Yes in Japanese

How to say "Yes" in Japanese

The basic word for "Yes" in Japanese is はい (hai):

はい

Hai

Yes

In Japan, it's very common to hear the phrase そうですね (sō desu ne). It's another way of saying "yes" when acknowledging or agreeing.

そうですね

Sō desu ne

Yes, it [really] is, isn’t it?

There are also informal ways to agree with someone:

ええ

Ee

Yes (informal)

そう

Yes; that’s right

If you want to give some emphasis when you are agreeing with somebody, you can use these phrases:

はい、もちろんです。

はい、勿論です。

Hai, mochirondesu.

Yes, of course.

はい、いい です よ。

はい、良いですよ。

Hai, ii desu yo.

Yes, that's fine / sure.

はい、かしこまりました。

Hai, kashikomarimashita.

Yes, certainly.

はい (hai) is also used in Japan as a polite term of acknowledgement.

はい、 りょうしゅうしょ です

はい、領収書です

Hai, ryōshūsho desu.

Here is your receipt.

はい、せん えん です。

はい、千円です。

Hai, sen en desu.

Here you are, 1000 yen.

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Jā matta!

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