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. And after you learn the basics, try writing your own Korean sentences and get corrections from native speakers through HaruKorean, our 1:1 correction service.

  • Vishwajeet Dey

    Just quickly finished lesson 2 this is the easiest lessor for me and quite interesting and I enjoyed it a lot.

  • Aiman Furqan

    this is awesome as well confusing….but i will practice

  • maja

    Thank you for the lessons ! I really enjoy learning korean with you guys ! :)

  • Xudikov Igor

    тут всё на Английском ,

  • Leiza

    What a very good dicussion between YES and NO! :)) Kamsahamnida for the lesson. :)

  • Jack

    When speaking english, the woman in the video pronounces ‘f’ as ‘p’, i.e. ‘coppee’ and ‘conpused’, is this a common mispronunciation among Koreans who speak English?

    • fuuie

      The Korean phoneme set doesn’t have an F, so they pronounce F as P, which is the closest sound in their phoneme set. (Likewise, their phoneme set doesn’t have a Z so a Korean native will replace Z’s with J’s.)

    • 한여현

      ‘커피’ 이렇게? fuuie씨 맞아욤!

  • Jacqueline Elizabeth

    Thank you so much! for teaching us!!! the lessons are very entertained so, dont worry about that! See you in lesson 3! <3

  • Nightcodex

    I’m a bit confused as to how your write out “Yes that’s right” so I know how to pronounce it. I know the “Ne” part but the rest sounds like “Mah-jai-jo”… but I’m not sure if that is the correct pronunciation.

    • Flore

      That part is not needed, it’s part of their conversation… Look at the PDF.

    • TheInactiveWall

      It is needed if you want to say “yes that’s right” instead of just “uhu yep I get ya”, right?

    • https://www.facebook.com/yinara94 Noor M. Ahmed

      Late answer but hope it helps :)
      네, 맞아요. [ne, ma-ja-yo]

    • TheInactiveWall

      Nah not that late. Thanks for the help! :)

    • https://www.facebook.com/yinara94 Noor M. Ahmed

      Good to know that ~ You are welcome :)

  • preet

    I don’t know why but “nay” sounds often “dhay” to me …. Am I the only one ?

    • Seokjin Jin

      Many foreigners might agree with you. Because the position of tongue and the shape of mouth is same, they sound really similar. We pronounce 데 stronger than 네.

    • 한여현

      Nay아니에요, Ne이에요? ^^

  • Mel

    This is quite funny. In my first language (Czech), ne = no, ano = yes. So similar but the other way round. I guess I’ll be confused for some time.

    • Seokjin Jin

      Oh, I think I will be so confused if I go to Czech. Brrrr

    • 한여현

      화이팅 Mel씨! 나도 화이팅이에요! ^^

  • Sojin21

    Gamsahapnida! This helped me alot, I want to learn Korean because when I watch a Kdrama or a Korean Variety show I want to be able to watch it without subtitle so, gamsahapnida!

  • Sojin21

    I can say a few things in Korean because I watch alot of dramas and I listen to kpop.

    • Seokjin Jin

      Great! I will look forward to see your Korean comment next time.

    • 한여현

      나도, 소진씨! ^^

  • Zahra

    안녕하세요 ^^
    And sorry if I ask a lot of questions , I do that because I really interested to study Korean with you (my great teachers) :^) so the question is : (안입니다)(아닙니다)which is true ? And which situation can I use it
    At the end 감사합니다 ^^

    • Choomyun

      As far as i know, 아닙니다 is formed by the linking of 안 (negation) and 입니다 (is/are). So you use 아닙니다.

    • Zahra

      I get the point
      정말 감사합니다^^

  • Persona

    ne is like “mhm”?

    • 한여현

      Mhm은 응 (eung)? ^^

  • AnnDee

    Great lesson! I know “ne” and “aniyo” already but this lesson made the distinction between the two much clearer. The audio lessons are also very clear and helpful. Thanks a lot!

  • undi~

    Do anyone know where I can download a keyboard system that I can use to type the Korean characters? 감사함니다 ~

    • https://www.facebook.com/yinara94 Noor M. Ahmed

      This is an online korean keyboard :


      it’s helpful, too :)

    • Nick Hice

      I know on iphone (idk how on desktop or any other phone)
      You can go to your keyboard settings and add the hangul keyboard

    • https://www.facebook.com/Tiiweetyy 노하

      you can write in google that ” korean keyboard” and you’ll find it : )

  • https://www.facebook.com/yinara94 Noor M. Ahmed

    안녕하세요 ~ I knew the (네, 아니요) before but didn’t know all these details ~ 감사합니다 for this useful lesson :)

    • Seokjin Jin

      Thanks for your comment. We are so pleased to help you.

  • Dahlia

    I am very much enjoying the lessons. I have already been watching Korean movies and dramas in subtitles for a year or so. The lessons have helped with my comprehension and pronunciation. From the titles I watched I had already learned a few words. My first word was haru. I will continue your lessons daily. Thank you so much for producing them.


