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I understand meaning and uses of あの、えと。 But I get confused when people use さあ、まあ and なんか frequently while talking.

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    なか<- You mean なんか, no?
    – chocolate
    Commented Dec 15, 2016 at 23:24
  • @chocolate May be なんか, but when they talk it sounds like なか. I am beginner so you should correct me なか or なんか Commented Dec 17, 2016 at 5:30

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If I get your question right,

さあ Can mean :

  • Who knows / I don't know
  • Ok now/ there we go

And perhaps a few more, depending on the intonation.
Example:

Aさん:この人は誰?Bさん:さあね~。
Mr. A : Who is that? Mr. B : Who knows.

まあ Can mean :

  • Now now(mother reassuring kid)
  • Sort of, kinda.
  • oh, my!(Usually used by baasan)

And perhaps a few more, depending on the intonation.
Example:

Aさん:うまくいった?Bさん:まあね~。
Mr. A : Did it go well? Mr. B : Kinda.

As for naka, perhaps you meant nanka. It is hard to explain, but can be used to mean things like you know or sort of.
Example:

Aさん:どうしたの?Bさん:なんかさ~、今朝から具合が悪いんだよ。
Mr. A : What's wrong? Mr. B : You know, I kinda don't feel good since this morning.

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  • Thanks, and what about なか/なんか (I am beginner so don't know なか or なんか) Commented Dec 17, 2016 at 5:32

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