is classified as a 終助詞（しゅうじょし） (sentence ending particle) in Japanese. It may also be pronounced as ねえ
is used when the speaker is looking for agreement from someone, or wants confirmation about something. Due to this, it is often translated as ‘right?’, or ‘isn’t it?’. To use ね
, simply add it to the end of almost any sentence.
Work is tiring, isn't it?
It's hot today too, isn't it?
That is pretty, isn't it?
It's cold today, isn't it?
As we will cover in our lesson about the sentence ending particle な
can almost be thought of as the opposite. ね
is used when expressing a shared opinion, a shared thought, or generally something you think will be agreed with by the listener. However, な focuses almost exclusively on the speaker, and their own thoughts.
This is spicy, don't you think? (You and your friend are at a curry restaurant. After taking your first mouthful, you turn to your friend and say this, because you think they would agree)
This is spicy, yeah? (You and your friend are at a curry restaurant. After taking your first mouthful, you notice that it is spicier than usual. You turn to your friend and say this, because you want them to know that you feel this way)
are very frequently combined together to make the sentence ender よね
. This is used purely when you expect the listener will agree with you.
ね is much weaker than でしょう or だろう, and is sometimes said purely out of habit, without much nuance of ‘right’ at all.