In all languages, the word ‘yes’ is one of the most important and commonly-used words. You can use it during your travels to mean you like something, want something, or your opinion. Without the word ‘yes’, we would have to create sentences that we don’t even need just to reply to something that someone said to us.
This is one of the reasons why saying and knowing when and how to say yes in different languages is very important. When you go on your way and travel around the world, you will know the right words to say and say yes in their own language. You just need to learn when you should say these words to and know when you should say no.
That doesn’t sound too hard, does it?
Yes And No
Often, yes is paired with the word ‘no’. These are used as expressions of the negative and affirmative. These are used in many languages including the English language. Originally, English had a four-form system to make a distinction between the answers to negative and affirmative questions, Now, there’s just yes and no in the English language.
In many types of communication, you can see the affirmative and negative ways of expressing a person’s answers. These include sign language, Morse Code, eye blink communication and many more.
With the English language, you only have to say yes or no to express yourself. However, in other languages, there are other ways to say yes or no. Take, for example, the Finnish and Welsh languages. These use echo answers instead of using their own translations of yes or no. They repeat the verb with either a negative or affirmative form even though they have their own words that are similar to yes or no.
On the other hand, other languages have systems called a two-form, three-form or a four-form system depending on how many yes and no words they have. But, other languages including Latin does not have any yes or no word systems.
Yes and no are words that are challenging to classify in the eight conventional parts of speech. They are sometimes classified under interjections. However, they don’t qualify as such, Plus, they’re not adverbs. Sometimes, they are classified as a part of speech. This is pro-sentences, word sentences or sentence words. There are other words included in that category, and often linguists do not add them in their sentence words list. In addition, sentences that consist of one of these two words can be considered as minor sentences.
The many differences of language between each other, the knowledge that different words for yes and no in several languages have different usages and parts of speech, and the lack of a yes and no system in other languages make an idiomatic translation challenging.
Well, anyways, if you are looking for the many ways to say yes in different languages, we have here a full list to help you.
|Languages||Yes In Different Languages|
|BURMESE||hoke te / hman te|
|CHINESE (MANDARIN)||是 (shi) / 对 (dui)|
|CORSICAN||iè / sì|
|CREOLE||Wí, Éwè, Anhan|
|GALLO||yan / vais / vaer|
|GEORGIAN||ki / diakh|
|JAPANESE||hai / éé|
|KHMER||cha (female) / baht (male)|
|KOREAN||ney (old form) / yea (current form)|
|KURDISH||ere / bele|
|LAO||doy (very formal) / tiao (formal) / euh (coll.)|
|LATIN||sic / (repetition of the verb)|
|MONGOLIAN||za / tiim (За / Тийм)|
|PERSIAN (FARSI)||bale (polite) / âre (slang)|
|SARDINIAN||eja / giai / si|
|SCOTTISH GAELIC||aye / [ repetition of the verb ]|
|TAGALOG||opo / oo|
|TAMIL||ஒம் (om) ou ஆம் (aam)|
|THAI||ใช่ (chaï) / ค่ะ (kha) – woman speaking / ครับ (khrap) – man speaking|
|UDMURT||ben / o-o / y-y (colloquial)|
|VIETNAMESE||Có, Vâng, Da.|
|WALLOON (“betchfessîs” spelling)||oyi|
And that’s about it when it comes to yes in different languages. Here’s also a guide to learning how to say no in different languages. If you are planning on going around the world, knowing how to say yes is a great advantage. Communicate with the locals and try to respond with a ‘yes’ in their language to show them how much you love their culture and their country/
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