French for beginners includes learning the different variants of “oui” but if if you wish to sound a little bit less than a tourist, there are some secrets to be revealed about this simple French word. If you wish to increase your linguistic skills in French and be able to say : yes, absolutely, yes,indeed or simply yeah, read this lesson. Learn how to say « yes » in French and sound more like a native.
1 – “Ouais”: the informal French yes
When hearing French people speak, you might hear “Ouais”
-Tu habites en Espagne ? Ouais, j’habite à Madrid
– You live in Spain ? Yep, I live in Madrid
2 – The emphatic “Mais oui” !
Mais oui ! is quite emphatic. It literary means but yes ! of course, it’s obvious isn’t it? It’s often used when you’re slightly annoyed.
-Tu lui as téléphoné ? – Mais oui ! tu me l’as déjà demandé
-Have you phoned him/ her ? – Yes, of course ! you have already asked me
3-The obvious answer yes : “Bien-sûr”- “Evidemment”
If a person asks you something to which the answer seems obvious, you could answer: “Bien-sûr” (of course) or “évidemment” (obviously)
-Tu aimes le chocolat ? – Bien-sûr/évidemment
-Do you like chocolate ? – Of course, I do
4 –Exactement -“Tout à fait”- “Absolument “: The formal “Yes” to confirm an information
When you wish to confirm an information that someone has just said, you can use one of these French words: « Exactement » (exactly), « Tout à fait » (that’s right), « En effet » (indeed)
-Vous êtes bien Clara Bernard ? – Oui, tout à fait
– You are Clara Bernard, aren’t – Yes, that’s right
-Vous êtes certain d’avoir pris la décision de vendre votre appartement ? – Oui, absolument
– Are you sure to have made the decision to sell your apartment ? – Yes, absolutely
5-” Si ” : the contradiction ” yes “
“Si” is used to contradict negative questions and statements
-Tu n’as pas aimé le film ? – Si, j’ai adoré
-You didn’t like the movie ? – Yes, I loved it
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