Languages › Japanese All About the Japanese Word Sate Share Flipboard Email Print Mina De La O / Getty Images Japanese Essential Japanese Vocabulary History & Culture Japanese Grammar 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 January 02, 2019 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."