It’s always fun to crack jokes with your friends. When you tell a joke, you probably say “just kidding” or “I’m kidding” after the joke.
We’ll share how to say “just kidding” in Japanese in this article.
Justina There are lots of phrases that mean “just kidding” in Japanese!
Atsuya We’ll also share about how to apologize when your joke was too much for your friend!
How to say “just kidding” in Japanese
When you want to say “just kidding,” you can say 冗談だよ(jodan dayo). 冗談 means joke. だ is an auxiliary verb for determining something. よ is a particle to suggest something others don’t know.
冗談だよ! literally means “it is a joke.” But Japanese people use this phrase to mean “just kidding!”
You can also say なんてね (nan tene) after saying your joke to mean "just kidding." なんてね is a short form of なんて言ってね . なんて is an adverbial particle to express an unexpected fact (or a joke). ね is a particle to soften your phrase.
なんちゃって (nan chatte) is another way to say “just kidding.” なんちゃって is also a short form of なんて言っちゃって. 言っちゃって is spoken grammar of the perfect form of 言う.
ウソだよ means “I'm just lying!” ウソ(uso) is lie in Japanese. だ is an auxiliary verb meaning to determine something. よ is a particle to suggest something others don’t know.
本気にしないでね (honkini shinaidene) means “don’t take it seriously.” 本気にしないでね consists of 本気にする and しないでね. 本気にする means to take something seriously. しないでね means to not do it.
How to apologize for your bad joke.
When you want to apologize to your friend for your bad joke, you can say ごめんね、言い過ぎた (gomenne iisugita).
ごめんね is a casual way to say “I’m sorry.” 言い過ぎた means “I went too far.”
It is fun to tell jokes but sometimes it hurts people’s feelings. If you notice that your joke hurts someone, let’s apologize honestly with this phrase.
- How to say "just kidding" in Japanese
冗談だよ (jodan dayo)
なんてね (nan tene)
なんちゃって (nan chatte)
ウソだよ (uso dayo)
本気にしないでね (honkini shinaidene)
- How to apologize for your bad joke
ごめんね、言い過ぎた (gomenne iisugita)
Yay! I won 1 million yen at the lottery!
I’ｍ sorry lol