What Does “Sa”(さ) Mean In Japanese?

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Meaning and how to use “Sa.”

Final particle – put at the end of the sentence

Express one’s intention to remind oneself while confirming one’s judgment.

Examples: “Bokuni datte dekirusa” (僕にだってできるさ)
“Even I can do it.”

She is expressing a feeling of giving up in a somewhat indifferent tone, saying it quickly.

Examples: “Sukinayouni yarebaiinosa” (好きなようにやればいいのさ)
“Do whatever you want.”

Examples: “Soshinpaisurukotowa naisa” (そう心配することはないさ)
“So don’t worry.”

They are used with interrogative words to express refutation.

Examples: “Ikutte dokoniikunosa” (行くって、どこへ行くのさ)
“Where are you going?”

Examples: “Otokonokusenisa” (男のくせに何さ)
“What’s wrong with being a man?”

Examples: “Doushite damatteirunosa” (どうして黙っているのさ)
“Why are you being silent?”

List of frequently used Japanese expressions containing “Sa.”


Used when performing light or simple movements.

Examples: “Watashiwa tewo satto fuita” (私は手をさっとふいた)
“I wiped my hands quickly.”

Examples: “Karewa nihongono imiga wakaranaikara satto jisyowo toridashita”

“He didn’t know the meaning of Japanese, so he took out a dictionary quickly.”


If – used when necessary, under limited conditions.

Examples: “お肉さえ食べれれば、私は幸せだ”(Onikusae taberereba watashiwa shiawaseda)
“As long as I can eat meat, I’m happy.”

Examples: “時間さえあれば、私は成功するよ”(Jikansae areba watashiwa seikousuruyo)
“If I have time, I will succeed.”


It’s used to reply when asked something you don’t know or to sigh when unsure what to do.

Examples: “この人を駅近くで見ませんでしたか?”(Konohitowo ekichikakude mimasendeshitaka?)
“さあ、わかりませんね”(Saa wakarimasenne)

“Did you see this person near the station?”
“Well, I don’t know.”

“エンゼルスはまた一点入れられてしまった”(Angelswa mata itten irerarete shimatta)
“さあ、どうなることやら”(Saa dounarukotoyara)

“The Angels have been scored again.”
“Come on, let’s see what happens.”


Then, Well- It is used before starting something, to change the subject, etc.

Examples: “さて、本題に入りましょうか”(Sate hondaini hairimasyouka)

“Then, let’s get down to business.”

Examples: “さて、どうしようか”(Sate doushiyouka)

“Well, what should I do?”


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