How to use “Yoshi” in Japanese

Japanese people say “Yoshi !”/「よし!」 in many situations. If you live in Japan, you should hear it once. Google translator translates “Yoshi !” into “Alright !” in English. But I think it’s not necessarily the correct way. I will introduce how to use it.

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1. When you do something well

When you work or watch something and it goes well, you can say “Yoshi !”/「よし!」consciously or unconsciously as the following examples.

Ex)

I’m watching a soccer game on television and my favorite team scores a goal. Then I say “Yoshi !”/「よし!」unconsciously because I’m too excited.

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You are cooking lunch for your family. You taste it in the middle of cooking and it’s tasty. Then you find out it’s going well and you can say “Yoshi !”/「よし!」.

2. When you have done something

When you have done something, you can say “Yoshi !”/「よし!」with the feeling of “Finally it’s over”.

Ex)

You are preparing for a presentation for the meeting tomorrow. When you have done that, you can say “Yoshi !”/「よし!」with the feeling of “Finally done !” as the following examples.

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You are traveling to Osaka from Tokyo by the bullet train called “Shinkansen”. When you have arrived in Osaka, you can say “Yoshi !”/「よし!」with the feeling of “Finally I got to Osaka !”.

3. When you start something

When you start something, you can say “Yoshi !”/「よし!」with the feeling of “Let’s get going !” as the following examples.

Ex)

You finished dinner and to tell the truth you want to be relaxed for a short time. But you have to do homework by tomorrow. When you start your homework, you can say “Yoshi !”/「よし!」.

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In the morning you have got ready for your work. When you leave for the workplace, you can say “Yoshi !”/「よし!」. In this case I think you can also say “Yoshi Ikuka!”/「よし!行くか!」. Both of them are natural.

4. Summary

When you do something well, you have done something or you start something, you can say “Yoshi !”/「よし!」.

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