Level 1 Lesson 2 / Yes, No, What? / 네, 아니요, 네?

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After listening to this lesson, when you are asked a YES/NO question, you will be able to answer that question with either YES or NO in Korean.

네. [ne] = Yes.
아니요. [aniyo] = No.

But in Korean, when people say “네”, it is not the same as saying “Yes.” in English. The same goes for “아니요” too. This is because the Korean “네” expresses your “agreement” to what the other person said. And “아니요” expresses your “disagreement” or “denial” to what the other person said.

You can view the PDF here or download it here, or if you want to study with our TalkToMeInKorean textbooks, you can get them here.

  • Hifza

    In urdu word “Ji ” is same as “ne”. it could be many things. & this lesson was very helpful. Thank you.

  • Muhammad Bin Noroz

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  • Muhammad Bin Noroz

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  • Curter

    I just heard aniyo only couple of times… rest of 7 minutes all i heard NE???? one thing i learned for sure, no matter whether you know korean or not, you can always escape with NE :D :D
    that’ll help me in my upcoming korea tour…

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  • Curter

    wait a moment, just finished watching couple of korean dramas and films with subs and heard the actors saying negative which sounds more like “de” instead of “ne”! or they were still saying ne sounding like de? or its a word mix of d and n? now that’s puzzled me :S

    • 미게

      i think the first consonant of the words its more stressed in korean so 네 sound like almost de or 물 sound like bul.

    • Curter

      so which should i pronounce ? ne or de? cause i’ve tried hard to pronounce in between… :/

    • Pressed In

      “de” (not to be confused with 데) is the same as “ne” which is “네” but “de” is used often simply because people speak differently; supposedly it takes more concentration to say “ne” instead of “de” as it requires more effort, and it takes slightly longer to pronounce “ne” than “de”. Its kind of like how some Americans pronounce “milk” as “melk”. In rare cases you could get criticized on your pronunciation skills if you use “de” instead of “ne”.If anything, since it is the proper pronunciation of “네” which is used in formal context, you should use “ne”

    • Curter

      thanks for this better explanation… i really appreciate it… i understand about different dialect issues and so… i’ll practice this with my korean friends at school…

  • AyraAriendera

    i want to say that I did not drink this wate,! so it right if i say ‘나는 이것 물을 안 마신다어요’

    • 미게

      저는 이 물을 마시지 않았어요

      나 is informal for i and 저 its formal for I, so the final conjugation 요 which is formal must match during the whole sentence.

      이 mean this, 이것 mean this thing and its not really necessary.

      마시다 to conjugate this in formal past tense you should replace the verb stem 다 whit 었어요

      so it would be 안 마셨어요 or also could be 마시지 않았어요.

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  • Shogo Yamada

    Ne sounds very similar to the japanese equivalent “so desu”. They mean roughly the same thing according to your explanation.

    • FinalFaerieGamer

      Basically. The Japanese word for “yes” is “hai”, but “So desu ne?” means “It is, isn’t it?” It is used about the same way as the Korean phrase, “Ne, majayo.”

  • FinalFaeriePrincessGamer

    I was teaching this lesson to my dad and comparing it to the Japanese and English words, and it went something like this:

    “The Korean word for ‘yes’ is ‘ne’, and ‘no’ is ‘aniyo’.”
    “And the Japanese word is ‘hai’.”
    “Ne. But ne can also just mean that you are paying attention.”
    “Like ‘yeah’.”
    “That means… ‘Do you understand?’ Right?”
    “It can also mean, ‘What?’ if you say it like it’s a question.”
    “But if I ask you a negative question, and you disagree, you need to answer positively to make your answer negative, like with math.”
    “Like if I ask you, ‘Aren’t there any dishes to wash?’ Then if there aren’t, you would say ‘Ne,’ or ‘Yeah.'”
    “Oh, yeah.”
    “And ‘no’ is ‘aniyo’?”
    “Ne is yes.”

    It went on, but I can’t remember anymore. I do remember at one point we just kept saying “yeah”, “ne”, and “hai” over and over until finally Dad switched to Spanish and I busted out in full Latin.

  • Rose

    The word 네 sort of reminds me of the English expressions ‘uh-huh’ and ‘huh?’
    Though, it seems 네 can be used in a more polite manner.

    Great Lesson! 감사합니다!

    • JooyeonPark

      Yes, right! :ㅇ
      Thank you for studying with us!