I’m about to visit my friends’ home, and they’re Japanese. My plan is, if they ask me something I don’t want to answer, I’d just answer ” I don’t know” in Japanese lol they’d be distracted that I spoke Japanese, and I wouldn’t need to answer – big brain time, if I may say so myself.
How Do You Say I Don’t Know In Japanese?
There are two standard ways to say “I don’t know” in Japanese.
1. 「知りません。」 (shirimasen)
2. 「分かりません。」 (wakarimasen)
Shirimasen/ Wakaimasen is the polite/formal way to say it so it’s best to just use those, but they can be also said as Shiranai/Wakaranai (casual/informal)
Shirimasen is more like, ” I don’t know.”
Wakarimasen is closer to, “I don’t understand.”