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Stop Saying Sí: 10 Ways to Express Agreement in Spanish

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I'm sure you already know how to say yes in Spanish, but nothing causes a conversation to fizzle faster than short, abrupt, one-word answers.

When you are first learning Spanish, your natural desire will be to respond with what you are comfortable saying- sí, no, gracias.

However, if you want to step up your game and venture into a truly meaningful conversation, you have to step out of the comfort zone.

Although “sí” is a great starting point, there are many other ways to express agreement in Spanish.

Here are a few commonly used phrases and examples of how to use them:

1) ClaroOf course, clearly

¿Quieres ir al cine mañana?

–¡Claro, vamos!

Do you want to go to the movies tomorrow?

– Of course, let’s go!

2) Creo que síI think so. (Literally: I believe that yes).

¿Amalia viene a la fiesta?

– Creo que sí.

Is Amalia coming to the party?

– I think so.

3) ExactoExactly.

¿Así que te gusta correr más que jugar fútbol?

–Exacto.

So you like to run more than play soccer?

– Exactly.

4) Así es That’s right.

¿Tu hermana viene a visitar mañana?

–¡Así es!

Your sister is coming to visit tomorrow?

– That’s right!

5) Supongo que síI guess so. (Literally: I suppose that yes)

¿Está bien si comemos pizza hoy?

–Supongo que sí.

Is it ok if we eat pizza today?

I guess so.

6) Estoy de acuerdoI agree.

Yo creo que Pablo está enojado con su novia.

–Estoy de acuerdo. ¡Ni hablaron!

I think Pablo is mad at his girlfriend.

–I agree. They didn’t even talk!

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7) Tienes razón  You’re right.

Este programa es muy aburrido.

–¿Tienes razón, hacemos algo más?

This show is really boring.

– You’re right, should we do something else?

8) Está bien →  That’s fine, OK

¿Te llamo mañana a las 8?

–Está bien.

Can I call you tomorrow at 8?

–That’s fine.

9) Por supuestoOf course.

¿Vas a cenar conmigo?

–¡Por supuesto!

Are you going to eat dinner with me?

– Of course!

10) Sin duda → Without a doubt.

Si corro 5 millas hoy me van a doler las piernas.

–Sin duda.

If I run 5 miles my legs will hurt.

– Without a doubt.

 

Next time you want to say “sí,” try one of these phrases instead.

You will have a more natural conversation in Spanish and sound more like a native speaker.

Tamara

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