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fatedquest

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What are some ways to respond to compliments in Japanese?

For example if I cooked something,

He: This looks good!
Me: Nah, it's just normal.

What would I say in Japanese?

彼:おいしいそうです
私:いえ、普通だけです

I'm wondering if there are some other common set phrases which are commonly used too.
 

undrentide

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What are some ways to respond to compliments in Japanese?

For example if I cooked something,

He: This looks good!
Me: Nah, it's just normal.

What would I say in Japanese?

彼:おいしいそうです
私:いえ、普通だけです

I'm wondering if there are some other common set phrases which are commonly used too.

普通だけ means "ordinary (things) only" and does not fit your purpose.
To reply to a compliment, there are some commonly used phrases:
たいしたことありません (it's nothing) (for compliments to your achievement)
まだまだです (I'm not much skilled yet) (for compliments to your progress)
for example.
There are a lot more but these two are just I come up with right now.
 

fatedquest

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Thanks. So would たいしたことありません be suitable is someone compliments something I made, like cooking or a painting? Or is it just for more intangible achievements like passing an exam, getting promoted etc.
 

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I would say ありがとうございます。お口に合うといいんですが。(" Thank you. I hope you'll like it.") for the case. :)
 

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Hmm, thanks. What would I say if the person doesn't directly benefit from the thing? Like I didn't draw for the person, the person just chanced upon it and gave a compliment (half out of custom).
 

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ありがとうございます。でも、まだまだです。

It's hard to generalize. Inappropriate responses could be misinterpreted.
 
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