avoiding a direct answer.

How do you politely end a conversation in Japanese? ›

The word “Sayonara” has a strong sense of finality to saying goodbye. If you end your conversation with “Sayonara”.

How do you not offend in Japanese? ›

Don't point. Pointing at people or things is considered rude in Japan. Instead of using a finger to point at something, the Japanese use a hand to gently wave at what they would like to indicate. When referring to themselves, people will use their forefinger to touch their nose instead of pointing at themselves.

How do you say no at the end of a sentence in Japanese? ›

Grammar detail: sentence ending particle の The particle の can be used at the end of a sentence as an informal alternative to か to indicate a question. の used in this way can follow a plain verb, an い adjective, or either a noun or a な adjective followed by な (i.e. as なの).

How do you say no without being rude? ›

Different Ways to Say No and When to Use Them
  1. I appreciate the offer, but I can't.
  2. I'm honored, but can't.
  3. I'd love to, but I can't.
  4. I appreciate the invitation, but I am completely booked.
  5. Thanks for thinking of me, but I can't.
  6. Regrettably, I'm not able to.
  7. You're so kind to think of me, but I can't.

How do you decline an invitation without an excuse? ›

“Oh, thank you so much for thinking of me! Unfortunately I won't be able to make it, but thank you for the invitation!” “Oh, that sounds lovely, but I won't be able to make it. But have a great time!”

How do you decline an invitation without saying why? ›

Newman gave some alternate responses you can use:
  1. “Thank you for thinking of me. I would love to be there, but can't.”
  2. “Wish I could, but it is not possible for me to attend.”
  3. “I'm already busy that day/evening/weekend.”
  4. “Oh, too bad for me. I'm going to miss all the fun!”
Dec 12, 2017

Is saying no rude in Japan? ›

Japanese Culture of Saying 'No'

The Japanese sincerely value etiquette and politeness and so they generally try not to use the word no directly as it can be perceived as quite harsh and rude.

What are 5 ways the Japanese avoid saying no? ›

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  • 5 Ambiguous expressions as 'NO' Here are some examples to show how Japanese turn down an invitation indirectly.
  • 1. ちょっと… (Chotto…) ...
  • 2. ううん (Uun) ...
  • 結構です (kekkou desu) ...
  • 大丈夫です (daijoubu desu) ...
  • 5. いいです (ii desu)
Jul 20, 2020

How do you end a friendly email in Japanese? ›

When finishing an e-mail, it is important to use the phrase “宜しくお願い致します。”, which can be roughly translated to “Kind/Best regards”. Japanese e-mails tend to be more structurally-focused than their Western counterparts, and it is important to leave a line between each new topic.

What is the most formal way to say sorry in Japanese? ›

One of the most casual and most frequently used words is "gomen" ごめん. You can make it more formal by saying "gomen-nasai" ごめんなさい or more friendly with "gomen-ne" ごめんね.

How do you make a Japanese sentence polite? ›

です (desu) です (desu) is commonly used in polite speech. It works like the present affirmative version of the verb 'to be' in Japanese. Since です (desu) is always placed at the end of the sentence, some people might have mistaken です (desu) marks the end of a sentence.

How do you politely decline something you don't want to do? ›

50 ways to nicely say "no"
  1. "Unfortunately, I have too much to do today. ...
  2. "I'm flattered by your offer, but no thank you."
  3. "That sounds fun, but I have a lot going on at home."
  4. "I'm not comfortable doing that task. ...
  5. "Now isn't a good time for me. ...
  6. " Sorry, I have already committed to something else.
Oct 3, 2022

What are 5 Japanese etiquette rules? ›

1. Basic Japanese Etiquette
  • 1- DO's. Be Polite. ...
  • 2- DON'Ts. Don't Bother Others. ...
  • 1- Greet Before/After Eating. ...
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  • 3- Make Noise While Eating Soup Noodles. ...
  • 4- Do Not Pour Your Own Drink When You're with Someone. ...
  • 5- Do Not Pay a Tip. ...
  • 1- At Shrines and Temples.
Jan 6, 2020

What are some do's and don ts of Japan? ›

Street etiquette
  • Dont walk while eating.
  • Hang on to your rubbish.
  • Don't count your change.
  • Don't bombard the geishas and maiko for selfies for your gram.
  • Don't blow your nose in public.
  • Know your way around the Escalator.
  • Be quiet on public transport.
  • Take your shoes off indoors.
Nov 16, 2022

Can you cuss in Japanese? ›

Technically there aren't really swear words as such in Japanese. Instead you'll find that most swear words in Japanese, or ways to swear in Japanese, are done by using more common words or phrases and adding a couple of words or changing the way you say them.

