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”.


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?”)


「 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.”)


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.