      Lol my first word was pabo. So, what is your favorite Korean movie or kdrama? Mine is Boys Over Flowers and Werewolf Boy

  • Desiree

    While listening to this lesson when 선현우 got to 7:42 I said “네.” to my computer!

  • Christine Gonzalvo

    안녕하세요:) i really learn how to use “neh” and “aniyo” 감사합니다 :)

    i hope someday i can speak straight in korean :)

    • 한여현

      Ne 아니에요?

  • aniek

    uhm, i don’t know anything about writing in korean. so do korean people also understand “ne” and “aniyo” if you typ it like this

    • Baku Leo

      If they know how to pronounce/read this alphabet, then yes, however if they have no knowledge of English/this alphabet whatsoever then no. If you’re learning Korean you should consider learning Hanguel and buying some keyboard stickers so you can type in it. The stickers are cheap ($3-5 at most) and it’s very useful! Even if you managed to learn the language, you’d be considered illiterate if you couldn’t write/read it.
      Hope I helped!

    • aniek

      okey, thanks a lot :)

  • Sojin21

    Can you make a video on how to type in korean? I want to learn how to type in Korean.

  • Sojin21

    Can you make a lesson on typing in korean? Do you have a lesson on the korean alphabet?

  • Kaye O’Malley


    I feel this lesson is really clear on what the meanings of 네 and 아니요 are, however, my experience with English has been different from what is experienced in the lesson. I wanted to provide some feedback on that. (yeah, I know I’m being nit picky but I also do line edits for a small publisher :D).

    From what I have seen growing up in Oklahoma, Texas, and California(Yeah, I’m from the states.) is that some native English speakers get really confused with answers after they ask a negative question. When yes or no is said to a question like “You don’t like coffee?” the person asking is usually very confused unless a sentence is said afterwards to the equivalent of “I like Coffee” or “I don’t like Coffee.” Once the sentence is said then it doesn’t matter whether yes or no was said before that.

    There might be clear rules in the proper English language as to which is more correct(yes or no), but in practice both are used and understood. Much like a double-negative is supposed to mean a positive, but is used quite a bit to just mean a negative.

    Also, two positives aren’t supposed to make a negative, but in practice there are times when the phrasing “yeah, right” actually means no.


  • Lloyd

    커피 좋아요? 네! 소주는? 아니요!

    • 한여현

      난 커피가 좋아하지 않아요! ㅎㅎ ^^

  • Bruninho

    Para entender o idioma koreano, é preciso pensar totalmente diferente!

  • malak

    could someone please write the word that follows” neh” in english letters because i cant pronounce it

    • mapleserap

      Neh – Yes
      Aniyo – No
      Majayo/Machayo – That’s right!

    • 한여현

      Yes: 네 (Ne)
      No: 아니요 (Aniyo)
      Majayo: 맞아요 (Majayo)

      (According to the 한글 (Hangeul)’s romanization)

    • Dhex

      You can also download their pdf file so it will help you..

    • 한여현

      Yes: 네 (Ne)

  • PenguinBeng

    Wow, it’s kinda confusing.. But in time, I hope I get used to it. ㅋㅋㅋ
    For now, I’ll remember those words (네 and 아니요)

    But, by the way.. I’ve read from another site (I forgot where…I’ve read it quite a long ago) that when it comes to Joseon Era or waay back then.. People say 아니오 instead of 아니요. Is that true?

  • Mystic

    my first language is polish, second english, but it is really hard to learn 3rd language from the 3rd different group of languages ;d

    propably without you guys i wouldn’t handle this :)
    see ya at the last lesson :3

  • jeon jean jungkook

    i hope i practice korean …<3

  • 수메예

    Those are the same in Turkey 네 and 아니요 because we are the same language family so I understood easily 감사합기다 ^-^ I meet TTMIK new i hope i learn Korean

    • dannyR

      Turkish is an Indo-European language. Korean’s connections are undetermined. It was once speculated to be in the Altaic family, but is now regarded as a language isolate, like Basque and Hungarian.

      However, both are agglutinative languages; in that respect they are of the same type.

    • Guest

      Uh… no? Turkish belongs to the Altaic branch of the Ural-Altaic family of languages.

  • クリスタル マリア

    I like this, 감사합니다

  • Dhex

    Hello this is my first time to post here in TTMIK :)
    Im just kinda confuse.. I cant remember where Ived read it. That 예 is also formal way of saying yes? Is this right? Aside from 네.. Thank you..

  • Ru

    이거 라면 좋어요? 내, 좋어요.
    그거 물 이에요? 내, 맞아요.

    • 한여현

      이거 라면 좋(아)요? (네), 좋(아)요.
      그게 물이에요? (네), 맞아요.

      그런게 아니에요, Ru씨?

    • Ru

      감가합니다 !!^^

  • oreeo

    hello! May i know if someone says this to me, “Are you going for lunch now?” Which should be the reply?
    1. 네
    2. 맞아요
    3. 네 맞아요

    Thanks! :)