No in Japanese

How to say "No" in Japanese

The basic word for "No" in Japanese is いいえ (iie):

You will hear the word いいえ (iie) being used to make corrections, or decline help.

いいえ (iie) is commonly used in reply to "thank you", to mean "you're welcome" or "not at all". 

In Japan, it's very common to avoid saying "no" outright as it would be rude to refuse someone. So, you might hear these words instead as a polite way of refusal:

You might also hear いえいえ (ie ie), literally meaning "no no", as a softer form of saying "no".

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