How to say yes in Japanese – Saying Yes in Japanese
“Yes” and “No” can be the first few words you learn when learning Japanese.
If you are a beginner in learning Japanese, you must have already learned that “はい” (hai) refers to “yes” and “いいえ”(iie) refers to “no“.
Like any other language – “yes” and “no” can be said in many ways in Japanese.
In this Blog, we will learn some of the most common Japanese expressions for saying yes in Japanese.
はい is interchangeable with the English word “yes”. It shows a positive agreement to the question asked.
Satou san wa sensei desuka
Is Mr. Sato a teacher？
Hai, Satou san wa sensei desu
Yes. Mr. Satou is a teacher
ええ is a relatively less formal way of expressing agreement compared to “はい”. It can be used to show agreement. It is also used for giving a short response to the speaker to make a conversation smooth.
ii saifu desune
Such a nice wallet
Ee, ani ga kattekuretanodesu
yes, my brother bought for me.
うん is a casual expression, it is the most casual way of saying yes. It is mostly used when talking to close friends or someone younger than you.
This expression can only be used when talking to someone you are close to. Use はい when talking to strangers or someone who outranks you.
Mou ohiru tabeta?
have you had lunch already?
yeah, I have.
そうですね is often used when you agree with a statement. Its literal meaning is “so it is, isn’t it?” or “that’s how it is, I think”.
Kinou wa samukatta desune
Yesterday was really cold, wasn’t it?
yes, it was really cold.
そうですねsometime can also be used when you are thinking about the answer to the person whom you are talking to. In this case, it has no literal meaning but buys you time to think about what you are going to say next.
Atarashii gengou ni tsuite douomoimasuka
How do you think of the new era name?
Totemo ii to omoimasu
I think it is great.
These are some of the most common ways of saying yes in Japanese, do use them in suitable situations. If you are interested in learning Japanese, here are some Japanese Courses for beginners offered by Coto Japanese Academy. You can also read other interesting articles written by us.