un – うん

うん (“un”; “Yes”(informal))

You just learned that はい(ha-i) is the Japanese word for “yes”. However, that is the formal, polite way to say it. When speaking informal Japanese to your friends, you can just say うん(un).

It is worth noting, however, that this is typically not pronounced as it looks, saying “oon” with your lips open, but rather, it is done with your lips closed.


(“a-na-ta wa John de-su ka?”; “Are you John?”)


「 うん、Johnです。」

(“un, John de-su.”; “Yeah, I’m John.”)


PRACTICE: Use うん (un) to answer positively to a question.