French Vocabulary: «Say Yes»
What are the different ways to say "Yes" in French?
Quelles sont les différentes façons de dire "OUI" en français ?
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]
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]
"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]
“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]
- “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]
"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]
Avec plaisir[edit | edit source]
C'est parti ![edit | edit source]
ça marche[edit | edit source]
“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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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 ;-)
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