Knowing how to say yes and no is crucial in any language.

The Japanese word for yes is Hai.

To pronounce this correctly, let’s first break it down into syllables:


As you can see, there’s just one sound.

“Hai” is pronounced very similarly to the English word “Hi” (meaning hello). Just be sure to say the word concisely, and don’t drag out the “i” like you would in a friendly greeting. The pronunciation of the Japanese word Hai should take be quick and clear.

Gradually try to speed up your pronunciation of the word as you get more comfortable with it. Before you know it, you’ll have it!


For more easy and useful Japanese words, go to WOW: Word of the Week


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