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Infographic: How to Express Regret in Japanese

These are phrases you need to know when you want to express your regret in Japanese.

Infographic: how to express regret in Japanese

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I didn’t mean it.
わたし、本気で言ったんじゃないのよ.
watashi, honki de ittan janai no yo.

I shouldn’t have told you.
あなたに言うべきじゃなかった.
anata ni iu beki janakatta.

It was a big mistake.
大きな間違いだったんだ.
ookina machigai dattan da.

I wish I hadn’t done it.
しなければよかったと思ってる.
shinakereba yokatta to omotteru.

No one regrets more than I do.
誰よりもわたしが一番残念に思っている.
dare yori mo watashi ga ichiban zannen ni omotte iru.

I didn’t do it on purpose.
意図的にやったんじゃない.
itoteki ni yattan janai.

I wish there was something I could do for you…
わたしに何かできることがあるといいのに…
watashi ni nanika dekiru koto ga aru to ii noni.


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Why did I do that?
何であんなことしちゃったんだろう.
nande anna koto shichattan darou.

I’m regretting it.
後悔してる.
koukai shiteru.

I didn’t mean to offend you or anything…
気に障るようなことを言うつもりはなかったんだけど…
ki ni sawaru you na koto o iu tsumori wa nakattan da kedo.

I made a terrible mistake.
わたしはひどい間違いを犯した.
watashi wa hidoi machigai o okashita.

I wish we had met earlier.
もっと早く会えばよかった.
motto hayaku aeba yokatta.

I didn’t mean for it to happen.
そんなつもりはありませんでした.
sonna tsumori wa arimasen deshita.

I wish I could do it over again.
やり直せたらいいのに…
yarinaosetara ii noni.

Why didn’t I think of it?
どうして思いつかなかったのかしら?
doushite omoitsukanakatta no kashira.

I regret telling you such a foolish story.
こんなバカバカしい作り話を聞かせたことを悔やんでいる.
konna bakabakashii tsukuribanashi o kikaseta koto o kuyande iru.

I shouldn’t have come here.
ここに行くべきじゃなかった.
koko ni iku beki janakatta.

I deeply regret that you did not trust me.
わたしを信用してくれなかったのは残念でならない.
watashi o shinyou shite kurenakatta no wa zannen de naranai.

I shouldn’t have said that.
あんなこと言わなきゃよかった.
anna koto iwanakya yokatta.

I wish I hadn’t lost my temper.
短気を起こさなければよかったのに.
tanki o okosanakereba yokatta noni.


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