The basic word for "No" in Japanese is いいえ (iie):
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You will hear the word いいえ (iie) being used to make corrections, or decline help.
Ie, kekkō desu.
No thank you / I'm fine
No, I don't (know).
No, I do not speak.
Iie, chichi desu.
No, he's my father.
いいえ (iie) is commonly used in reply to "thank you", to mean "you're welcome" or "not at all".
いいえ、とんで も ありません。
Īe, tonde mo arimasen.
No, 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:
a little bit
No thank you / That's okay
You might also hear いえいえ (ie ie), literally meaning "no no", as a softer form of saying "no".
いえいえ、すっかり ながい して しまいました。
Ie ie, sukkari nagai shite shimaimashita.
No no, I've already imposed on your hospitality far too long.
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