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Hi everybody! Jae here. Welcome to Ask a Teacher, where I’ll answer some of your most common Korean questions.
The question for this lesson is…
How many ways can you say “yes” in Korean?
There are two formal ways to say “yes” in Korean. The one you might think of first is 네[ne]. But actually, the first official standard Korean word for “yes” is 예[ye]. Did you know that 네[ne] only became standard in 1988? Nowadays, people use both.
There are also two informal ways to say yes. If you’re talking with close friends, or people younger than you, you can use the words 응[eung] and 어[eo]. 응[eung] usually sounds cute and 어[eo] typically has a more masculine sound.
Let’s break it down with some examples so you know which “yes” to use and when to use it.
Say, for example, you’re talking to your boss. Your boss asks if you've finished the project you’ve been working on. To answer “yes,” you can use either 예 [ye] or 네 [ne]. 예 [ye] is a little more polite.
Let’s imagine another scenario where you’re talking to your friend. Your friend wants to know if you’re going to come over to his house tomorrow. In this case, you can use either 응[eung] or 어[eo].
In our last situation let’s imagine you’re talking to your mom. She is asking you if you’ve finished your homework yet. Now, some Koreans speak to their parents using polite Korean and some don’t... so this answer differs from family to family. In this case, you can use any of the words we've mentioned for “yes,” depending on the situation.
An interesting tip worth noting is that because 예[ye] was the original word for “yes” in Korean, the older generation tends to use it more. On the other hand, the younger generation tends to use 네[ne]... so it’s good to know both!
How was this lesson? Pretty interesting, right?
Do you have any more questions? Leave them in the comments below, and I’ll try to answer them!
See you next time. 다음 시간에 만나요. (Daeum-sigane mannayo.)

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Friday at 06:30 PM
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What Korean learning question do you have?

KoreanClass101.com Verified
Thursday at 03:36 AM
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Hi Carin,


Thank you for posting. 'Ne' is the correct way to say it. But, judging from all the questions we get, both 데 and 네 come from the same 'mouth placement', but one is nasal and one is not, and sometimes when Native Koreans (including myself--I tried saying 'ne' quickly in various sentences) speak quickly, the 'nasal' sound comes out sounding more strongly and ends up sounding like similar to the 'de' sound. But it is 네 and should properly be pronounced with 'n'. Sorry for the confusion.


Best,

Lyn

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Carin
Friday at 09:36 AM
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Just as Yan mentioned, I also hear "de" used a lot in the Korean dramas. Is this a slang version of "ne"?

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Saturday at 12:16 PM
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Hi Yan,


Thank you for posting. To answer your question, 네 is and should be pronounced as 'ne'.?


Cheers,

Lyn

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Yan
Friday at 11:06 AM
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Many times I hear people say de instead of ne, am I right or they mean something else?

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Friday at 12:01 PM
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Hi Colin,


LOL, yes, '예스' would work too. :smile:


Best,

Lyn

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Colin
Wednesday at 05:37 PM
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One more: 예스!