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In this lesson you will learn how to agree with people in Japanese. Check out the example sentences and dialogues to learn how these phrases are naturally used by native Japanese speakers in conversation.
Main Dialogue (Japanese)
Main Dialogue (Pronunciation)
A: Kyō meccha atsui yo ne.
B: Da you ne.
A: Nanka, natsu wa suki dakedo, shikke ga kirai.
B: Wakaru, wakaru.
A: Kotoshi no natsu wa mōsho ga tsuzuita da yo ne.
B: Hontō da yo ne.
Main Dialogue (English)
A: It’s really hot today isn’t it?
A: So, I like the summer but I don’t like the humidity.
B: I know, I know.
A: This year’s summer heat has been extreme hasn’t it?
B: That’s true.
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1. そうだね– Sō da ne – That’s right.
The first phrase you should know is そうだねsō da ne or そうだよsō da yo which means that’s right or I agree. You can even shorten that to だよねDa yo ne, which is a casual way to agree with someone and means something like, “right?”. If you want to be more polite you would say そうですね Sō desu ne.
2. 僕もそう思う– Boku mo sō omou – I think so too,
This means something like, ”yeah I think so too”.
a. この試験は難しすぎ – Kono shiken wa muzukashi sugi
This test is too hard.
b. うん、僕もそう思う – Un, boku mo sō omou
Yup, I think so too.
3. 確かに- Tashika ni – Certainly / Absolutely
Here’s an example using 確かに:
a. あの映画超怖かったよね – Ano eiga chō kowakatta yo ne
That movie was so scary
b. 確かに – Tashika ni
It certainly was.
4. 賛成できる– Sansei dekiru – I can agree / I agree
This means that you can agree with an idea or you agree to doing something. For example:
そのアイディアは賛成できる – Sono aidia wa sansei dekiru
I can agree with that idea / I second that
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その提案は賛成できる – Sono teian wa sansei dekiru
I can agree to that plan.
5. 間違いない / 間違いなく– Machigai nai / Machigau naku – No doubt
This means something like without doubt, or no question about it.
a. 今日めっちゃ寒い – Kyō meccha samui
Today’s really cold.
b. うん、 間違いない – Un, machigai nai
Yup, no question about it.
6. もちろん – Mochiron – Of course
もちろん is used as an affirmative response to a statement someone makes.
a. 今日の晩御飯は簡単なものでいい？- Kyō no bangohan wa kantan na mono de ii?
Do you mind if we just do something simple for dinner tonight?
b. もちろん – Mochiron
7. 当たり前じゃん – Atarimae jan – Obviously / That goes without saying
This phrase means something like obviously, that goes without saying or that’s a given.
Here’s an example:
a. 彼女の誕生日プレゼント忘れちゃだめだよ – Kanojo no tanjōbi puresento wasureccha dame.
You cannot forget your girlfriend’s birthday present.
b. 当たり前じゃん – Atarimae jan