Languages › Japanese Expressing Emotions in Japanese Share Flipboard Email Print Michael H / Getty Images Japanese Japanese Grammar History & Culture Essential Japanese Vocabulary by Namiko Abe Namiko Abe is a Japanese language teacher and translator, as well as a Japanese calligraphy expert. She has been a freelance writer for nearly 20 years. Updated November 04, 2019 You will need quite a bit of experience in, and understanding of, a culture to speak Japanese naturally. If the proper expression does not come to mind instantly, it will sound like you are reading it. When you have a chance to hear the Japanese speaking, listen carefully to the way they speak as well as to their facial expressions. If you are interested in these exclamatory expressions, Japanese comic books (manga), which include many of them, might be good a resource to explore. Here are some of the widely used expressions. Remember that exclamations are used almost always in the informal style. A, Aa あ、ああOh. A, nagareboshi da! あ、流れ星だ！ Oh, that's a shooting star! Aree, Oya, Maa あれえ、 おや、まあOh my! Gee! Maa, kirei na nagame nee! まあ、きれいな眺めねえ｡ Oh my, what a nice view!("Maa" is used by women only.) E え What? E, Shigoto yameta no. え、 仕事やめたの｡What, you quit your job? Masaka! まさか！ No kidding! Masaka sonna koto ga aruhazu nai yo! まさかそんなことがあるはずないよ！ That can't be! Hee! へえ！Really! Hee, sore wa yokatta ne! へえ、それは良かったね！Wow, that's great! Naruhodo なるほど I see. Naruhodo, sou iu koto datta no ka. なるほど、そういうことだったのか｡I see, that's the way it was. Yare yare やれやれOh boy! Yare yare, nante koto da! やれやれ、なんてことだ！Oh boy, what a disaster! Continue Reading Frequently Asked Questions in Introductory Japanese Japanese Tanabata Festival of the Stars Gogatsu byou May Sickness How Much Do You Know About Spirited Away? Using Verbs of Change in Japanese How Do You Say "Happy Halloween" in Japanese? Ari no mama de - The Japanese version of "Let It Go" Ubasute yama - Learn from a Story What Is the Conditional "~Ba" Form in Japanese How Do the Japanese Celebrate the New Year? Most Common Sentence Ending Particles in Japanese Sentences (2) Useful Japanese Expressions Here Are Popular Japanese Conversation Openers Mother's Day: Haha no Hi How Sentence Ending Particles Express Emotions in Japanese Learning About the Japanese Particle for "To"