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  • Hi. My name is Rebecca, and in today's lesson I'm going to show you five different ways

  • to say yes to someone without actually using the word "yes".

  • Because in English the way we respond to someone is really important in terms of our conversation.

  • If we respond enthusiastically, then the other person gets a positive message, and everything

  • goes along more positively and better relationships are built.

  • So let's see a few words that you can use to say yes, in an enthusiastic way. All right,

  • let's look. If someone asks for example, "Would you like to see a movie?"

  • You could say, "Sure." All right?

  • -"Did you enjoy the show?" -"Absolutely!."

  • -"'Do you want to go bowling?"

  • Now you see, it says here "Do you want to go bowling?" But when I spoke, I spoke a little

  • bit faster, and so sometimes it sounds like "Do you wanna go bowling?" "Do you wanna?"

  • "Wanna" is sort of fast-version slang, a slightly slang version of "Do you want to go bowling?"

  • You could say "Sounds great!", all right? It's also kind of a casual way to say yes.

  • -"Do you think he'll like the gift?" -"Definitely."

  • Of course, you can say "yes", but these are some other options, right?

  • Or if somebody asks you "Can I borrow your pen?" You could say "Certainly."

  • You could also say "of course", or something like that.

  • But "of course" is a little bit tricky, because unless you say it with the right tone of voice,

  • it just sounds a little bit condescending. "Condescending" means you're just talking

  • down to someone, as if you are higher and they are lower, and you don't want to do that.

  • So sometimes it's better if you're not sure of the exact tone to avoid the "of course",

  • but one of these will probably work well.

  • So let me ask you a few questions and you can choose one of these to respond, okay?

  • -"Do you like spicy food?"

  • You could say: -"Absolutely!."

  • -"Can I buy you coffee?"

  • -"Certainly."

  • -"Would you like to go to dinner?"

  • -"Sounds great."

  • -"Want to go to a party?"

  • -"Absolutely!."

  • -"Can I have a glass of water?" -"Certainly."

  • Okay, or any of these, all right?

  • If you'd like to do a quiz on this subject, please visit our website, .

  • Thanks very much for watching. Good luck with your English.

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Hi. My name is Rebecca, and in today's lesson I'm going to show you five different ways

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5 ways to say YES in English!

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    Zenn posted on 2013/05/01
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