Even when they're speaking the same language, people from different regions can have pretty different ways of speaking. Sometimes that just means they pronounce words a little differently or use different slang.
Sometimes, though, it can mean that words have completely different meanings.
Depending on what part of the country they grew up in, Americans call the sweet combination of flavored syrup and carbonated water enjoyed the world over anything from "soda pop," "pop," or "soda" to "Coke" (no matter what brand or flavor of the drink one is referring to).
Similarly, "soda" can either be a flavored soft drink or plain soda water.
Along this vein, things get even more complicated when you start combining words into phrases.
Most english speakers are going to be familiar with what the words "no" and "yeah" mean, but if you're in the Midwest US (and a few other areas of the country), things get a bit weird when you start putting the two words together.
@midwestern_ope posted the following helpful guide to twitter in an effort to help those of us not from the area make sense of things.
Midwesterners be like: No Yeah = Yes Yeah no = No Yeah no for sure = Definitely— Midwest vs Everybody (@Midwest vs Everybody)1552962251.0
There were many comments from people relating to the post.
@midwestern_ope @LevyNeptune_ This is a mood and I can confirm this— Stella the Fox (@Stella the Fox)1553048483.0
@midwestern_ope @AgNOOK Yeah no of course— 🌹マーザーネーチャ🥀 (@🌹マーザーネーチャ🥀)1553095850.0
@midwestern_ope im not from the midwest but twitter says otherwise...— alma (@alma)1553020399.0
@midwestern_ope @RachelEKellogg You betcha!— cupcakekitty (@cupcakekitty)1553019305.0
There was some disagreement over whether the turns of phrase were exclusive to the midwest.
California, Pennsylvania, and New England also laid claim to them.
@midwestern_ope i’m from pa and a lot of us do this too :)— maddie. (@maddie.)1553002718.0
@midwestern_ope @AaronLinguini Californians do this too though?— Tess Olsson (@Tess Olsson)1553005551.0
@midwestern_ope We do this in California too though.— Hibi the Stronk @ #YANGGANG (@Hibi the Stronk @ #YANGGANG)1553011866.0
@midwestern_ope This is just a midwest thing? I thought this was everywhere. Regardless, I can vouch for these. I say 'em all the time.— L0st [insert funny subtitle here] (@L0st [insert funny subtitle here])1553095456.0
@SentaiPerson @midwestern_ope @AemeliaAlphaeus It’s true. All of New England does it.— Big Bikkies (@Big Bikkies)1553098399.0
A few people added on to the translation.
@midwestern_ope Also - Yeah no maybe = maybe cc @g_stroyer— Elisa Poquette (@Elisa Poquette)1553094172.0
@midwestern_ope @D0g_d4d Yeah no fersure definitely— Chris! (@Chris!)1553056684.0
English is a complicated language (all the more so if it isn't your first one), and it can get a bit confusing. If you're ever having a hard time deciphering a midwesterner's response to a question, just refer back to @midwestern_ope's handy guide!