10 Ways to Say Yes in Russian (2024)

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Published on December 27, 2018

The most common way to say yes in Russian is Да ("dah"). It is very flexible and can be used in a wide variety of situations, just like the English yes. However, there are many other ways to say yes in Russian. Use this list to expand your Russian vocabulary and improve your speaking skills.


Pronunciation: kaNYESHna

Meaning: of course, sure, certainly

Конечно is a popular way to express agreement in Russian and can be used with or without Да. When used with Да, as in Да, конечно, this expression means complete agreement. Конечно can be used in any setting, formal or informal.


  • Ты пойдешь на концерт?: Are you going to the concert?
  • Да, конечно: Yes, of course.


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Pronunciation: haraSHO

Meaning: fine, good, right, okay

Another expression that is suitable for any type of situation, be it formal or informal, Хорошо is used when the speaker agrees with a request or with what is being said. Use it with or without Да.


  • Не забудь купить хлеба: Don’t forget to buy some bread.
  • Хорошо: Fine.


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Pronunciation: oh-kay

Meaning: expression of agreement ("okay")

Borrowed from the English, the Russian Окей is used in exactly the same context as its English equivalent. It is suitable for informal settings.


  • Пойдем в кино сегодня вечером: Let’s go to the cinema tonight.
  • Окей: Okay.


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Pronunciation: aGA, aHA

Meaning: yeah, uh-huh

This common, informal word is often substituted for "yes" in conversations with friends and family.


  • Ты готов?: Are you ready?
  • Ага: Uh-huh.

Ага can also be used in an ironic way, as can be seen in the following example:

  • Ты помыла посуду?: Have you washed the dishes?
  • Ага, сейчас, разбежалась: Oh yeah, sure, it’s on my to do list.

Согласен / согласна

Pronunciation: saGLAsyen / saGLASna

Meaning: agreed, I agree

This expression is to indicate agreement. It is most commonly used to demonstrate agreement with what someone is saying without interrupting them.


  • Я считаю, что нам не помешало бы отдохнуть: I think that it wouldn’t hurt us to get some rest.
  • Согласен: I agree.
  • Как насчет того, чтобы съездить на море?: How about a seaside trip?


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Pronunciation: yesTYEStvena

Meaning: obviously, of course

Естественно is used in response to something that is obviously correct. This expression can be used either sincerely or ironically.


  • Ты ведь любишь пиццу?: You like pizza, don’t you?
  • Естественно: Of course.


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Pronunciation: VYERna

Meaning: correct, right, true

Верно is an expression of strong agreement. It is used to indicate that the speaker agrees with a statement, especially in an informal conversation among friends.


  • По-моему, Алёна на нас обиделась: I think that Alyona might be upset with us.
  • Верно, я её давно у нас не видел: True, I haven’t seen her around here for ages.


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Pronunciation: PRAVda

Meaning: true, correct, that’s right

Правда is similar in meaning to Верно, and is used the same way. It is suitable for both formal and informal situations, although it is more commonly used in informal settings. It can also be used repeatedly, as in Правда- правда, to emphasize that a statement is true.


  • Вы были на работе с 9 до 5?: Were you at work from 9 to 5?
  • Правда, был: That’s correct, I was at work.


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Pronunciation: byezuSLOVna

Meaning: without a doubt

This word is one of the most emphatic ways to say yes in Russian. Meaning "without a doubt," Безусловно is used in both formal and informal speech, although it has a slightly more formal sound.


  • Она, безусловно, права: Without a doubt, she is right.


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Pronunciation: nyesamNYEnna

Meaning: doubtless, without a doubt

Similar to Безусловно, this expression indicates that the speaker does not have any doubt in their statement. It is designed for formal and semi-formal speech.


  • Несомненно, у ребенка способности к музыке: Without a doubt, this child has a talent for music.



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