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Different ways to say "Oui" or "Non" ?

Are there any different ways to say oui/non in French?, or to be in/not in agreement?

For example, in English we have:

YES: yeah, yep, yup, uh-huh, mm-hm, nodding head

NO: nope, nah, nay, uh-huh, mm-mm, shaking head

August 4, 2017

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A typical pronunciation of 'non' is 'nan' (90% of the time, maybe, but it is considered as colloquial, so it must be avoided in very formal contexts, of course).

Uh-huh, mm-hm, nodding/shaking head: we have that too.

August 4, 2017

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OK, nan is informal no, and ouais is informal oui? got it, thank you! :)

August 4, 2017

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Yes, informal, very widespread, because pronouncing 'oui' and 'non' correctly requires an effort, while pronouncing 'ouais' and 'nan' does not.

August 4, 2017

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I can tell! more outstreched, like "yeah" and "nahh"

August 4, 2017

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Ouais: Yeah (More informal)

Mouais: Yeah (More Informal, too)

Mouais is more uncertain, I believe, like the word "sure."

August 4, 2017

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'Mouais' is very uncertain.

August 4, 2017

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Thanks! I did some research on "mouais" (because I seemed uncertain) and it says something like "sure, but not really".

August 4, 2017

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Ouais - Yeah (pronounced way)

Si - Yes, This is used as a "contradictory yes". I.e if someone asked "You've never been to America, right?" The french response would be "Si". A more colloquial translation could be "Oh I did".

August 4, 2017

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Yes this is one thing I hate about English -- the answer to a question like that is always debated.

August 4, 2017

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P.S.: how would one say "nooooooo", like "seriously - no!" or "definitely not"?

August 4, 2017

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I know it's been a while, and maybe you've found the answer you're looking for, but just in case you didn't, it would be something like "Naaan?!!"

February 6, 2018
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