Level 1 Lesson 2 / Yes, No, What? / 네, 아니요, 네?

After listening to this lesson, when you are asked a YES/NO question, you will be able to answer that question with either YES or NO in Korean.

네. [ne] = Yes.
아니요. [aniyo] = No.

But in Korean, when people say “네”, it is not the same as saying “Yes.” in English. The same goes for “아니요” too. This is because the Korean “네” expresses your “agreement” to what the other person said. And “아니요” expresses your “disagreement” or “denial” to what the other person said.

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Level 1 Lesson 2 / Yes, No, What? / 네, 아니요, 네?
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    “커피 좋아해요? [keo-pi jo-a-hae-yo?] = Do you like coffee?

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    Just wondering, you don’t need to add the particles and the word “you” to the sentence for “do you like coffee?”? Like “당신는 거피를 좋아해요?”
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    Is it me or are you guys hearing dai instead of ne???

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