Q: Anyways, my question. How do you say “Need” in Japanese? As in “I need~” and “Do you need anything?” ありがとう！！！ – Teshi_
A: Hi Teshi,
There are a few ways to say “need” in Japanese but the easiest is a very simple いる (yeah, I’m not going to give you the reading for something so simple! Well, I guess you could always look it up!)
So to ask someone if they need something you just say “iru?” (with a question tone)
And the reply is “iru.” Or “iranai” if you don’t need it.
Do you need anything? would be : nanika iru?
You can also use it to mean “want” in restaurants.
Sushi iru? – Do you want some sushi?
Or at work a more formal way to say “need” in Japanese is 必要 – hitsuyou.
e.g. 必要? means “Do we need it?”
Or nani ga hitsuyou? to ask “What do we need?”
Hope that helps!