What does “hayaku” mean? はやく 早く 速く
Narubeku hayaku onegaishimasu.
Sore hayaku itte hoshikatta.
“Hayaku" is often used in Japanese conversation.
If you are learning Japanese, this is one of the conjunctive forms of adjectives you should know.
What does “hayaku" mean?
“Hayaku" has two kanji （早く、速く）meaning “early" and “quick, quickly".
Of course, in English, “early" and “quick, quickly" are different in the meanings. However, it seems that the two “hayaku" have the same sound, so even Japanese people may mistakenly use these two kanji.
In addition, the use of “hayaku（早く）" is wide, and it is often used including the original meaning of “hayaku（速く）". Because of this, even if it is the wrong usage, few people point out.
What does “hayaku（早く）" mean?
The meaning of “hayaku（早く）" is ”early.”
As mentioned above, it is sometimes used to mean “quick, quickly", “rapidly", “speedily", “fast", and “promptly".
It is used in the following sense.
Early in time
Previous event in time
Easy and quick
Example sentences with “hayaku（早く）"
Kyou wa hayaku okita.
I got up early today.
Hayai uchi ni sorewo sumasete okou.
Let’s do it early.
Hayaku ni haha wo nakushita.
I lost my mother early.
Kare wa hayaku kara bijinesu wo hajimeta.
He started his business early.
Asa hayaku kara sono shigoto wo shiteiru.
I’ve been doing that work since early in the morning.
Hayaku ie ni kaerou.
Let’s go home early.
Hayaku sore wo itte yo!
You should have said it earlier!
Kotoshi no tsuyu wa hayaku aketa.
The rainy season has ended early this year.
Be quick about it!
Hayaku dete itte.
Get out now.
Asa hayaku ni nan no sawagi da?
What a fuss early in the morning?
Hayaku yatte okeba yokatta.
I should have done it early.
What does “hayaku（速く）" mean?
On the other hand, “hayaku" means “quick", “quickly", “presto", “rapidly", and “speedily".
This word emphasizes movement, meaning that there is a sense of speed, time quickly goes by, and a quick action
Example sentences with “hayaku（速く）"
Ano hito wa hayaku hashiru.
That person runs fast.
Kawa no nagare ga hayaku te booto wa mou mienai.
The river is so fast that I can no longer see the boat.
Kare no booru wa totemo hayakute utenai.
His ball is so fast that I cannot hit it.
Ano piza-ya wa piza wo hayaku todokeru koto de hyouban ga takai.
That pizzeria has a reputation for delivering pizza fast.
Zentaiteki ni sukoshi hayaku ensou shite kudasai.
Play (the musucal instrument) a little faster overall.
Kanojo ha itsumo tejun wo hayaku oboeru.
She always learns the steps quickly.