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
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.
Yes, informal, very widespread, because pronouncing 'oui' and 'non' correctly requires an effort, while pronouncing 'ouais' and 'nan' does not.
Ouais: Yeah (More informal)
Mouais: Yeah (More Informal, too)
Mouais is more uncertain, I believe, like the word "sure."
Thanks! I did some research on "mouais" (because I seemed uncertain) and it says something like "sure, but not really".
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".
Yes this is one thing I hate about English -- the answer to a question like that is always debated.