Mastering the SA particle - さ

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Do you know the particle SA (さ)? It is often used by men to indicate a slight emphasis. It is impossible for you to live with Japanese people without hearing the さあ in the sentences. She wields great power and makes her sentences very rich. In this article, we will see details about its function and how to use it correctly.

We are not putting Romaji in our articles, this hinders learning, if you have not yet mastered the hiragana and katakana, we recommend studying.

Ways to use さ

Acting with a little observation, speaking with attitude and leaving a feeling of "whatever".

  • そう心配(しんぱい)することはない.
  • You don't have to worry about ..;

Using さ in an issue, showing a rebuttal, rebuke or guilt.

  • どう ​​して黙(だま)っているの?
  • Why do you keep silent?

Used at the end of the sentence to indicate an explanation of obvious facts. 

  • 彼女(かのじょ)はいないから、ダンスに行(い)かない
  • I'm not going to dance, because I don't have a girlfriend;

Showing that you are explaining what someone said.

  • (かれ)も行(い)くんだって.
  • He said he will go too;

Using さ when checking your judgment or giving an opinion, you are strengthening your feeling about it.

  • (おれ)にだってできるさ.
  • Even I can do that!

Used to show the feeling that you are trying to get the listener's attention.

  • でも,僕(ぼく),わかってるんだ.
  • But ... I ... I understand;

Using the particle さ at the beginning of a sentence is a way to answer something you don't know or care about.さ can also imply a “who knows…”

The particle さあ is the female version of the particle さ and is often used at the end of sentences as a colloquial version of the particle ね。


With a long study time you will get to practice and know the right moment to use the particle さ. Listen carefully to its daily use. The pitch and speed vary widely.

SAE particle さえ“same”

Taking advantage of the particle さ or さあ, let's talk about the particle さえ. Leave it implies (generally) positive emphasis, reaching evidence that something is greater than assumed. It can be followed by も (mo) for additional emphasis. Simply put, it can mean "Even", used to emphasize, "If" or "while".

  • さえ漢字(かんじ)けるか.
  • He can write kanji himself;

I hope these examples have helped you learn a little about the particle さ.


Source: japaneselevelup