15 Unique Ways To Say Yes In Spanish

What’s the equivalent of saying yes in Spanish?

The answer is ‘Sí’

Simple, right? 

Pronunciation is easy too.

It’s the same sound as the word “see” in English.

However, if you watch a Colombian or a Spanish movie, you’ll notice that people use other expressions to say ‘Yes’ in Spanish.

In this blog post, you’ll learn some of those ways to respond affirmatively to questions in this language.

Make sure to take notes because learning this will prepare you to understand when native speakers say ‘yes’ in unique ways.

In fact, at the end of the post, I’ll share with you some special Colombian terms to communicate this idea.

So, are you ready to learn some of the native speakers’ secrets?

Let’s get started!

1- Sí

There isn’t much to say about this expression.

It’s super straightforward.

Someone asks a question, and if you want to respond affirmatively and say:

‘Sí’.

Of course, there are some additions in this language that people use to show some respect to the other person.

Like when you want to say ‘yes sir’, ‘yes ma’am’, or ‘yes miss’.

Then you could say:

  • Sí señor (Yes sir). 
  • Sí señora (Yes Ma’am).
  • Sí señorita (Yes miss).

keep in mind that ‘Señorita’ is used to refer to a young lady.

And even though ‘Señorito’ seems like you could use it for young men, this isn’t culturally correct.

In other words, nobody says that!

Here are some examples:

Context: Someone looking for a teacher at a school.

—¿Eres el profesor? (Are you the teacher?)

—Sí, yo soy el profesor (yes, I am the teacher.)

Context: An agent asking questions at the airport.

—¿Solo está aquí por turismo? (Are you here only for tourism?).

—Sí, señor. Solo turismo (Yes sir, only tourism).

Context: A woman asking another person for water.

—¿Tienes un poco de agua? (Do you have some water?).

—Sí, señora. Deme un segundo, voy a traterla (Yes, ma’am. Give me a sec, I’ll go find it).

Context: A young lady asking to talk with another person.

—¿Puedo hablar un momento con usted? (Can I talk to you for a moment?)

—Sí señorita (Yes miss).

2- Que Sí

the word yes written on sand

This particular phrase is very common in the Spanish-speaking world when people want to emphasize a ‘yes’.

You know, like when you already said yes, and you lose your patience a little bit, so you want to highlight that you already said ‘yes’.

Like if you were saying:

 “I said yes”

For example:

Son: ¿Papá va a venir a visitarnos? (Is dad going to come visit us?)

Mom: Que sí, ya me preguntaste eso varias veces (I said yes, you already asked that several times)

Another way people use ‘Que sí’ is when you bring a ‘yes’ from other people.

You know like when someone tells you to go ask a question to another person.

You go do it, the other president says yes, and then you go back to the one who made the original question and you say “Que sí”.

For instance:

—¿Le preguntaste a papá si vendrá a cenar hoy? (Did you ask dad if he’s coming for dinner tonight?).

—Sí, mamá (Yes, mom).

—¿Y qué dijo? (And what did he say?).

—Que sí (he said yes).

3- Claro

That expression translated to English means ‘clear’.

However far from that meaning, it means something like “of course”?

If you use this to say yes, you’re communicating that you absolutely agree, support, or confirm what the other person is saying.

For example:

—¿Tienes dinero? (Do you have money?)

—Claro (Of course)

—¿Seguro que vienes a cenar? (Are you sure you’re coming for dinner?).

—Claro(Of course).

4- Por Supuesto 

This phrase is the exact translation of “Of course”.

And if you’re wondering how to use it, then you have to know that it’s exactly the same as when you use it in English.

You know, If you say:

“Of course”

You’re just expressing that something is obvious.

For example:

—¿Te gustan los perros? (Do you like dogs?).

—¡Por supuesto! (Of course).

5- Obvio

And speaking of obvious things…

If you literally want to say that something is affirmative, you may use the expression:

“Obvio”

It means obvious or obvious.

When people use it as a yes it’s more like “ it’s obvious” or “that’s obvious”.

For instance:

—¿Te gusta el helado? (Do you like icecream?)

—Obvio (Obviously)

6- Claro/ Por Supuesto/ Obvio + Que sí

woman saying ok emotionally

When Spanish native speakers want to be a little more clear on their yeses, they combine any of these expressions with “Que sí”:

Like this:

  • Claro que sí
  • Por supuesto que sí
  • Obvio que sí

Now, if you try to translate that, you’ll get some weird results like:

  • Clear that yes.
  • Of course that yes
  • Obvious that yes.

But, don’t let yourself be fooled by English translations.

That’s not what they mean!

When people say any of these phrases, they just want to be extra clear on their ‘yes’.

In other words, this is just another way to show that something is obviously affirmative.

Something like when you say “Of course, I do” in your mother language.

For instance:

—¿Puedes ayudarme con mi tarea? (Can you help me with my homework?).

—Claro que sí (Of course I can)-

—¿Me amas? (Do you love me?)

—Por supuesto que sí (Of course I do)

—Trajiste tu pasaporte? (Did you bring your passport?)

—Obvio que sí (Of course I did)

7- Afirmativo

Another way to say yes in Spanish is using the ‘military’ way.

You know like in English when people say affirmative.

