Are you pulling my leg?


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Hello !! How can I translate the phrase "Are you pulling my leg?" into Japanese??

Thanks in advance
  • s_a_n_t_i

    Senior Member
    Spanish (Argentina)
    Mira, lo que se me ocurre ahora, expresiones al estilo como

    まさか、 冗談〔じょうだん〕ばっかり。

    Algo así...

    Espero te sirva,



    coclea mod
    日本語 / japāniski / יפנית
    s_a_n_t_i said:
    The demonstrative sore signals that the object or the idea referred to is linked to the hearer. The above sentences mean, "Is what you are saying for real?", which is a good Japanese equivalent of "Are you pulling my leg?" One might as well say sore here means "your" or "yours."

    If are is used, the sentences serve to check if the thing/idea is not a joke that has been uttered neither by the first person nor the second person. The statement can belong to a specific third person or it can be something that has been floating around such as rumour, news, proverbs or conventional wisdom.


    Senior Member
    Spanish (Argentina)

    Hiro Sasaki

    Japan, Japanese
    I am an Osakan and I do not speak myself a refined language. But,
    elegant ways of saying it :

    1. 冗談ばっかり おっしゃって

    2. 冗談でしょう。

    3. まさか !

    4. からかわないで ください。

    All these four sentences have no accusing tone. I think that "Are you
    pulling my leg" has no strong accusing tone. Don't misunderstand the

    1. can be too elegant and is spoken by a high society lady.( may be)

    and I recommend you to learn No,2

    Foreigners or beginners should not learn such phrases like まじで ? slangs and recently coined words.

    Hiro sasaki

    P.S. I've found here santi and cereth who have helped me with my

    Hiro Sasaki

    Japan, Japanese
    s_a_n_t_i said:
    それ means what you have said, or that remark, that coments of yours.
    あれ is at a long distance from the speaker and the person to be spoken to.

    I can't understand what you have written in Japanese.
    Please move to the site English-spanish and create a new thread.
    as Spanish is you native tongue.

    Hiro Sasaki

    Hiro Sasaki

    Japan, Japanese
    Jishii said:
    I'd say からかうのか。 (karakau no ka?)
    ”からかっているのか ” is more correct. This will be spoked before
    beginning to fight ! . The similar expression is ふざけるな。 ふざけているのか。
    I am not a native speaker of English. But, I think that " Are you pulling
    my legs " has no strong accusing tone. You may say it with a smile.

    In English, besides of " Are you pulling my legs ? ", the similar
    expressions are : "Are you joking ? " , " You are kidding ". For these 3
    expressions, there are more than 20 different expressions in Japanese.
    Just mentioing an expression without explaining the context is missleading.
    There is only one correct expression for each context and the conditions and the situations. young or old, wowan o man, to be spoken to a close
    friend or family, or to your client.

    It is difficult for me explaining 20 different contexts for twenty
    different Japanese expressions in internet. If you could fly to my city
    two times a month, I would open a Japanese coruse for foreigners
    in my city. But, It is not possible.

    I will repeat once again that there is only one correct expression for each
    context. ( Hay unicamente una sola expresion por cada context, ojo ! )
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