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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?


    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.


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