Don't say "YES" all the time ❌: 5 alternatives to "YES" ✅

Image illustration Elisabeth newsletter

🎁 Get 3 gifts to improve your French

They will allow you to overcome a blockage. Panicking or not understanding when someone speaks to you in French 🤯.

They are free and without obligation 🙏.

Leave your name and email to receive your gifts ⬇️

It's free and you can unsubscribe at any time 🙏

Don't say "YES" all the time ❌: 5 alternatives to "YES" ✅


Hello everyone. Welcome to another French lesson. Today, we're going to look together at some synonyms for the word "oui" to accept a proposal or to validate something that someone tells you.

The synonyms for "yes" that we're going to look at today are words used in colloquial language. That's the first thing to keep in mind. We're going to see words in colloquial language. The second thing to keep in mind is that these synonyms for "yes" are not used in all contexts.

Some will be used to respond positively to a proposal or request and others will be used to answer questions about yourself, your likes and dislikes, etc. Sometimes these words will also be used in both contexts. We're going to see two or three contextualizations each time, of course, as I usually do.

The aim of this video is to help you understand when you watch movies, series or listen to French people talking. Because in everyday life, we often use these synonyms for "yes" or "okay".

Before you start, don't forget to put a like on the video. If you are not yet a subscriber, please subscribe and turn on the bell to receive all my videos and not miss any.

Let's start with the first one, which is synonymous with "yes," and that is "it works." It works. It works is yes, in the sense of agreeing. It works, you use it to respond positively to a request or proposal. You agree with a piece of information. Can you help me make pancakes for a snack? It works. I'll be there in five minutes. You can bring your speaker to listen to music at the party. You got it. I'll put it in my bag right away so I don't forget it.

It's okay. It's just like "it's working", it's a synonym for "yes" to say "okay". You agree with a proposal or you agree to do something that is asked of you. What time does the party start? Tonight at 9pm. Okay, I'll be there. That's fine with you. Could you pick up two bottles of milk at the supermarket please? Sure. I'll put it on my shopping list.

OK. Ok, again, it is used as "agree" to answer positively to a proposal or a request. It's an anglicism that's really used a lot in French, especially in writing. It's really used a lot.

How about a weekend at the beach next month? OK, I'll take two days off. Can you help me revise my French? OK, give me your vocabulary sheet, I'll help you revise.

Yeah. Yeah. Yeah, it's a derivative of yes. Yeah. Yeah, it's used both to respond positively to requests, to proposals, but also to questions about you. For example, if someone asks you what job you do or what you like to eat to questions about you, about your tastes. Yeah, it's even more familiar than "OK" or "it works".

Did you have a good weekend? Yeah, very good. How about you, I order a pizza tonight? Yeah, that sounds good. Can you pass the salt, please? Yeah, here.

Yes, it's definitely "yes" in English, but more and more, it is used in French, really in conversations between friends, in familiar conversations. Very quickly, we say "yes" instead of oui.

Again, here it can be used both to respond positively to requests, proposals or questions about you. It is mostly the younger people who will use this word "yes". For example, our grandparents, obviously, will not use it. Did you reserve the restaurant for tonight? Yes! I made a reservation at 8:00 pm. Can you hand me the remote control? Yes! Here it is! You did an Erasmus in Italy, right? Yes, I did my Erasmus in Rome.

And finally, a little bonus, but which is actually a derivative of "yeah" and "yes". We change the last letters for a "p" we'll say "yep" or "yep". Again, this is very, very familiar. It's the younger kids that are going to use that. And "yep" can be written in different ways. Either "o u a i p" or "o u e p".

Do you want a tea? Yep, I'll have some please. You're doing a master's in psychology, right? Yep, at the Sorbonne in Paris. Here, but like "yeah" and "yes", we use it to answer either to requests, proposals, but also to personal questions.

If you liked this video, don't forget to put a like and most importantly, subscribe. See you next week.

Share this article

My French lessons 🇫🇷

Dialogue courses to improve your French

Boost your understanding in French 🚀

40 conversations + cards to understand everyday French.

You understand French spoken at school or in movies but you panic when you have a real conversation with a native French speaker 😱 ?

Work on your listening comprehension with 40 dialogues from daily life in France (+ vocabulary cards + comprehension quiz).

Each month, a new dialogue is added.

45 minutes of conversation with Elisabeth

Boost your French speaking 🚀

45 minutes of conversation in French with me (+ working document)

Want to practice your French speaking skills, gain fluency and confidence? Book a private conversation session with me.

More than a simple conversation, I accompany you in your progression...

At the end of each session, I will send you a PDF summary sheet with your mistakes and corrections.

90 days to progress in French

90 days of exercises to progress in French

90 days to progress in French through your daily life.

This booklet will guide you through your day to improve your French in 15 minutes a day.

Free resources that might interest you

Chelou in French

"Chelou" - Definition, French pronunciation

📖 Definition of "Chelou / C'est chelou / il est chelou" The expression "Chelou" means that something is shady, unclear, hard to believe. It is the word "louche" in verlant, backwards. When we say that someone is

Videos that might interest you

Scroll to Top