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How do I refuse an offer or invitation in Japanese?

Just say Iie or No

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In Japanese, the direct expression for no is iie. However, most Japanese people know the English word no and are more likely to respect a direct refusal. In Japanese culture, refusal is often done out of courtesy and Japanese people will ask a few more times unless your refuse directly.

If you are looking for a more polite refusal, you can try Kekko desu (it's fine) or sore wa chotto (that's a little bit too much).

by KurtisW

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