Do French also say si?
“Si” is another French word to say yes, but we only use it in a very specific situation. To contradict someone who made a statement in the negative form.
Do French people say Si instead of oui?
In most cases, we use oui (yes) and non (no) in French the same way as in English. However, if someone asks you a negative question or makes a negative statement and you want to disagree with it (i.e. answer in the positive) then use si instead of oui.
Why do the French say Si instead of oui?
One of the first words you learn in French is the word for “yes,” oui, but sometimes si can also mean “yes” (as it does in Spanish and Italian). However, si only means “yes” in a very specific context: when someone is contradicting a negative question or statement.
Is Ouais rude?
Like ouais, ouaip is very informal and could be considered rude if you‘re talking to someone in a professional or formal setting. Ouais and ouaip are two awesome additions to your oui toolbox, but remember that to only use them with people you’re close to, that is with people you use tu with.
Is Oui pronounced WEE or way?
Yes in French – oui – is pronounced more or less like ‘we’ in English, and we use it a lot.
Why do they say SI in France?
Remember: si is used when stressing the opposite of what the other person is saying, if their comment or question is negative. If they were making a positive statement and you wanted to contradict them, use non instead. One word of warning. Si also means ‘if’ in French.
How do you respond negatively in French?
In French, you need two negative words, ne (no) and pas (not), to make a sentence negative. Pas can be replaced by other negative words, such as jamais (never), personne (no one), and rien (nothing).
Why do French people say Mais oui?
This expression means “yes” or “obviously.” It is a synonym of bien sûr ! It is very informal, so beware. You would not say this to your boss!
What is the difference between Si and Oui?
Oui means yes. Si is used to answer positively to a negative question: “-Tu ne vas pas à la fête ? -Si, j’y vais !” (“-Aren’t you going to the party? -Yes, I am!”)