What Does Daijoubu Mean in Japanese?

Many Ways to Use the Word Daijoubu

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Okay is a common response to an order or instruction, such as a parent telling a child to clean his or her room, or a boss explaining to an employee how to carry out a project.

To say the word okay in Japanese is Daijoubu.

Daijoubu is often the way you tell others you are "fine," in Japanese. Generally, it can mean both yes and no.  Daijoubu is also used as the safe way to answer a question. However, it has been said that the word is overused in the Japanese language as a response in many different situations.

Uses of Daijoubu and Daijoubu Desu

  1. “I heard you had been suffering from a terrible cold for a week. Are you okay now?” Daijobu desu is an answer.
  2. When a waiter asks, “Do you want some water?”people say “Daijobu desu” as “No thanks."
  3. Are you hurt? Daijoubu means ,"I am fine."
  4. Is the water too hot? Daijoubu or "It's just fine" is a reply.

Related Phrases

"Daijoubu desu ka,(大丈夫ですか) can be used in formal situations. It means: "Are you ok?"

Pronunciation of Daijoubu:

Listen to the audio file for "Daijoubu."

Japanese Characters for Daijoubu:

大丈夫。 (だいじょうぶ。)

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