How to Say Yes-No in Different Languages

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How To Say Yes-No: “Yes” and “No” is a crucial and frequently used word in every language, conveying agreement, approval, or affirmation.

Mastering its expression in various languages is valuable for effective communication, especially when interacting with people from diverse backgrounds.

However, it’s equally important to be aware of what you’re agreeing to and to be able to express “no” when necessary.

Meanwhile you can use Hand and Face gesture or Google Translator any time and anywhere.

Say Yes-No In 100 Different Languages

LanguagesYesPronunciation of YesNoPronunciation of No
AfrikaansJayahNeenay
AlbanianPopohJoyo
Amharicአዎ (Awo)ah-woአይ (Ay)ah-yeh
Arabicنعم (Naam)naamلا (La)la
ArmenianԱյո (Ayo)a-yoՈչ (Voč)voch
AzerbaijaniBəlibeh-leeXeyrkhayr
BasqueBaibyeEzes
BelarusianТак (Tak)tahkНе (Nye)nye
Bengaliহ্যাঁ (Hyāṁ)hyanনা (Nā)na
BosnianDadahNeneh
BulgarianДа (Da)daНе (Ne)ne
Burmeseဟုတ် (Hote)hohtayမဟုတ် (Ma hohtay)ma hohtay
CatalanseeNono
Chinese (Mandarin)是 (Shì)shuh不是 (Bù shì)boo shuh
CroatianDadahNeneh
CzechAnoah-noNeneh
DanishJayahNejnay
DutchJayahNeenay
EnglishYesyessNono
EsperantoJesyesNeneh
EstonianJahyahEiay
Filipino (Tagalog)Oooh-ohHindihindi
FinnishKylläkool-lahEiay
FrenchOuiweeNonno
GalicianseeNonnon
Georgianკი (Ki)keeარა (Ara)ara
GermanJayahNeinnine
GreekΝαί (Ne)nehΌχι (Ohi)ohi
Gujaratiહા (Hā)haaનહિ (Nahi)na-hee
Haitian CreoleWiweeNonno
HausaEeayA’aah-ah
Hebrewכן (Ken)kenלא (Lo)lo
Hindiहाँ (Haan)haanनहीं (Nahin)nahin
HmongYogyawTsistsee
HungarianIgenee-genNemnem
IcelandicyowNeinay
IgboEeayMbamba
IndonesianYayahTidaktee-dah
IrishtawNílneel
ItalianseeNono
Japaneseはい (Hai)haiいいえ (Iie)ee-eh
JavaneseIyaee-yahOraoh-rah
Kannadaಹೌದು (Haudu)hah-oo-dooಇಲ್ಲ (Illa)illa
KazakhИә (Ia)yaЖоқ (Joq)jok
Khmerយ៉ា (Yeah)yeahទេ (Teh)tay
Korean네 (Ne)neh아니오 (Anio)ah-nee-oh
KurdishBelêbeh-layNanah
KyrgyzЖок (Jok)jokЖок (Jok)jok
Laoດອກ (Dok)dawkຫມາ (Mai)my
LatinItaee-taMinimemee-nee-may
Latvianyahnay
LithuanianTaiptaipNeneh
LuxembourgishJoyoNeenay
MacedonianДа (Da)daНе (Ne)ne
MalagasyEnyenyTsiatsee-ah
MalayYayahTidaktee-dah
Malayalamഅതെ (Athe)ah-teഇല്ല (Illa)illa
MalteseIvaee-vaLelay
MaoriĀeeyeKāokow
Marathiहो (Ho)hoनाही (Nahi)na-hee
MongolianТийм (Tiim)teemҮгүй (Ugui)uugui
Nepaliहो (Ho)hoहोइन (Hoina)hoy-na
NorwegianJayahNeinay
Odiaହଁ (Haṁ)humନା (Nā)na
Pashtoهو (Ho)hawنه (Na)na
Persianبله (Bale)ba-leنه (Na)na
PolishTaktahkNienye
PortugueseSimseemNãonow
Punjabiਹਾਂ (Haan)haanਨਹੀਂ (Nahi)nah-hee
RomanianDadahNunoo
RussianДа (Da)daНет (Nyet)nyet
SamoanIoeee-oh-ehLeailay-eye
Scots GaelicThahaChan eilkhahn ale
SerbianДа (Da)daНе (Ne)neh
SesothoEeayTjhacha
ShonaEeayAyeeye
Sindhiہاڻ (Haan)haanنہين (Nahi)na-hee
Sinhalaඔව් (Owa)oh-vahනෑ (Nā)na
SlovakÁnoah-noNienee
SlovenianDadahNeneh
SomaliHaahaMayamy-ah
SpanishseeNono
SundaneseIyaee-yahTeutuh
SwahiliNdiyondi-yoHapanaha-pa-na
SwedishJayahNejnay
TajikҲа (Ha)haНе (Ne)ne
Tamilஆம் (Aam)ahmஇல்லை (Illai)illai
TatarӘйе (Aye)ah-yehЮк (Yuk)yook
Teluguఅవున్నారు (Avunāru)ah-voo-nah-rooకాదు (Kādu)ka-doo
Thaiใช่ (Chai)chaiไม่ (Mai)mai
TurkishEveteh-vetHayırha-yer
TurkmenHýahee-ahYokyok
UkrainianТак (Tak)tahkНі (Ni)nee
Urduہاں (Haan)haanنہیں (Nahi)na-hee
Uyghurھەئە (He)hehياق (Yağ)yah
UzbekHahaYo’qyoq
VietnameseVângvahngKhôngkohng
WelshIeyeahNanah
XhosaEweayChacha
Yiddishיא (Ya)yaניט (Nit)nit
YorubaBẹẹ̀bayBẹ́ẹ̀ lábay lah
ZuluYeboyeah-boChacha

