Quick answer
"Oh" is an interjection which is often translated as "oh", and "okay" is an adverb which is often translated as "bien". Learn more about the difference between "oh" and "okay" below.
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An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
1. (used to express surprise)
a. oh
Did you know there were going to be fireworks tonight? - Oh? No, I didn't.¿Sabías que iba a haber fuegos artificiales esta noche? - ¡Oh! No, no lo sabía.
b. vaya
Oh! What a pleasant surprise to see you here!¡Vaya! ¡Qué sorpresa tan agradable verte aquí!
c. ah
Oh! I get it now. The TV won't turn on because it's not plugged in!¡Ah! Ya entendí. ¡La tele no se enciende porque no está enchufada!
2. (used to express pain)
a. ay
Oh! That's hot.¡Ay! Eso está caliente.
3. (used to call attention)
a. eh
Oh, sir, you're stepping on my shoe!¡Eh, señor! Me está pisando.
4. (used to express disbelief)
a. en serio
Oh? You're going to be the master of ceremonies?¿En serio? ¿Vas a ser el maestro de ceremonias?
b. no me digas
Oh, you have got to be kidding. Steve's going out with Melanie again?¡No me digas! Debe ser una broma. ¿Steve está saliendo de nuevo con Melanie?
c. de veras
Oh? You won the gold medal?¿De veras? ¿Ganaste la medalla de oro?
5. (used to express dismay)
a. ay
Oh! Shut up! That is disgusting!¡Ay! ¡Cállate! ¡Eso es asqueroso!
6. (used to elicit further information)
a. ah, sí
I'm leaving early today. - Oh?Hoy salgo temprano. - ¿Ah, sí?
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An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (correctly)
a. bien
Everything is going to be okay.Todo va a estar bien.
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
2. (agreed)
a. está bien
Let's go out for dinner. - Okay.Vayamos a cenar fuera. - Está bien.
b. okey
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
I left your dinner in the fridge. - Okay.Te dejé la cena en la nevera. - Okey.
c. vale
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
Will you drive? - Okay.¿Quieres conducir tú? - Vale.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
3. (in a satisfactory state)
a. bien
Are you okay? The fall had to hurt.¿Estás bien? La caída te ha tenido que doler.
4. (acceptable)
a. bien
The movie is okay, but I wish it had a little bit more action.La película está bien, pero me gustaría que tuviera algo más de acción.
b. bueno
Its performance is okay, the problem is how fast it deteriorates.Su rendimiento es bueno, el problema es que se deteriora muy rápido.
5. (likeable)
a. simpático
She is more than okay, she is incredible.Es más que simpática, es increíble.
6. (permissible)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
If you don't feel like going out, that's quite okay.Si no tienes ganas de salir, no hay ningún problema.
Is it okay if I leave it here?¿Lo puedo dejar aquí?
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
7. (approval)
a. el visto bueno
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
You have my okay to post it.Tienes mi visto bueno para publicarlo.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
8. (to approve)
a. aprobar
For it to be implemented, the committee must okay it.Para ponerlo en práctica, tiene que aprobarlo el comité.
b. dar el visto bueno a
Has the boss okayed it?¿Le dio el jefe el visto bueno?
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