Lesson 24 Okay, okay
“Okay” is commonly used in Japanese daily life, but that doesn’t stop Japanese people making the mistake Kazuya makes below.
James: Where shall we go for lunch?
Kazuya: I know a Thai restaurant nearby. Are you okay?
James: Me? Yeah, I’m fine.
Kazuya wants to know whether James wants to eat Thai food, so he should ask “Is that okay?” or “Are you okay with
that?” We ask “Are you okay?” when we are worried about someone. For example, if you see someone fall over, you might run to them and ask “Are you okay?” I hope you’re okay with this explanation.