If you’ve just started learning Chinese, you’re probably eager to get the basics down. Learning to say “yes” is usually one of the first things you learn when studying a new language. Unfortunately, you might be surprised to learn that in Chinese, there’s no direct equivalent to the English “yes.” Fear not, however! We’re here to walk you through some of the most common ways to say “yes” in Chinese.
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Learning how to say “yes” in context-appropriate ways will help you avoid being misunderstood.
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Saying “yes” is one of the most important skills that beginning students of the Chinese language should learn. We hope that the above explanations and examples will help you in your quest to respond to questions like a native.
Getting a feel for which form of “yes” to use in any given situation takes time and practice. If you still feel confused about when to use which word or phrase, we recommend that you try watching some Chinese TV shows.
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Listening carefully to the dialogue between the characters is a great way to gain insight into which forms of “yes” feel most natural in various different contexts.
Now that you know some of the most common ways to say “yes” in Chinese, don’t forget to practice and solidify your new knowledge by communicating with native Chinese speakers, either online or in person.
Remember, 熟能生巧 (shúnéngshēngqiǎo, practice makes perfect)!
Now that you know how to say "yes," why not continue exploring the essentials of everyday communication in Chinese by checking out our article on how to say "no" in Chinese or exploring the wonderful world of Chinese measure words?
Essential Vocabulary for Saying Yes in Chinese
|是||shì||to be (verb); yes (in certain contexts)|
|是的||shìde||yes, that"s right/correct|
|对||duì||yes, that"s right/correct|
|没错||méicuò||yes, that"s right/correct/true|
|好的||hǎo de||OK; will do|
|好呀||hǎo ya||OK! (sounds excited/enthusiastic)|
|好吧||hǎo ba||OK (sounds reluctant)|
|好了||hǎole||yep! (positive); OK, OK (sounds exasperated）|
|可以||kěyǐ||yes, you can|
|行||xíng||OK; all right|
|当然||dāngrán||of course; certainly|
|要||yào||to want (verb); yes (in certain contexts)|
|有||yǒu||to have (verb); yes (in certain contexts)|
|会||huì||to be able to (verb); yes (in certain contexts)|