Why do Japanese say desu at the end of a sentence? ›

For i-adjective predicates, “desu” should be considered as the ending of the adjective's polite present tense form. This is because in informal Japanese, the i-adjective can be used alone as a predicate meaning “is [adjective]”, so the base adjective effectively includes the meaning of “is” within itself.

What does it mean to add yo at the end of a sentence Japanese? ›

The Basics. Particle よ is a sentence-ending particle — a type of particle that adds nuance or tone to a sentence. So, what nuance does よ add? It indicates that the speaker is offering new information or a new perspective to the listener. Or at the very least, it gives the impression that something new is being offered.

Why do Japanese people say Chan at the end? ›

Chan (ちゃん) expresses that the speaker finds a person endearing. In general, -chan is used for young children, close friends, babies, grandparents and sometimes female adolescents. It may also be used towards cute animals, lovers, or youthful women. Chan is not usually used for strangers or people one has just met.

How do you tell someone they are rude in a nice way? ›

Strategy 3: Be calm and assertive
  1. When you say… ...
  2. When you say things like that I don't want to continue the conversation.
  3. I need you to speak in a more respectful way.
  4. I am finding your words hurtful and I need you to consider my feelings.
  5. I will give you time to calm down. ...
  6. I find that really rude, and it's not okay.
Jan 16, 2019

How do you tell someone no without saying it? ›

Examples of how to do this include:
  1. Hmmm, interesting. Let me think about it, and I'll let you know.
  2. I won't have the time for a month or two. ...
  3. Those dates don't work for me. ...
  4. My calendar is already full, but if something opens up, I'll give you a call.
  5. I'd like to help you, but I don't know how.
Feb 24, 2020

How do you say no in an aggressive way? ›

Normally, I would say yes, but I have already committed to ________. Right now, I am saying no to all invitations (on this topic, at this timeframe, etc.). Here's why… I need to decline, but I do hope you'll keep me in mind for the future.

How do you respond when you are not invited? ›

It's best to have this conversation in person or by phone, Thomas said. Swann agreed: “With family, make a phone call. Let them know you were definitely not invited and you'd like to know if there was a reason you were left off the list.” Most of all, the experts said, avoid conducting this correspondence via email.

What does respectfully decline mean? ›

If you decline something or decline to do something, you politely refuse to accept it or do it.

How do you respond to a formal declined invitation? ›

Thank them for letting you know.

You might say, “Aw, that's a bummer, but I understand. Thank you for giving me a heads up,” or, “I appreciate you telling me ahead of time. I'm sorry you can't make it!” If they just declined on your e-vite but they didn't say anything to you, don't reach out to them to thank them.

How do you decline an invitation in your culture? ›

It sounds tricky but it's actually quite simple as long as you follow these guidelines.
  1. Thank the host. ...
  2. Apologise for declining. ...
  3. Explain why you can't attend. ...
  4. Offer another time to meet. ...
  5. Send a gift or card.

How do you politely decline a friend offer? ›

10 Advanced Ways To Refuse An Offer In English
  1. It's very kind of you, but… Say this to show you appreciate the offer. ...
  2. I appreciate the offer, but … ...
  3. It's very tempting, but … ...
  4. I really shouldn't. ...
  5. I can't this time. ...
  6. It's a great offer, but … ...
  7. Actually, I think I'm going to pass on it, if you don't mind. ...
  8. Let me sleep on it.

How do you decline a wedding invitation example? ›

“Thank you so much for the invitation, I really appreciate it and it means a great deal.” "I would love to attend, but I have prior commitments on that date." "We would love to celebrate with you but unfortunately, we can't make it work." "I've given it a lot of thought, and unfortunately, we won't be able to attend."

How do you uninvite someone without being rude? ›

Say something like, “I'm really sorry, but I'm just not comfortable with you being here. I think it would be best for everyone if you left.” If you feel comfortable with it, you can also explain to the individual why you want them to leave. Don't be rude, though; be straightforward yet polite.

What does Ara Ara mean in Japanese? ›

Ara ara (あら あら) is a Japanese expression that is mainly used by older females and means “My my”, “Oh dear”, or “Oh me, oh my”.

How do Japanese greet you? ›

In Japan, the most common gesture when greeting is a bow. The depth, length and style of bow depends on the social context (see below). Bowing takes place in many instances where handshakes would be common in the English-speaking West.

How do you say I love you in Japanese language? ›

#1: Ai shiteru 愛してる = I Love You (Deeply)

The word ai shiteru 愛してる is essentially the default phrase for "I love you" in Japanese.

