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 Japanese Language Expert B.A., Kwansei Gakuin University 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. our editorial process Namiko Abe 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! Cite this Article Format mla apa chicago Your Citation Abe, Namiko. "Expressing Emotions in Japanese." ThoughtCo, Feb. 16, 2021, thoughtco.com/japanese-exclamations-4077274. Abe, Namiko. (2021, February 16). Expressing Emotions in Japanese. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/japanese-exclamations-4077274 Abe, Namiko. "Expressing Emotions in Japanese." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/japanese-exclamations-4077274 (accessed October 16, 2021). copy citation Simple Japanese Phrases Japanese for Beginners Useful Japanese Expressions Conversation Openers and Fillers in Japanese Japanese Lessons: Grammar, Vocabulary, Culture How To Stress Syllables in Japanese Pronunciation Sentence Ending Particles in Japanese Frequently Asked Questions in Introductory Japanese Japanese Greetings and Parting Phrases How to Write Love in Japanese Kanji All About Radicals in the Japanese Language Verbs of Change: Naru 'Good Morning' and Other Common Japanese Greetings Expressions of Ability and Potential Verbs in Japanese What Does Iiyo Mean in Japanese? The Conditional "Nara" and the Song "Shiawase Nara Te o Tatakou"