You don’t need to belong to the army to say this phrase, people just throw it around in their conversations all the time.

I guess this is some kind of funny way to say ‘yes’ in Spanish.

Here’s an example:

—Ya es hora de almorzar, ¿no? (It’s time for lunch, isn’t it?)

—¡Afirmativo! (Affirmative!)


Related: 20 Funny Spanish Phrases That Native Speakers Use In Their Daily Conversations


8- Siempre 

I had a couple of English-speaking friends who used to say that Spanish native speakers were a little exaggerated when they spoke.

To be honest, I agree.

I guess we just like to express ourselves in a memorable and clear way.

For example, if you really want to say ‘yes’ the clearest way possible, then you may say “siempre”.

And yes if we translate this, we’re going to get ‘always’.

You may use that in different contexts, but you might also use it to give a very firm yes.

For instance:

—¿De verdad quieres venir a la fiesta? (Do you really want to come to the party)

—¡Siempre!

—¿Me puedes préstar dinero? (Can you lend me some money?)

—Siempre.

I guess the bottom line of saying yes this way, is expressing that your answer to the question you’re replying to is always a yes.

9- Verb + Pues

This formula to say ‘yes’ in Spanish is widely used across some Spanish-speaking countries.

I’m not sure if people use it in every country, but I’ve heard people from Venezuela and Colombia (my home town) using it.

Native speakers use it to accept an invitation positively to do a certain action.

In English, it would be like if you were saying let’s… (do something).

For example:

—¿Qué tal si jugamos video juegos? (What if we play video games?)

—¡Juguemos pues! (Let’s Play)

—¿Empezamos a trabajar ya? (Do we start working now?)

—¡Empecemos pues! (let’s work).

10- Sip

This expression is just a playful way to say ‘yes’ in Spanish.

Notice that it’s very similar to “Sí”.

The only difference here is the ‘p’ at the end of the word.

This is exactly, the same thing you do in English when you want to say “Yep” or “Yup” as you reply affirmatively instead of saying ‘Yes’.

This is always a very friendly way to say ‘yes’ in Spanish.

For instance:

—¿Puedes préstarme un lápiz? (Can you lend me a pencil please?)

—Sip(Yep!)

—Vienes a la playa con nosotros? (Are you coming to the beach with us?) 

—¡Sip! ( yep!)

11- Aja

You know that moment when you want to reply to a question with just some affirmative noise?

You know, you’re not using words, but your tone and the noise you make with your voice sounds like a positive answer.

Like in English when you go “Mmhumm”.

“Aja” is exactly one of those positive noises Spanish native speakers use when they don’t use words.

The pronunciation is something like “AH-HA”

Here’s an example:

—¿Entonces tu perro se comió tu tarea? (So you’re a dog ate your homework?)

—Aja

—¿Segura que quieres comprar esos zapatos? (Are you sure you want to buy those shoes?)

—Aja 

How Do People Say ‘Yes’ In Colombian Spanish?

colombian framer displaying a cup of coffee

As you know, Latin America is a huge continent.

And Spain adds way more people to the bucket of people who speak Spanish around the world.

Experts have even dared to say that almost 500 million people speak this language around the globe.

That’s a lot of people! 

And that’s the reason why each region and each country may put an extra layer of flavor to the Spanish language.

For example, in The city where I live (Medellín, Colombia) people modify the word “sí” and say “yes” at the same time. 

I guess I better call his modifications slang. 

And some of these words to say ‘yes’ are these:

  1. Sizas
  2. Sizarras
  3. Silas

If you replace “Sí” with any of them, you’ll be saying ‘yes’ like young people do in Colombia. 

For example: 

  • ¿Quieres una cerveza? (Would you like a beer?)
  • Sizas (yeah!)

Related: ¿Cómo es Medellín? Mira Los Peligros Que Corres En Esta Ciudad


Now, there’s a very particular phrase to respond affirmatively to invitations in Colombia:

15- Hágale pues

It might work as a ‘yes’, or it might also work as an okay for some particular contexts.

It works pretty much as number 9 on today’s list. 

The difference here is that this is a fixed phrase, which means that it never changes like the number 9 does with verbs. 

This phrase is always the same and Colombians use it for responding positively to invitations.

Something like a ‘Yes, let’s do it’… or simply ‘let’s do it’.

Here are some examples of how people use it in Colombia:

—¿Nos vamos a meter a la piscina? (Are we going into the pool?)

—Hágale pues (let’s do it)

—¿Quieres venir a la fiesta con nosotros? ( do you want to come to the party with us?)

—Hágale pues (Let’s do it) 


Related: How To Say Okay In Spanish The Colombian Way


Conclusion

And there you go!

Today you’ve learned 15 different ways to say yes in Spanish.

Remember that the most universal and accurate way to say yes is “Sí”.

But this list went ahead to help you be ready for when native speakers throw some unique expressions at you.

For example, as we covered today, you may face slang expressions or even fixed phrases from a specific region.

Like those Colombian ones, I taught you! 

By the way…

Do you know more ways to say ‘Yes’ in Spanish?

Perhaps something you heard in another country?

Let me know in the comments below:

Diego Cuadros is a blogger and a Spanish online teacher. He uses stories to help Spanish lovers understand fast-speaking native speakers, so they don't freeze and panic in conversations.

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