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Infographic: How to Complain in Japanese

These are phrases you need to know when you want to complain about something in Japan.

Infographic: how to complain in Japanese

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That’s not fair.
そんなのフェアじゃないよ.
sonna no fea janai yo.

Stop treating me like a child.
子ども扱いしないで.
kodomo atsukai shinaide.

You’re being rather rude, you know.
あなた、ちょっと失礼よ.
anata, chotto shitsurei yo.

Don’t be mean.
意地悪しないで.
ijiwaru shinaide.

What is the meaning of this?
これは、どういうことですか?
kore wa, dou iu koto desu ka.

It is most unjust.
そんな事は、とても正しくないです.
sonna koto wa, totemo tadashikunai desu.

What’s wrong with that?
そのどこが悪いの?
sono doko ga warui no.

There’s no need to take that tone with me.
私に八つ当たりする必要はないよ.
watashi ni yatsuatari suru hitsuyou wa nai yo.


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I think you’re being a bit unfair.
それって、少し偏見じゃないかしら.
sore tte, sukoshi henken janai kashira.

You’re unbelievable, you are.
君って、すごいよ、まったく.
kimi tte, sugoi yo, mattaku.

I expected better of you!
あなたがもっとしっかりしなければ!
anata ga motto shikkari shinakereba.

Why did you have to make it so difficult?
なぜ、あんなに難しくしたの?
naze anna ni muzukashiku shita no.

You really shouldn’t have said it.
あんなこと言うべきじゃなかったよ.
anna koto iu beki janakatta yo.

You are being very offensive.
ずいぶん失礼なことを言うのね.
zuibun shitsurei na koto o iu no ne.

Why didn’t you lie?
どうして嘘つかなかったんだ?
dou shite uso tsukanakattan da.

This is not like you at all.
あなたらしくもない.
anata rashiku mo nai.

I am disappointed in you.
あなたにはがっかりだ.
anata ni wa gakkari da.

I don’t like anything about this whole affair.
どのみち、こんなことはなにもかもが気に入らない.
donomichi, konna koto wa nanimokamo ga ki ni iranai.

It didn’t work that well, though, did it?
でも、うまくいかなかったようじゃないか?
demo, umaku ikanakatta you janai ka.

Why did you have to hit me?
どうしてたたいてきたの?
dou shite tataite kita no.

There’s no need to sound so disappointed.
そんなにがっかりした声を出さなくてもいいじゃないか.
sonna ni gakkari shita koe o dasanakute mo ii janai ka.


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