iie – いいえ

 いいえ (“i-i-e”; “No”)

Now that you’ve learned the word for “Yes”, it’s time to learn “No”.

いいえ(i-i-e)
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In English, “no” can be used to mean the absence of something (“no way”, “no doubt”), or just to respond negatively to a question asking for confirmation. In Japanese, the word いいえ(i-i-e) is only used for the latter. For example:

「 あなたはジョンですか?」(“’a-na-ta wa jon de-su ka?”; “Are you John?”)

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「 いいえ、私はジョンではありません。」(“’i-i-e, wa-ta-shi wa jon de wa a-ri-ma-sen.”; “No, I am not John.”)

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This is using not only what we learned in today’s lesson, but what we previously learned (〜ではありません(de wa a-ri-ma-sen); “is not”).

PRACTICE: Use いいえ (i-i-e) and  〜ではありません (de wa a-ri-ma-sen) to negatively respond to a question asking for confirmation.