Cramming Korean: Yes and No

You may not understand the question, but at least, you will have a one word answer.

It is advisable for Park Hoon to answer any question as quickly as possible.


Yes or I agree – there is also 예 (ye), but ‘ne’ is considered more polite.


a ni yo

No or I do not agree – this is the simplest way to say ‘no’. As in English, there are multiple ways to indicate a negative, but this is the basic way.

It is worth noting that in Korean unlike English, when you say ‘yes’ or ‘no’, you are indicating agreement with the person, as opposed to the statement. For instance, if you are hungry:
“You are full?” “No, I am hungry.”
“You have not eaten?” “Yes, I have not eaten.”


  1. I saw this post in my Bloglovin’ feed and I came here specifically to make sure that you noted that 네 and 아니요 are more like agreement/disagreement than strictly yes/no. I’m glad to see that you have include that distinction! I was legit worried that you’d accidentally agree to something while on your trip. 😛


  2. Thanks for checking. I am trying not to mislead readers in my Cramming Korean posts, so I check multiple sources to confirm.

    However, I am sure that I will still manage to agree to something I shouldn’t with my minimal Korean. (T-T)尸


      1. I am trying to learn Korean long term, because it seems a waste to expose myself to so much Korean, via Kdramas, and not acquire the language.
        However, with limited time before my trip, I’m trying to acquire useful phrases in the meantime.
        So, you speak Korean?


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