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‘Yes’ and ‘no’ are two of the first words you learn in English.
To sound polite, it is easy to add ‘please’ and ‘thank you’. For example:
Do you want a drink? Yes, please.
No, thank you.

But there are other, more common ways to do this in English.


Saying ‘yes’:


If you like someone’s offer or suggestion, why not say:
‘That would be lovely’  or ‘That’s a great idea’!
For example:
Offer: Would you like a cup of tea? Yes, that’d be lovely!
Suggestion: Do you want to go to the cinema? Yes, that’s a great idea!


Saying ‘no’:


There are lots of ways to say ‘no’ politely because it is hard to say without sounding rude. To say ‘no’ to an offer, try one of these:
I’m going to buy drinks, can I get you one? I’m ok actually, thanks for offering.
I don’t need to say ‘no’ and my voice is lower than when I say ‘yes’.


Another example would be:
Are you sure you don’t want a drink? I’m fine thank you.
Notice I used positive words to say a negative response and use my hand and a smile to help.

To say ‘no’ to an invitation, it is good to start with I’m afraid…
For example:
Do you want to go out for food after work? I’m afraid I can’t, I’ve got other plans or I’d love to but I’m afraid I can’t today.

So, remember to use one of these phrases and practice your high or low voice next time you want to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’. And don’t forget to smile!

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