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.)

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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”?

  • 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/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.

  • Desiree

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