Casual Japanese Phrases: “Just Kidding!”

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Casual Japanese Phrases: “Just Kidding!” – Review Notes

Today we learned two casual ways to say “just kidding” in Japanese! In this review, we will go over what we learned and also learn some other ways to say “just kidding” in Japanese!

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How to say “just kidding” in Japanese:

just kidding

★ There are many ways to say “just kidding” in Japanese. Today, we learned two casual phrases you can use.

★ Just like in English, when using one of these phrases, you should say it directly after something you just said that was a joke.

nante ne

★ One way to say “Just Kidding!” in Japanese is: なんてね! (nante ne!)

nanchatte

★ Another way to say “Just Kidding!” in Japanese is: なんちゃって! (nanchatte!)

 

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Example situation from the video:

example 1

example 2

example 3

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Other ways to say “Just Kidding”

★ There are many ways to say “just kidding” in Japanese. Here are some other phrases you can use:

★ うそ!(Uso!) – this casual expression literally means “lie” but is used in the same way as the other phrases we learned today. Depending on the situation and intonation of voice, this can be used to mean many things.

★ 冗談ですよ。(Jōdan desu yo.) – this formal expression literally means “it’s a joke” but is used in the same way as the other phrases we learned today.

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Conclusion:

That’s it for today’s Japanese phrase lesson! If you have a question, leave a comment below!

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