No in Japanese

How to say "No" in Japanese

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

いいえ

iie

No

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

いいえ,けっこうです

Ie, kekkō desu.

No thank you / I'm fine

いいえ、知りません。

いいえ、しりません。

Īe, shirimasen.

No, I don't (know).

いいえ、話せません。

いいえ、はなせません。

Iie, hanasemasen.

No, I do not speak.

いいえ、父です。

いいえ、ちち です。

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:

ちょっと

chotto

a little bit

難しいです

むずかしい です

Muzukashī desu

It's difficult

結構です

けっこう です

Kekkō desu

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、すっかり長居してしまいました。

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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