Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Yes and no

It sounds like Vicky Pollard has written today's blog. Yes is ja and no is nein but you will be pleased to hear that there are some variations on this.

When you ask a positive question like fährst du nach Hause? The answer is Ja, ich fahre nach Hause or nein, ich fahre nicht nach Hause. Fairly obvious. However if you ask a negative question like fährst du nicht nach Hause? Then you have to say doch instead of jaDoch ich fahre nach Hause. Ich kann es nicht sagen. Doch du kannst es sagen.

You may have also heard jawohl which means yes sir, and if you go in a shop you are likely to hear ja bitte – nothing to do with beer, it means yes please.

Bis bald

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