how to say “okay” in Hebrew

אוֹקֵי, בְּסֵדֶר, טוֹב

By using the word okay people might segue into a new piece of a conversation. They might also express that they agree with or accept something, sometimes reluctantly. Hebrew has three words for this, including simply אוקיי :

אוקיי, אז אמלא את כל ארבעת הטפסים…

Okay, so I’ll fill out all four forms…

The proper Hebrew word for this that most Hebrew learners use is בסדר , literally, (it’s all) in order:

לא, אני לא רוצה להיות במשרד בשבע וחצי, אבל בסדר, בסדר.

No, I don’t want to be at the office at seven thirty, but okay, okay.

But much more common than בסדר is the word טוב , which means literally good or well.

For example:

טוב, אז מה עושים הערב?

Okay, what are (we) doing tonight?

I think Hebrew learners prefer בסדר over טוב because they think of טוב such as basic word as good: they don’t like to suddenly use it in another sense. But Israelis do, and טוב should be your okay of choice.

That being said, you’re also likely to hear טוב, בסדר meaning okay, okay.

After having studied literature and linguistics on the bachelors level and psychology on the masters, Ami decided to draw upon his hobby of learning languages, his understanding of human thought processes and his skill of explaining complex ideas in simple terms, to found a program that enables people to speak Hebrew with confidence.

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