25 ways to say YES in German so you don’t use ‘ja’ all the time

YES in German

There are many ways of saying yes in German.

Some are as direct as saying ‘I like you’ while some are a bit indirect like ‘I think I like you’.

I will now show you all these, as well as many more variations.

The direct and indirect ways of saying yes in German

The most direct way of saying yes in German is ja, and it sounds like the English yeah!

But that’s just the beginning.

If you want to be more polite, here are some words which you could add to it:

  • Ja, bitte – Yes, please.
  • Ja, danke – Yes, thank you.
  • Ja, natürlich – Yes, of course.

How to say sure in German

You can also use the word sure to say yes in German, and this is how you say it:

  • SicherKann ich deinen Ferrari Fahren? (Can I drive your Ferrari?)

Sicher (sure)

  • GewissDarf ich reinkommen? (May I come in?)

Aber gewiss! (sure)

  • Klar – Gehen wir morgen nach Hause? (Are we going home tomorrow?)

Na klar! (sure)

How to say maybe in German

Sometimes you are not too sure about something.

And sometimes you don’t want to be too direct, as when someone asks you out. 

How do you agree then without necessarily saying yes?

  • Vielleicht – maybe
  • Möglicherweise – possibly
  • Wahrscheinlich – probably
  • Hoffentlich – hopefully
  • Kann sein – it’s possible (this is however informal and should be used cautiously)

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Now think of instances when someone asks you a sentence in the negative and you want to respond with a yes.

For instance…

Aren’t you coming with us? Yes I’m coming…or simply…yes, I am.

In such a scenario, it would be wrong to use the word ja, if you intend to say yes.

In German, we use the word doch instead.

Note: While ‘doch’ is mainly used to mean ‘however’ or ‘yet’, it can be used to say yes, depending on context:

Hast du ihn nicht gesehen? (Didn’t you see him?)

Doch! (yes I did)

So note that and don’t forget what to use whenever the question is in the negative.

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Other ways to agree or saying yes in German

  • Ich stimme dir zu. – I agree with you. Don’t forget that dir is informal singular.
  • Ich stimme Ihnen zu. – I agree with you. – (Ihnen is formal singular or plural).
  • Ich stimme euch zu. – I agree with you. – (euch is informal plural).
  • Auf jeden Fall – in any case or by all means
  • Warum nicht? – Why not?
  • In Ordnung – All right
  • Also gut – Okay, then
  • Genau! – Exactly!
  • Kein Problem – No Problem
  • Das ist wahr. – That’s true.
  • Du hast recht. – You’re right. Don’t forget that du is informal singular.
  • Stimmt, Sie haben recht – True, you’re right. (Sie is formal singular or plural).
  • Ihr habt recht – You’re right. (ihr is informal plural).
  • Das klingt gut – It sounds good.
  • Ich bin ganz Ihrer Meinung – I couldn’t agree more with you (formal).
  • Ich bin ganz deiner Meinung – I couldn’t agree more with you (informal).

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