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I was wondering how would you express pausing to think in Japanese. So for example in English it would be said as "hmmmm...".

I believe あのう。。。 can be used but are there any more ways to do so?

I hope my question is clear.

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up vote 9 down vote accepted
  • あー
  • うーむ
  • うーん
  • うーんと
  • えー
  • えーっと
  • えーと
  • そのう
  • ふうむ
  • んー

I am sure there are more.

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Exactly what I was looking for, thank you! – KevinAdu Dec 12 '13 at 0:58
Let's not forget the corner case of teeth sucking. Thinking + disdain/contempt. :D – kiss-o-matic Jan 7 '15 at 13:17

A few more:

  • そうですねぇ〜
  • そっかぁ〜
  • まー

Note that the first two do not necessarily imply the listener's agreement with what the speaker actually said.

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That's some great additions. Thank you! I think I saw an article for these kind of expressions used in Japanese. I'm gonna try and sniff it out. – KevinAdu Feb 16 '15 at 9:09

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