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Podcast 45: How to agree with people in Japanese

In this lesson you will learn how to agree with people in Japanese. Check out the example sentences and dialogues to learn how these phrases are naturally used by native Japanese speakers in conversation.

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Main Dialogue (Japanese)

A: 今日めっちゃ暑いよね。

B: だよね。

A: なんか、夏は好きだけど湿気が嫌い。

B: わかる、わかる。

A: 今年の夏は猛暑が続いたよね。

B: 本当だよね。

Main Dialogue (Pronunciation)

A: Kyō meccha atsui yo ne.

B: Da you ne.

A: Nanka, natsu wa suki dakedo, shikke ga kirai.

B: Wakaru, wakaru.

A: Kotoshi no natsu wa mōsho ga tsuzuita da yo ne.

B: Hontō da yo ne.

Main Dialogue (English)

A: It’s really hot today isn’t it?

B: Right.

A: So, I like the summer but I don’t like the humidity.

B: I know, I know.

A: This year’s summer heat has been extreme hasn’t it?

B: That’s true.

Extra phrases

Please note that you can listen to the example sentences in the dialogue-only audio file which is on our podcast feed. The podcast feed can be subscribed to by visiting the Learn Japanese Pod website.

1. そうだね– Sō da ne – That’s right.

The first phrase you should know is そうだねsō da ne or そうだよsō da yo which means that’s right or I agree. You can even shorten that to だよねDa yo ne, which is a casual way to agree with someone and means something like, “right?”. If you want to be more polite you would say そうですね Sō desu ne.

2. 僕もそう思う– Boku mo sō omou – I think so too,

This means something like, ”yeah I think so too”.

For example:

a. この試験は難しすぎ – Kono shiken wa muzukashi sugi

This test is too hard.

b. うん、僕もそう思う – Un, boku mo sō omou

Yup, I think so too.

3. 確かに- Tashika ni – Certainly / Absolutely

Here’s an example using 確かに:

a. あの映画超怖かったよね – Ano eiga chō kowakatta yo ne

That movie was so scary

b. 確かに – Tashika ni

It certainly was.

4. 賛成できる– Sansei dekiru – I can agree / I agree

This means that you can agree with an idea or you agree to doing something. For example:

そのアイディアは賛成できる – Sono aidia wa sansei dekiru

I can agree with that idea / I second that

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その提案は賛成できる – Sono teian wa sansei dekiru

I can agree to that plan.

5. 間違いない / 間違いなく– Machigai nai / Machigau naku – No doubt

This means something like without doubt, or no question about it.

For example:

a. 今日めっちゃ寒い – Kyō meccha samui

Today’s really cold.

b. うん、 間違いない – Un, machigai nai

Yup, no question about it.

6. もちろん – Mochiron – Of course

もちろん is used as an affirmative response to a statement someone makes.

For example;

a. 今日の晩御飯は簡単なものでいい?- Kyō no bangohan wa kantan na mono de ii?

Do you mind if we just do something simple for dinner tonight?

b. もちろん – Mochiron

Of course.

7. 当たり前じゃん – Atarimae jan – Obviously / That goes without saying

This phrase means something like obviously, that goes without saying or that’s a given.

Here’s an example:

a. 彼女の誕生日プレゼント忘れちゃだめだよ – Kanojo no tanjōbi puresento wasureccha dame.

You cannot forget your girlfriend’s birthday present.

b. 当たり前じゃん – Atarimae jan

Well, obviously

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