What Does Matte Mean in Japanese?

Japanese Phrases

Wait is a word we often yell to catch someone who might be leaving a room or building, or if we are running to catch a bus or train.

The way you say "wait" in Japanese is Matte.

The more formal form of the word is  "Chotto matte kudasai."

Chotto means "a small amount/degree," and kudasai means "please."

This phrase can be used in many different ways where it's appropriate to say "wait a moment." For example, a shop keeper speaking to a customer in a more relaxed tone.

 


A much more formal way to say "wait a moment" is Shou-shou o-machi kudasai.

Pronunciation of Matte:

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Japanese Characters for Matte

待って。(まって。)

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