How do I refuse an offer or invitation in Japanese?

Just say Iie or No



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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