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Why do Japanese say “そうですね Soo desu ne” when they don’t agree with me?

Question: 
I was making a presentation to my Japanese boss. At the end of my presentation, my boss said “そうですねSoo desu ne”. I thought he agreed to my proposal but then he said “じゃ、もう一度(いちど)考(かんが)えて見(み)ますJa, moo ichido kangaete mimasu” (let's think about it). Isn't “soo desu ne” agreeing to what a person has said?

How To Say “Do you have a heater?” In Japanese?

Question: We went to Japan for a holiday last December. Having come from a tropical country, Japan was very cold to us. When we first arrived at our accommodation, the staff was showing us around the apartment. She switched on the air-con for ventilation but it was already freezing for us. I wanted to ask whether the apartment has a heater instead of the air-con. How do I ask “Do you have a heater?” in Japanese?

How To Say “Thank you for listening” In Japanese?

Question: I am attending a short course at a Japanese university. I am going to give a presentation in front of Japanese students at my tutorial. The presentation is in English but I want to use some Japanese expressions. How should I say “Thank you for listening” at the end of presentation?

How To Say “Thank you for the food” After The Meal In Japanese?

I went to Japan for holiday and stayed at a Japanese inn for the first time. We were served dinner at our room and the food was so delicious. The inn staff came after dinner to clear away the plates. I’ve learned the phrase “itadakimasu” which is said before mealtimes. I want to say “Thanks for the food” after the dinner. How should I say it in Japanese?

How To Say “Thank you for the food” In Japanese?

I went to Japan for holiday and we stayed at a Japanese inn for the first time. When we were there, the staff served us dinner in our room. We had sashimi and even a small hotpot, just like what my friends had been posting on their Instagram! When the staff said “さあ、どうぞ召し上がってください saa, doozo meshiagattekudasai” (Enjoy your food), I wanted to reply “Thanks for the food” but how do I say it in Japanese?

How To Say “Thank you for coming” In Japanese?

My parents have acted as host parents for many years to Japanese overseas students who came to study at our local universities. When my father passed away, a few of these former overseas students whom he had previously hosted actually came all the way from Japan for his funeral. I was very touched by their kind gesture. I cannot speak any Japanese, but I want to say “Thank you for coming” in a thank-you letter. What should I say?