French Language French Vocabulary: «Say Yes»

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What are the different ways to say "Yes" in French?

Quelles sont les différentes façons de dire "OUI" en français ?

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If you want to better understand and speak everyday French, you need to learn other ways to say "Yes" than "Oui".

Oui[edit | edit source]

Yes

To say you agree in French, you can simply say "Yes" or you may repeat the whole sentence:

  • Aimes tu la glace ? oui / oui, j'aime la glace. = Do you like icecream? Yes, I do

Ouais[edit | edit source]

Yep, Yeah

"Ouais" is the informal way of saying "yes" in French.

You'll hear this a lot in casual conversations:

  • Tu habites à Paris ? Ouais, j'habite ici. = Do you live in Paris? Yep, I live here.

Mouais...[edit | edit source]

Yeah, not that much

It's as casual as "ouais". It's saying "ouais" while showing little enthusiasm.

  • Tu aimes les escargots ? Mouais, en fait, pas trop = Do you like snails. Yeah, actually, not that much.

It can be used for "Yeah kinda sorta".


Mouais[edit | edit source]

Yeah, I don't believe you.

It's saying "ouais" while showing some serious doubt.

  • Tu penses qu'il a rédigé ce texte tout seul ? Mouais... ça m'étonnerait = You think he wrote this text alone? Right... I doubt it.

Ouep[edit | edit source]

Ouep is used if you want to sound "cool" :)

Si[edit | edit source]

Yes

“Si” is what I like to call the contradiction yes. "Si" is a way to say yes, but we only use it to contradict someone who said a negative statement.

  • Tu n'aimes pas la glace ? Si, au contraire ! = You don't like icecream? Yes I do

D’accord[edit | edit source]

alright

  • “D’accord” is the French equivalent of “alright”. = It's a short way of saying "Je suis d'accord" (I agree). Tu viens avec nous ? D'accord. Are you coming with us? Alright.

OK[edit | edit source]

alright

"Okay" has the same meaning as "D'accord" but a little less formal.

They can even be used together like this: "Ah! d'accord, okay"

Saying both, one after the other, is just a way to stress your agreement with what is being stated.

Pourquoi pas?[edit | edit source]

Why not?

Avec plaisir[edit | edit source]

With pleasure.

C'est parti ![edit | edit source]

Let's go

ça marche[edit | edit source]

alright

“ça marche” is a casual way to say “it’s ok for me” in French. You can use it with friends or family. You could also use the less common “ça roule” (lit: it rolls”) instead.

  • Je passe te chercher à la sortie du lycée 17 heures mercredi. ça marche = I’ll pick you up at 5 PM after school on Wednesday. Alright.

Bien sûr[edit | edit source]

of course

If a person asks you something to which the answer seems obvious, you could answer:

  • Bien sûr (of course)
  • Évidemment (obviously)

You can use "bien sûr" in all situations, but "évidemment" is more formal.

  • Tu aimes la glace ? Bien sûr ! = Do you like icecream? Of course!

Carrément[edit | edit source]

Sure

If you are really excited and wish to say yes without hesitation, you can use "carrément". It is less formal than évidemment.

  • ça te dirait de visiter les USA cet été ? Carrément ! = Would you like to visit the US this summer? Sure!

Mais oui[edit | edit source]

Yes

If someone asks you an irritating question, you can say "Mais oui" or "Ben oui". Warning: this can be considered as rude.

  • Tu as rangé ta chambre ? Mais oui, je te l’ai déjà dit 4 fois = Did you tidy your room? Yes, I've already told you 4 times!

In the example provided, "mais oui / ben oui" would sound slightly condescending or passive agressive, "OBVIOUSLY I did what you're asking". But as I said it's a matter of context and tone of your voice. "Mais oui", told with an impatient or irritated tone, would indeed be somewhat rude.


Volontiers[edit | edit source]

Yes, please

If you’re happy to do something, you can say "Volontiers", politely. You can also use : - Avec plaisir - Certainement

  • Vous désirez un café ? Volontiers = Woud you care for a coffee? Yes, please

Exactement[edit | edit source]

exactly

When you want to confirm in a rather formal way that what someone says is correct, you can use:

  • Exactement (exactly)
  • Tout à fait (that’s right)
  • En effet (indeed)

In a less formal way, you would say : "Exact !".

  • Vous êtes bien Monsieur Durand ? Tout à fait = You are Monsieur Durand, right? That’s right

Parfait[edit | edit source]

Perfect

Sometimes, you may want to say that something is perfect. In this case, you can use:

Parfait, Très bien

  • Votre chambre vous convient-elle ? oui, parfait ! = Your room suits you? Yes Thanks !

If you know other ways to say "Yes" in French, please edit this page ;-)

videos[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

https://www.reddit.com/r/French/comments/6ls757/what_are_the_different_ways_to_say_yes_in_french/


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