What is a rude behavior in Japan? ›

Prolonged eye contact (staring) is considered rude. Don't show affection, such as hugging or shoulder slapping, in public. Never beckon with your forefinger. The Japanese extend their right arm out in front, bending the wrist down, waving fingers.

What do Japanese people say when they are annoyed? ›

Hara ga tatsu.”= I'm irritated. / I'm angry. This is one of the most common phrases that is used to describe general anger.

What does sumimasen chotto mean? ›

If you say [chotto sumimasen] someone is bound to help you out! If you find yourself in trouble, please stay calm, take care of the situation and do your best to overcome it.

Why are there 2 ways of saying 4 in Japanese? ›

You may have noticed that some numbers have more than one name. That's because 4 (し) and 9 (く) sound like the Japanese words for suffering (苦) and death (死). People in Japan will do all in their power to avoid these numbers.

What are the six codes of Japan? ›

The Six Codes in modern Japanese law

The first major legislation enacted in Japan was the Criminal Code of 1880, followed by the Constitution of the Empire of Japan in 1889, the Commercial Code, Criminal Procedure Act and Civil Procedure Act in 1890 and the Civil Code in 1896 and 1898.

What are 10 ways to say no? ›

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  1. I'm honoured but I can't.
  2. I wish there were two of me. . . ...
  3. Sorry, I'm booked into something else right now. . . ...
  4. Sadly, I have something else. . .
  5. No, thank you but it sounds lovely, so next time. . .
  6. I'm not taking anything else right now. . .
  7. Thank you so much for thinking of me, but I can't! . .
Apr 19, 2019

What does Kekkou desu mean? ›

Phrase in Japanese: Kekko desu 結構です

Students learning Japanese frequently get confused and misunderstand its meaning when they talk with us. Kekko desu 結構です is a politer and more humble variant of Ii desu いいです “That' fine.” It is used, for example, as a response to a request.

How do you respond to a Japanese invitation? ›

How to accept an invitation in Japanese: If you want to accept someone's invitation, you can say いいですね (ii desu ne), “that sounds great!”

How do you say yes no in Japanese? ›

The basic words for "yes" and "no" are はい hai and いいえ iie.

What is chigau in Japanese? ›

Another of the most common ways how to say no in Japanese is 違う (chigau), which means “different.” This phrase connotates disagreement with a statement given by another person. You would need to correct the fact too. Mostly, its use is similar to いいえ (iie), where you confirm if a statement is true or not.

What does Doko ni Iku no mean? ›

Where are you going?

What does atashi Mo mean? ›

Let me summarize them as follows. watashi mo – 私も (わたしも) : a phrase meaning 'me too' in Japanese. Japanese people often use it like an interjection to say “me too” in Japanese.

What is Keigo desu? ›

And, if you add a で de to the front (でございます de gozaimasu), you've got a keigo version of the all-important です desu. So, for example, the sentence: 今日は暑いですね。 Kyou wa atsui desu ne. It's hot today, huh?

How do Japanese express politeness in meeting or greeting a person? ›

Bowing is an essential part of Japanese custom to show respect, thanking, greeting or apology. In stead of shaking hands, we bow, and it depends on time and people how long and deep you bow. Generally men keep their hands in their side, and women put their hands together on their thighs with fingers touching.

How do you show respect to Japanese people? ›

Every where in Japan people bow to show respect to all people. The lower they bow the more respect they have for the person specially if the person is a high official. People bow upon greeting and upon leaving.

What do Japanese people do to show more respect while greeting? ›

In Japan, people greet each other by bowing. A bow can ranges from a small nod of the head to a deep bend at the waist. A deeper, longer bow indicates respect and conversely a small nod with the head is casual and informal. If the greeting takes place on tatami floor, people get on their knees to bow.

What does Bango mean in Japanese? ›

One of several Japanese words for “number” is 番号 (bangō). In everyday speech, for instance, we regularly use words like 電話番号 (denwa bangō, telephone number) and 口座番号(kōza bangō, bank account number).

What is Yokai desu? ›

Ryōkai is a word that means "comprehension" or "consent." It is often used as an exclamation in the following ways: by itself (ryōkai!), with the copula desu (ryōkai desu!), and with the past tense verb shimashita (ryōkai shimashita!).

What does Baka desu? ›

English translation: Are you foolish?

What does tai desu mean? ›

There are times when people don't want a material object but instead desire an action, like eating or buying. In such a case, "to want" in Japanese is expressed as "~tai desu". The basic sentence structure is "(someone) wa (something) o ~tai desu." Here are a few sample sentences: Watashi wa kuruma o kaitai desu.


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