One of the most versatile words in the English language, “Ok” (or “Okay!”) can be used to confirm, express agreement, signal that you are uninjured, provide constructive criticism, and even test for comprehension.
But how can the same meanings be communicated in Spanish?
Here are the Guide “How Do You Say Okay in Spanish?”
Here are 10 translations of “ok” into your language of choice. It’s a long list, so hold on tight, because you’re in for quite an adventure.
1. Ok, Okey, Okay, etc.
Start with the most obvious thing!
Ok is one of many English phrases and expressions that have made their way into common Spanish usage, especially in Mexico.
Be prepared for it to appear as ‘okey,’ and don’t worry that the e there isn’t a typo (although it probably is!).
- Mauricio – ¿Quieres ir a la boda de mi prima?
Liz – ¡Ok, vamos!
- Mauricio – Wanna go to my cousin’s wedding?
Liz – Ok, let’s go!
2. “Okey-dokey” is “Oki-doki,” so it’s all good.
Say you suggested going to the movies via text with a Mexican acquaintance, and they responded with the stereotypically Mexican “oki-doki.”
Yes, across much of Latin America, ‘oki-doki’ is the Spanish equivalent of ‘okey-dokey’!
The Colombian children’s show “Oki Doki” is only one example of a Hispanic TV programme that features this commonly used phrase.
How do you say it?
Sounds like ‘okee-dokee’ to me, at least roughly.
3. “Claro” (“Claro que s”)
means “clear” or “it’s evident” in Spanish, and it’s often used as an adverb to convey agreement.
Without a doubt, “of course” is the most accurate rendering.
‘Clarines’ is a slang term for ‘claro’ or ‘of course’ used frequently in Mexico City. A ‘clarn’ is a musical instrument, specifically a ‘bugle,’ and ‘clarines’ is a collection of ‘bugles.
- ¿Quieres una chela?
- Wanna have a beer?
5. Por supuesto (Of Course)
This is the literal interpretation of the English word “of course.”
6. Por su pollo – Of course
This phrase means “for your chicken” but doesn’t make any sense until you learn that the first two syllables are the same as those in “por supuesto,” and that Mexicans are adept at linking unrelated phrases with similar sounds!
7. “Bueno” (Ok)
means “good” in Spanish, but it’s also widely used to indicate agreement or approval. It’s applicable in practically any setting, no matter what country you’re in (i.e., both formal and informal).
8. De acuerdo (Agreed)
which means “I agree,” comes in at number eight.
De acuerdo (agreed in English) is always a safe bet when you need to express your agreement with something.
No matter where you go (except maybe Timbuktu!), people will understand you just well with this phrase.
9.Perfecto – the best there is
Use this word when your enthusiasm is genuine.
- Yo disparo las palomitas.
¡Perfecto! Y yo invito los boletos.
- I’ll buy the popcorn, my treat.
Perfect! I’ll get the tickets then.
10. Va (Let’s go)/Ok
Va can indicate either “let’s go” or “fine,” but its literal meaning is “it goes.”
Although its roots are debated, many linguists believe it developed from Catalan rather than Spanish.
- Oye, ¿y si celebramos nuestro aniversario en Cancún?
¡Va! Me encanta la idea!
- Hey, what if we celebrate our anniversary in Cancun?
I love the idea! Let’s go!
Phew! Do you really believe these numbers?
With any luck, it will come in helpful as you brush up on your colloquial Spanish, making you seem like a true expert to your pals.