Aizuchi (相槌) is an important part of communication in Japanese. It consists of all the grunts and interjections that show that a person is listening. When one is speaking, the other will say things similar to uh-huh, yeah, right, okay, I see, I get it, gotcha, sure, right on and so on in English. Photo by liberalrev.com Linguists call these backchannel responses and they’re used in all languages. But in Japanese, they’re absolutely relentless. As the listener in a conversation, you can get as tired of talking as the speaker. Studies show that Japanese listeners interject with aizuchi two or three times as often as English speakers do. That’s a lot of uh-huhs and oh yeahs.