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How To Say YES in Different Languages

  • Arabic: Say “Na’am.”
  • Armenian: Say a-yo.
  • Basque: Say “Bai.”
  • Czech: Say “Ano.”
  • Danish and Faroese: It is “Ja.” (Sounds like “yeah.”)
  • English: Say “Yes.” (Sounds like “yehss.”)
  • Esperanto: It is “Jes.” (Sounds like “yes.”)
  • Finnish: Say “Kyllä” or “Joo.”
  • French: Say “Oui” (Sounds like “we.”)
  • German, Dutch, Afrikaans, Swedish, Norwegian: It is “Ja.” (Sounds like “Yah.”)
  • Greek: Say “Nai” (Sounds like “n-ae.”)
  • Gujarati: Say “Haan.”
  • Hebrew (Yiddish): It is “Ken.”
  • Hindi: Say “Haan” (Pronounced “Haa.”)
  • Hindi and Urdu: Say “Haa’n” or “Gee.”
  • Icelandic: Say “Já” (Pronounced “Yow.”)
  • Indonesian and Malaysian: Say “Ya” (sounds like “Yah.”)
  • Irish: It is “Sea”. (Pronounced “Shah.”)
  • Italian: Say “Sí.” (Sounds like “see.”)
  • Japanese: It is “Hai.” (Sounds like “hi.”)
  • Kannada: Say ಹೌದು (how-du) / ಸರಿ (suh-ri).
  • Korean: Say “Ne” (네.)
  • Lithuanian: Say “Taip.”
  • Luxembourg: Say “Jo” (Sounds like “Yoh.”)
  • Mandarin when answering an “I am” question: Say “是 [Shi]” (Sounds like “Shr.”)
  • Marathi: Say “Ho.”
  • Persian: Say “Baleh” or “Areh.”
  • Polish: Say “tak” (Sounds like “tack.”)
  • Portuguese and Cape-Verdean Creole: It is “Sim” (Sounds like “sing.”)
  • Punjabi: Say “Hanji.”
  • Romanian: Say “Da.”
  • Russian: Say Да “Da.”
  • Scots dialect: Say “Aye” (Sounds like “eye.”)
  • Scottish Gaidhlig: Say “Tha” (Sounds like “ha.”)
  • Serbian, Croatian, Bulgarian: Say “Da.”
  • Slovak: Say “Áno.”
  • Slovene: Say “Ja” (or “Da” in highly official situations.)
  • Spanish: Say “Sí.” (Sounds like “see.”)
  • Swahili: It is “Ndiyo.” (Sounds like “nn-DEE-oh.”)
  • Swedish: It’s “Ja” (Sounds like YA.)
  • Tagalog: Say “Oo.” (Sounds like “AWE-awe.”)
  • Tamil: Say “Sari” (சரி) (pronounced sa-ri) or “Aam” (ஆம்) (sounds like Ām.)
  • Telugu: Say “Avunu.”
  • Turkish: Say “Evet” (Sounds like “ae-wet.”)
  • Urdu: Say “Haa’n.”
  • Welsh: Say “Ydw” or “Oes” (Sounds like “Uh-do” or “Oy-s.”)

