How to respond to a confession in Japanese
So let’s say you’re in the middle of a confession and you or the other party asked the infamous:
付き合ってください！ – tsukiatte kudasai!
And now the questioner is waiting for the answer.
Of course you could simply answer with „はい“ or „いいえ“ and a Japanese person would understand but that’s definitely not how Japanese do it. Most Japanese are not that frank with their feelings so they would always respond in an indirect way. So if you want to do it properly here’s how to do it …
Let’s start with the painful reply:
Reject a confession
No one wants to hear that, and I hope you won’t ever here that when you’re confession you’re love to someone but for the sake of completeness I will write it down:
ごめんなさい。 – gomenasai.
Accept a confession
That everybody wants to here, right? If he or she returns the feelings then the following phrases are commonly used:
お願いします。 – onegai shimasu.
or a bit more polite:
よろしくお願いします。 – yoroshiku onegai shimasu.
A simple and very casual way to agree would be:
いいよ！ – ii yo!
If the person is too shy to answer she/he would just hug the other person, or grab his/her hand.
Being indecisive about the confession
If a Japanese is interested in the other person but is thinking that they don’t know each other well enough, the Japanese would say:
友達から。 – tomodachi kara.
or more polite:
友達からよろしくお願いします。 – tomodachi kara yoroshiku onegai shimasu.
That means „Let’s start from being friends!“ It holds no negative meaning. It just says that the person has not made up her or his mind and there can’t decide right away. So if you getting this response to your love confession, give it all and make the other party fall head over heals for you!
Here are some Japanese love confessions for you to enjoy:
If you’re interested on how to ask a Japanese girl out, please refer to the following article:
How to ask a Japanese girl out
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