Bẹ́ẹ̀ni is a reply in Yoruba that means, “Yes”. Bẹ́ẹ̀ni is the Yoruba translation of “Yes”.
When you are asked a question in Yoruba that requires a Yes/No answer, the best way to reply Yes in Yoruba is to say, “Béèni”. The tonal marks that I placed on the “Béèni” means the two “e” sounds are pronounced differently. In order to read Yoruba language fluently, you need proper knowledge of tonal marks. Very soon, I will release a book for my readers to buy affordably so that they can learn how to apply Yoruba Tonal marks (Ami ohùn) efficiently while reading.
Béèni means Yes in English. So, what is “Yes” in Yorùbá? Well, “Yes” is simply “Bẹ́ẹ̀ni” in Yorùbá.
Example: 1. Yes/No Question: Ṣo ó tí fọ́ àwọn abọ yẹn?(Meaning-: Have you washed those plates?)
Reply: Béèni ma! Mo ti fọ̀ wọn.. (Meaning-: Yes ma! I have washed them..)
If “Yes” means “Béèni” then what is, “No” in Yorùbá? Watch out for the next post I will write on the Yoruba translation of “no”.