How To Say NO in Different Languages

  • Arabic: Say “La.”
  • Armenian: Say “Che.” (Sounds like “cheh.”)
  • Basque: Say “Ez.” (Sounds like “ez.”)
  • Czech: Say “Ne.”
  • Danish, Faroese: Say “Nej.” (Sounds like “nay.”)
  • Dutch, Afrikaans: Say “Nee.” (Sounds like “nay.”)
  • English: Say “No.” (Sounds like “no.”)
  • Esperanto: Say “Ne.” (Sounds like “nay.”)
  • Finnish: Say “Ei.” (Sounds like “ay.”)
  • French: Say “Non.” (Sounds like “noh.”)
  • German: Say “Nein.” (Sounds like “nine.”)
  • Greek: Say “Ochi.” (Sounds like “o-hee.”)
  • Gujarati: Say “Nahi.”
  • Hebrew (Yiddish): Say “No.”
  • Hindi and Urdu: Say “Nahin.”
  • Hungarian: Say “Nem.”
  • Icelandic: Say “Nei.” (Sounds like “nay.”)
  • Indonesian and Malaysian: Say “Tidak.” (Sounds like “tee-dah.”)
  • Italian: Say “No.” (Sounds like “no.”)
  • Japanese: Say “Iie.” (Sounds like “ee-eh.”)
  • Kannada: Say “Illaa.” (Sounds like “illaa.”)
  • Korean: Say “Aniyo.” (Sounds like “ah-nee-oh.”)
  • Luxembourg: Say “Nee.” (Sounds like “nee.”)
  • Mandarin: Say “不是 [Bù shì].” (Sounds like “boo shuh.”)
  • Marathi: Say “Nahi.”
  • Persian: Say “Na” or “Nakh” (نه).
  • Polish: Say “Nie.” (Sounds like “nyeh.”)
  • Portuguese and Cape-Verdean Creole: Say “Não.” (Sounds like “now.”)
  • Punjabi: Say “Nahi.”
  • Romanian: Say “Nu.”
  • Russian: Say “Нет (Nyet).”
  • Scottish: Say “Na.” (Sounds like “na.”)
  • Serbian, Croatian, Bulgarian: Say “Ne.”
  • Slovak: Say “Nie.”
  • Slovene: Say “Ne.”
  • Spanish: Say “No.” (Sounds like “no.”)
  • Swahili: Say “Hapana.” (Sounds like “ha-pa-na.”)
  • Swedish: Say “Nej.” (Sounds like “nay.”)
  • Tagalog: Say “Hindi.” (Sounds like “heen-dee.”)
  • Tamil: Say “Illai.” (Sounds like “illai.”)
  • Telugu: Say “Kaadu.”
  • Turkish: Say “Hayır.” (Sounds like “high-eer.”)
  • Urdu: Say “Nahin.”
  • Welsh: Say “Nage.” (Sounds like “nag-eh.”)

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