How to say “You’re welcome” in Japanese


Nethra wrote in to ask:

I have been wondering how to say you’re welcome in Japanese.I have looked it up and tried asking other people, but nothing helped…
Thanks, nethra

Very simple, it’s どういたしまして = dou itashimashite

It is a bit of a mouth full, but worth remembering.

Or if you can’t get your tongue around it then a simple “It was nothing” is いいえ – iie – which literally just means “no”.  But make sure you stretch out the first いいいいいいいい sound and wave your hands about to mean “No, no, it was nothing at all” :)

Thanks for the question.

(Now how do you answer that?)

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