Yes in Japanese
How to say "Yes" in Japanese
The basic word for "Yes" in Japanese is はい (hai):
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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.
Sō desu ne
Yes, it [really] is, isn't it?
There are also informal ways to agree with someone:
Yes; that's right
If you want to give some emphasis when you are agreeing with somebody, you can use these phrases:
Yes, of course.
はい、いい です よ。
Hai, ii desu yo.
Yes, that's fine / sure.
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
Hai, ryōshūsho desu.
Here is your receipt.
はい、せん えん です。
Hai, sen en desu.
Here you are, 1000 yen.
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