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Infographic: How to Reject Someone in Japanese

These are phrases you need to know when you want to reject someone in Japanese.

Infographic: how to reject someone in Japan

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Let’s just start out as friends.
友達から始めましょう.
tomodachi kara hajimemashou.

I’m in love with someone.
好きな人がいます.
suki na hito ga imasu.

I already have a boyfriend.
わたしには彼氏がいます.
watashi ni wa kareshi ga imasu.

Sorry, I’m already seeing someone.
悪いけど、付き合っている人がいるんだ.
warui kedo, tsukiatte iru hito ga irun da.

I can only think of you as a friend.
あなたのこと、友達としか思えない.
anata no koto, tomodachi to shika omoenai.

I can’t go out with you.
あなたとお付き合いはできない.
anata to otsukiai wa dekinai.

I love you as a brother.
わたしはあなたをお兄さんのように好きだわ.
watashi wa anata o oniisan no you ni suki da wa.

My heart is another’s.
わたしの心は別の人のものなんです.
watashi no kokoro wa betsu no hito no mono nan desu.

I won’t be able to make you happy.
僕ではあなたを幸せにできない.
boku de wa anata o shiawase ni dekinai.


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I don’t think I’m the right person for you.
わたしはあなたにふさわしくないと思います.
watashi wa anata ni fusawashikunai to omoimasu.

I couldn’t give you all of me.
僕は自分のすべてをきみに挙げられないんだよ.
boku wa jibun no subete o kimi ni agerarenain da yo.

I want to focus on my job so I can’t go out with you.
仕事に集中したいのでお付き合いはできません.
shigoto shi shuuchuu shitai node, otsukiai wa dekimasen.

I don’t deserve you.
僕はあなたに愛される資格などない.
boku wa anata ni aisareru shikaku nado nai.

Must you make me say things that will hurt you?
きみを傷つけるようなことを言わせるつもりかい?
kimi o kizutsukeru you na koto o iwaseru tsumori kai.

Will you reconsider marrying me?
僕との結婚を考え直してくれませんか?
boku to no kekkon o kangaenaoshite kuremasen ka.

I can’t marry you.
あなたとは結婚できない.
anata to wa kekkon dekinai.

I’m not the marrying kind.
僕は結婚に向かない男だ.
boku wa kekkon ni mukanai otoko da.

Even if we get married, we won’t be able to understand each other on many matters.
結婚しても理解しあえないところがきっとたくさん出てくる.
kekkon shite mo rikai shiaenai tokoro ga kitto takusan dete kuru.

No matter how I apologize, it doesn’t change the fact that I’ve hurt you.
どんなに謝ってもあなたを傷つけたことにかわりはない.
donna ni ayamatte mo anata o kizutsuketa koto ni kawari wa nai.

I am really sorry.
あなたには本当にすまない.
anata ni wa hontou ni sumanai.

Please forgive me.
どうか僕を許してください.
douka boku o yurushite kudasai.


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