My Japanese colleague came over to ask me something, but I was in the middle of a virtual meeting with my client. I wanted to tell her to wait for a second while I mute the call. How do I say “Please wait” in Japanese?


Answer by Professional Japanese Teacher

Chotto mattekudasai 

Please wait a while.

Shooshoo omachikudasai 
Please wait a while.

You can tell your colleague “Chotto mattekudasai”. “Mattekudasai” is “please wait”. “Matte” comes from the verb machimasu (to wait) and “kudasai” is “please”. “Chotto” means “a little bit, a while”.

If you are telling someone for example your boss to wait for a while, you can say the more polite version, shooshoo omachikudasai.