In this lesson, we will take a look at how to say “yes” in Korean. When it comes to Korean, it is probably as simple as it will ever get since all variations only contain one syllable! Sounds pretty easy, doesn’t it? Well, let’s take a look!
Ne / Ye (in Hangul: 네 / 예)
The Formal and Polite Way
The most common and standard way to say “yes” in Korean is to use the word “ne” (Hangul: 네). “Ye” (예) is synonymous with “ne” and can be used interchangeably. Note that “ye” can sound a bit more polite than “ne.” You would use “ne” or “ye” when:
You are talking to someone older than you.
You are not sure if they are older or younger than you than you and you’re not close friends.
You are talking to a group of people.
In formal situations, like a debate.
You are unsure if the situation requires formal or informal Korean.
Ung / Eoh (in Hangul: 응 / 어)
The Informal Way
In less formal situations, you would use the word “ung” (Hangul: 응) or “eoh” (어). Again, both of these are synonymous and can be used interchangeably but “ung” sounds a bit cuter and “eoh” tends to sound a bit manlier. You would use “ung” or “eoh” when:
You are talking to your friends or siblings.
You are talking to someone younger than you.
If you liked this lesson, please check out our lessonon how to say “no” in Korean. And if you have any comments or questions, make sure to leave a comment below and we’ll do our best to help you out!
By: Kimchi Cloud
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