All About the Japanese Word Sate

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The Japanese word, sate, or in Japanese characters, "さて" means "now," "so," "well" and "well then" depending on the context. Sate can be used as a conjunction or interjection.

Example Sentence

An example of sate in a sentence would be Sate, doushiyou. In Japanese letters, or kanji, the phrase would be written as:

  • さてどうしよう。

This sentence translates as:

  • What shall I do now?

Other Uses

The website Self Taught Japanese says there are also some alternative uses for sate. "The phrase “さて” (sate) and equivalent “さてっと” (satetto) have a similar meaning to “さあ” (here we go). While they can be used to get the attention of another person さて、やってみよっか (Well, let's try it), I more often hear this pair used when talking to oneself." 

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