May 24, 2020

ほぼ Almost; Roughly; Approximately


Pronunciation: hobo

Meaning: almost; roughly; approximately

Kanji: 略 (usually written in kana)

JLPT Level: N3 vocabulary

Usage: Use before an amount, timeframe, size, or any other word that can be qualified by "almost."

Similar to: だいたい daitai , but ほぼ is closer to 100%.

Common examples:

ほぼ(おな)hobo onaji – almost the same; practically the same

hobo onaji saizu desu.
It's pretty much the same size.

ほぼ毎日(まいにち) hobo mainichi – almost every day; nearly every day

hobo mainichi nihongo o benkyou shite imasu.
I study Japanese nearly every day.

Other examples:

ほぼ100(ひゃく)(パーセント)  almost 100%; almost entirely

ほぼ(いっ)分続(ぷんつづ)く to last about a minute

ほぼ()(にん)一人(ひとり) about one out of every four people

Get this lesson's PDF  & MP3s

Download Now for Free | No Opt-in!

Sharing is caring!

{"email":"Email address invalid","url":"Website address invalid","required":"Required field missing"}

Level up your Japanese!


For Total Beginners

This 13-book study guide + worksheets bundle is ON SALE. For just one-time payment only, you will get this bundle for a very low price plus you will get future contents for free (no additional charge).

Easy to follow and understand

This bundle is perfect for absolute beginners. It's thorough without being wordy, giving you exactly enough information to understand the concepts without overloading you with information. 

TheJapanShop.com Customer

Makoto+ Membership

You'll notice many TheJapanesePage.com lessons have bonus content for Makoto+ Members. Well, membership goes well beyond that. Members also get our monthly magazine for learners of Japanese (Beginners to Intermediates), weekly exclusive lessons, Podcast bonus content, and much more.