Yes in Russian: 12 ways to express agreement

It seems that a simple word “Yes” is enough to agree with someone and there are no other options. In fact, there are many ways to express agreement. Today you will learn the most common of them.

1.  Да!

This is the most widely-used word to express agreement in Russian. You can use it in any situation, both formal and communication with friends. This word can be used both independently and with other variants presented below.

Pronounce it like [да / da].

The English equivalent is “Yes!”

Usage example: Are you ready for the lesson? — Yes (Да), I’m ready.

2.  Ага!

This is the colloquial version of the word “Yes”. Use it in conversations between close people, for example, with friends.

Pronounce it like [аг̀а / ag̀a].

The English equivalent is “Yeah! Yep!

Usage example: Look how well that turned out! — Yeah! (Ага!)

3.  Конечно!

This is another popular way to express agreement in Russian. It is suitable for any situation. In conjunction with “yes”, as in “Yes, of course”, it expresses absolute, unconditional agreement.

Pronounce it like [кан’̀эшна / kaǹeshna].

The English equivalent is “Of course! Sure! Certainly!

Usage example: Will you come? — Of course (Конечно), I promised.

4.  Хорошо!

Use it in informal speech. It most often means “I agree”, “Let it be so” and is a more literary option for the completely colloquial version “O. K.”

Pronounce it like [хараш̀о / harash̀o].

The English equivalent is “Okay!

Usage example: Will you buy milk? — Okay! (Хорошо!)

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5.  Действительно!

Use it when you confidently confirm someone’s words or agree with someone else’s statement.

Pronounce it like [д’ийств’`ит’ил’на / diystv̀itil’na].

The English equivalent is “Indeed!

Usage example: Have you forgotten that you cannot do this? — Indeed (Действительно), I forgot.

6.  (Совершенно) верно!

It expresses absolute agreement with the speaker’s words, a polite form of agreement.

Pronounce it like [сав’ирш̀эна в’̀эрна/ savirsh̀ena v̀erna].

The English equivalent is “Right! True! Correct!

Usage example: Is this the correct translation? — True! (Совершенно верно!)

7.  Разумеется!

This option is suitable to express full agreement with other people’s words, to confirm others’ words when you are sure of it. It corresponds in meaning to “of course”, “undoubtedly.”

Pronounce it like [разум’̀эйица / razum̀eyitsa].

The English equivalent is “Sure! Of course!

Usage example: May I be honest with you? — Of course! (Разумеется!)

8.  Согласен!

This is an affirmative answer to anything with a touch of permission. It is used when an agreement has been reached, as well.

Pronounce it like [сагл`ас’ин / sagl̀asin].

The English equivalent is “I agree!

Usage example: I think you should take a special approach here. — I agree (Согласен).

 

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9.  Это так!

It is another option to express agreement that is suitable for any situation: both in a formal situation and informal communication.

Pronounce it like [̀эта так / ̀eta tak].

The English equivalent is “It is so! That is so!

Usage example: I couldn’t get through to you all evening. You were probably not at home, were you? — Yes, it is so (Да, это так).

10.  Не вопрос!

This set conversational expression means complete confidence. It corresponds to “undoubtedly”, “of course”.

Pronounce it like [н’э вапр̀ос / ne vapr̀os].

The English equivalent is “No problem! Of course!

Usage example: Will you help me make a pie? — Sure, no problem! (Да не вопрос!)

11.  Безусловно!

This is one of the most emotional ways to agree. Use it in both formal and non-formal settings. However, it is more common in official communication.

Pronounce it like [б’изусл`овна / bizusl̀ovna].

The English equivalent is “Sure thing! By all means! Certainly!

Usage example: Should I put a comma in this sentence? — Certainly! (Безусловно!)

12.  Правда!

This option is close in meaning to “true”, can be used in any situation but is more common in informal communication.

Pronounce it like [пр̀авда / pr̀avda].

The English equivalent is “That’s right! True! Correct!

Usage example: They say you got married. — True! (Правда!)

Now you know how to say “Yes” in Russian. Learn these phrases, try to use them as often as possible, and gradually they will naturally fit into your speech. 

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