Learning, understanding and using “yappari” – “As it thought” in Japanese

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to another amazing online Japanese lesson from the one and only Bondlingo. Are you ready to get stuck in and learn some more incredible Japanese? Fantastic! Today we are going to be looking at the common phrase, “Yappari” やっぱり which can be translated into “as I thought” in Japanese. This is such a useful vocabulary word to know as it comes up in conversation countless times.

Today we are going to look at how and when to use “Yappari” やっぱり along with some useful example sentences to help you really understand this too. By the end of the lesson we want to ensure you understand and can use “Yappari” やっぱり with confidence. So, that being said, let’s get right into the lesson and start off by looking at the situations where you can use “Yappari”.

How should I use “Yappari” やっぱり?

So, when should you use yappari? As stated, earlier yappari can be translated into “as I thought” and is usually used at the beginning of the sentence. It can also be used on its own as a standalone “やっぱり” to mean “as I thought”.  So let’s have a look at the first context where you can use this common Japanese phrase:

This first situation id when you hear or see something where you expected the outcome, for example:  

Eiga ni hannin wa kurosaki san datta
The criminal in the move was mr kurosaki
Yappari, omotta toori da
I knew it, Just as I thought!

In this example, the speaker may have expected that the criminal was in fact Mr Kurosaki. With this he can confirm his suspicions with やっぱり

The next example is used to express your exasperation, such as when you quickly change your mind.

Imagine that you father asks you to eat dinner but you refuse at first.  However, later on you have a change of heart because you can smell how delicious it is from your room. You approach your father and say:

やっぱり美味しそうだから食べたいです yappari, oishisou dakara tabetai desu.
yappari, oishisou dakara tabetai desu.
yappari, oishisou dakara tabetai desu.
I’ve changed my mind, it smells delicious, so I want to eat it.

Now we are going to look at some more example sentences, to see how yappari is used in various situations.

Now we are going to look at some more example sentences, to see how yappari is used in various situations.

Examples sentences with  “Yappari” やっぱり?

Here is an example of when the speaker has had a change of heart. 

Tsukareteiru ga yappari iku tsumori da
I'm tired, but I'm going anyway.

Here is an example of when the speaker has expected the outcome based on their own assumptions.

Otokonoko wa yappari otokonoko
As expected, boys will be boys.

It’s the same again in this example, the speaker has expected the outcome based on some pre determinded factors.. 

Yappari nantoka yattenoketa ne
As I thought, you managed to pull it off.

You may have also heard about a similar word “yahari” we are now going to look at some examples of that and how that works.


What about やはり Yahari

You many of heard this word “yahari” which sounds extremely similar to “やっぱり” This is basically the exact same meaning as やっぱり however, yappari is a little stronger and also a little more colloquial. You can use both of them completely interchangeably.

Now finally we are going to have a look at a great little method that you can put into practice to ensure that you master the Japanese word yappari, let’s go!  

How to practice using “Yappari” やっぱり

If you really want to get to know yappari inside out, you are going to have to create a lot of your own example sentences. Start by thinking of a situation where you can guess what the outcome might be. Say yappari and then state the outcome of that situation. This way you will have a perfect yappari sentence.

Do this with as many situations as you can, and you will be well on your way to mastering this useful Japanese word. You should always strive to utilise this type of method with everything that you learn, without the hard work and due diligence after the lesson you will not learn and retain information effectively. We just want the best for you guys, think of us like your nagging Japanese mom.  

Well guys, there we have it, that’s the end of the lesson. We really hoped you enjoyed learning about “Yappari” やっぱり in this online Japanese lesson from Bondlingo. Join us next time when we will be teaching you about other interesting words and phrases in Japanese. As always is you have any questions or ideas for content that you would like us to cover, please feel free and get in touch as we would love to hear all about your ideas. 

Yappari benkyou siyou! Bye!


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