How to Say Happy in Japanese

July 21, 2008 by admin 

How To Say Happy In Japanese

Telling someone that you’re happy and that you’re having in Japanese can be very useful and motivating for someone else. For example, if you’re on a date and you want to continue seeing the other person, you will tell him / her that you enjoy the date. But how do you express hapiness, joy or pleasure in Japanese?

There are many Japanese words that can accomplish this task but let’s start with the basic Japanese word ureshii. Ureshii is perhaps the most common and effective word for express your happiness. When you’re happy, you can just shout out ureshii!

Watashi no tame ni, kono bentou wo tsukute kureta yo ne. Ureshii yo!
You made this lunch box for me. I’m so happy!

Kanojo wa ureshii kao wo shiteiru.
She’s wearing a happy face. (She’s happy).

There are many ways you can use the Japanese verb ureshii. You can turn it into an adverb. To turn a Japanese adjective into an adverb, you need to omit the ending -i and replace it with -ku.

Ore wa kanojo no kao wo miru dake de, nanka ureshiku narimasu.
Just by looking at her face, I become happy.

Kare wa ureshiku sono uta wo utaimashita.
He sang that song happily.

See how useful the simple Japanese adjective ureshii can do? Let’s look the second Japanese adjective tanoshii which means enjoyable and fun. Tanoshii is usually used when you want to express fun or enjoyment. Since it’s a Japanese adjective, you would use tanoshii the same way as ureshii.

Machi de burabura suru no ga sonna ni tanoshii desu ka?
Is wandering aimless on the street that enjoyable?

Dewa okyakusama, yukkuri tanoshinde kudasai.
Dear customers, please enjoy yourself.

Watashi wa tada kimi to tanoshii toki wo sugoshitai dake desu.
I only wanted to have a great time with you.

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4 Responses to “How to Say Happy in Japanese”

  1. Cranberry on January 5th, 2009 8:43 pm

    How do you say “Peace” “Freedom” “Happy” in Japanese?
    How do you say "Peace" "Freedom" "Happy" in Japanese?

    Please no translator, I am looking for accurate Japanese words for those phases. It is very important to me. Thanks in advance.

  2. john on January 5th, 2009 8:45 pm

    peace- "平和" and it pronounced "heiwa"
    freedom- "自由" and its pronounced "jiyuu"
    happy- "嬉しい" and its pronounced "ureshii"

    good luck.
    References :

  3. tarumemu on January 5th, 2009 8:47 pm

    Freedom=自由(Jiyu)–>"jiyu" made for "Freedom"
    References :

  4. askawow 47 on January 5th, 2009 8:49 pm

    peace = 平和 (heiwa)
    ex. we all have hoped for world peace.
    min-na sekai heiwa wo nozon de kita.

    freedom =
    自由 (jiyuu)
    ex. fight for freedom of religion
    shinkou no jiyuu no tame ni tatakau
    解放 (kaihou)
    ex. freedom from anxiety
    fuan kara no kaihou

    happy = 幸せ (shiawase), 幸福 (koufuku, kinda literary word)
    ex. i have never been happier.
    korehodo shiawase na koto wa arimsen.
    References :
    majored in japanese literature

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