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Words of Rejection in Japanese Posted by on May 16, 2014 in Culture, Grammar

So, this time around, I am covering some Japanese expressions to use when you want to reject something or someone.  How would you say, “Leave me alone!” in Japanese? or How about “None of your business!”? Well, you will find out below.

None of your business!   is expressed as ~

あなたには関係ない!(あなたには かんけいない!)-Anataniwa kankei nai!

(The word “Anata” is often used by women.)

お前には関係ない!(おまえには かんけいない!)-Omaeniwa kankei nai! (The word “Omae” is often used by men, and it doesn’t sound appropriate for women to use it. This expression sounds rather “rude” when used. Often used with authority. Sometimes, father might use “Omae” to his children when angry. )   Leave me alone! is expressed as ~ 私のことはほっといて!(わたしのことは、ほっといて!)- Watashino koto wa hottoite! (Again, the word “Watashi” is often used by women. Men also uses this expression when he has to refer himself more politely, such as at work places.) 俺のことはほっといてくれ!(おれのことは、ほっといてくれ!)Oreno kotowa hottoite kure! (The word “Ore” is often used by men. “Boku(僕、ぼく)” is often used by younger children. When a man refers himself using the word “Ore” to someone, it sounds authoritative. )

Go home! is expressed as ~ 帰ってちょうだい!(かえってちょいだい!)-Kaette choudai、 帰ってください (かえってください)-Kaette kudasai. (Kaette Kudasai sounds a bit more polite as the word “Kudasai” means “please” in Japanese. You can simply say “Kaette!” when you want the person to leave your place) 帰ってくれ!(かえってくれ!)- Kaette kure! (This expression is often used by men. You noticed that the ending “kure” is different from the one above.)   That’s enough! is expressed as ~ もう十分だよ!(もうじゅうぶんだよ!)- Mo jubundayo! もういいから!- Mo iikara! (This expression is used by both men and women.)   Stop it!  is expressed as ~ やめて!-Yamete! (often used by women. Note the ending where it ends with “TE(て)” This sounds more feminine.) やめろ!- Yamero! (often used by men. Note the ending. It ends with “RO(ろ)”) These expressions are short and easy to memorize, but, I sure hope that you won’t have to use them too often.

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Born and raised in Japan. She currently lives in U.S. with her husband and two kids.