11 Ways to say Yes in Russian: Classic, Weird and Unexpected

Да is one of the first and easiest words you'll learn in Russian. But did you know that a combination of Да with some other words can change its meaning and that, apart from Да, there are other ways to express agreement?

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Да is one of the first and easiest words you'll learn in Russian. 

But, did you know that a combination of Да with some other words can change its meaning and that, apart from Да, there are other ways to express agreement?

I’ll give you some examples. Most of them are usually used in oral communication. The intonation is really important, so I’ll put in some audio as well.

1. Да (Yes)

Easy peasy. Да is the word for Yes, which can be used in any situation.

  • Ты хочешь есть? (Are you hungry?)
  • Да. (Yes, I am.)

2. Да нет (literally “yes no”) means НЕТ (No)

This is probably the most curious combination in Russian. It is pronounced with a stress on Нет. We say it when the answer is NO, but we are not very sure.

  • У тебя есть планы на вечер? (Do you have any plans for the evening?)
  • Да нет. (I guess, no.)

3. Да да да (Yes yes yes)

It is pronounced as one word. We say it when we want to emphasise that the answer is Yes.

  • Это тот самый ресторан, о котором ты говорила? (Is this the restaurant you talked about?)
  • Да да да. (Yes, it is.)

4. Ну да (Yes)

It is pronounced as one word with a stress on Да, and can add various meanings to Yes. It depends on the context and on the speaker’s intentions. 

Sometimes, we say Ну да when we feel uncomfortable or don’t want to answer a particular question. 

  • На работе всё хорошо? (Is everything fine at work?)
  • Ну да.

Sometimes, we say it when the answer seems so obvious that there is really no need to ask this question. 

  • Я работаю по 10 часов каждый день. (I work 10 hours every day.)
  • Ты, наверное, очень устаёшь. (You must be very tired.)
  • Ну да.

Ну да can not only be used as an answer to a direct question but also as a reaction to something (usually something negative) said by your interlocutor when you agree with it. 

  • Из-за кризиса почти невозможно найти работу. (It’s almost impossible to find a job because of the crisis.)
  • Ну да.

5. Да ну

Again, you pronounce it as one word, this time with a stress on Ну. It can have two different meanings, neither of which is Yes. The Russian language is full of surprises, isn’t it?

5.1. Да ну can be used as “Really?”

It expresses surprise or disbelief. In this case, it is pronounced with an interrogative intonation.

  • Этот телефон стоит 2000 евро. (This mobile costs 2000 euros.)
  • Да ну? (Really?)

5.2. Да ну + a Noun or a Personal Pronoun

This combination can be translated as “Forget about it / Leave it / Screw it.”

  • Этот телефон стоит 2000 евро. (This mobile costs 2000 euros.)
  • Сколько? Да ну его. Пойдем в другой магазин. (How much? Forget about it. Let’s go to another shop.)

6. Да ладно

This expression also has various meanings. The intonation will change according to the meaning. 

6.1. Да ладно can mean “Really?”

As well as Да ну, Да ладно can be used like “Really?”. We say it when we are surprised or don’t believe something that has just been said.

  • Помнишь Катю? Она открыла свой магазин. (Do you remember Katya? She opened her own shop.)
  • Да ладно. (Really?)

6.2. Да ладно can mean “No worries.”

Да ладно can start a phrase with a general meaning “No worries.”

  • Прости, забыла принести твою флешку. (Sorry, I forgot to bring your pendrive.)
  • Да ладно, завтра принесёшь. (Don’t worry, you can bring it tomorrow.)

7. Ага (Yeah)

It’s a colloquial word for Yes. We don’t say it very often, but you can still hear it in some situations. For example, in this cartoon:

Ага! can also be used as an exclamation like Aha!

  • Ага! Вот ты где! (Aha! Here you are.)

8. Конечно (Of course / Sure)

We say it a lot. It’s a nice way to avoid repeating Да all the time. It may also create an illusion that you are an advanced speaker of Russian :) 

  • Поможешь мне приготовить презентацию? (Will you help me prepare a presentation?)
  • Конечно. (Sure.)

9. Согласен / согласна (I agree)

These are the forms of masculine (Согласен) if a speaker is a man and feminine (Согласна) if the person speaking is a woman. They are a little formal, so it is not usual to hear them in everyday conversation.

  • Надо убрать пункт 10 из контракта. (We should remove paragraph 10 from the contract.)
  • Согласна. (I agree.)

10. Точно (Exactly / It’s true)

We say it to agree and/or to confirm information. It is not necessarily an answer to a question; it can be just a confirmation of what has been said.

  • Пойдем завтра в кино? (Let’s go to the cinema tomorrow.)
  • Мы договорились поужинать с моей мамой, помнишь? (We agreed to have supper with my mother, don’t you remember?)
  • А, точно. (Ah, yes, it’s true.) 

11. С удовольствием (With pleasure)

It is a friendly answer when someone invites you somewhere or offers you something.

  • Как насчёт чашечки кофе после работы? (How about a cup of coffee after work?)
  • С удовольствием. (With pleasure.)

Time to practice!

Now, you have a nice list of various ways of saying Yes in Russian. Some of them will make you sound authentically Russian!

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