How a simple sound can express something in Japanese

I think most people know that Japanese words tend to have many meanings, and different meanings just like English phrasal verbs. This happens because of the multiple ideograms and because the Japanese has only 109 syllables.

But there are occasions when only one syllable has different meanings, be it a particle, word or a sound expression. In this article, we will see some sound expressions of a maximum of 2 syllables that can express many things.

Using the sound え - e

Depending on the way you speak the syllable え you can indicate different expressions and meanings. If you use え in an intonation of doubt and question you may be trying to say:

  • What?
  • What did you say?
  • Hem?
  • How is it?
  • What is?
  • What is it?
  • What?
  • Pardon?
  • Which?
  • Which are?
  • Wow

If you have been using the え long type ええ you are agreeing (Unrum, yes).

If you use ねえ“nee” you can enter the following expressions:

  • hey
  • come on
  • we will
  • is so
  • tell me
  • what do you think ..;

Sometimes this expression is used 2 times in a row. The ねえ is also a particle that indicates: emphasis, agreement, confirmation request, etc.


Other expressions

Another thing that some don't know is that やあ! (yaa) and よう (you) can be used to say hi and hello. and わぉ (Wao) means “Wow !; Wow!". It is also common to use うん (un) and そう (sou) to say “yes; OK; unrum ”. Of course there are many expressions, do you know others? Comment there.