How to Respectfully Address People in Korea (Beginner’s Guide) (2023)

Foreigners might find themselves stumped when they realize that conversing in Korean is not as easy as one might think. When it comes to addressing people in Korean, speakers should keep in mind that there’s a hierarchy they need to familiarize themselves with.

How you say simple things like “hello” depend upon what kind of relationship you have with the person you’re greeting. Surprisingly, it’s easy to understand this complex system if you learn a few core principles.

It also takes a little practice to master it and get it right, however, the best way to learn is to immerse yourself in the experience. Get yourself out there; talk to locals. The more you try addressing people in Korean, the better you’ll get at grasping these core concepts.

If you’re worried about offending people, remember that practice makes perfect. Koreans greatly appreciate foreigners trying to converse with them in Korean. If you make mistakes, most of them will politely inform you, because they’re generally quite understanding of foreigners nowadays.

In fact, most foreigners are not expected to strictly adhere to these complex rules (thank goodness!).

Even though locals are generally lenient when it comes to how foreigners should address people in Korean, learning how to show proper respect will protect you from the occasional elder’s side eye (they’re the touchy ones, to be honest).

How to Respectfully Address People in Korea (Beginner’s Guide) (1)

Figuring Out Formality in Korean

Before diving into the common ways of greeting Koreans, let’s get the formality out of the way. There are seven levels of tone or formality in Korean, but foreigners only need to know the important ones:casual, polite,andformal.

The first one is calledcasual speech or banmal (literally “half words”).Casual speech is only used when you’re with your closest friends and classmates (and you might want tocheck out this article explaining when it is okay to call a Korean a friend).

You can also speak casually to your family and those younger than you (also considered people of ‘lesser seniority.’) Social ranks matter, too, so don’t just speak casually to anybody⁠— not even to people you’ve worked with for awhile.

In Korean culture, you have to wait until they tell you it’s okay to speak in banmal with them. Until then, stick to the polite and formal methods of addressing people in Korean. The second one is calledpolite speech, a lower form of jondaemal (there are two common forms).

Neglecting to use this when speaking with strangers in Korean (and acquaintances) might make you come across as disrespectful and offensive. So if you want to stay on neutral ground with someone, always remember toend your sentences with “요” (yo). This sentence particle immediately adds a polite tone to how you speak.

Lastly,formal speech ( a higher form of jondaemal)is generally used when speaking to people from ‘higher seniority’ groups within your personal hierarchy. These are the people youhave totalk to formally, because you’ll be considered rude if you don’t; like your boss, the principal at your child’s school, etc.

When you feel stumped as to which to use, foreigners generally stay in a polite space by using the mid-level polite speech when addressing Korean people. How do I know which form to use with someone I’m just getting to know? Easy. Just ask them when their birthday is.

Westerners might find it rude to casually ask people their age, but this is entirely normal in Korea, as they use this info to determine how to address you correctly. After learning whether they’re older or younger, you can adjust your speech accordingly.

How to Respectfully Address People in Korea (Beginner’s Guide) (2)

How to Greet People in Korean

Don’t forget to bow!You may have noticed that in most Asian countries, they bow when greeting and thanking others. For casual settings, just a slight tilt of the head or a swift bow is okay. If you find yourself in formal situations, how low you bow determines the level of respect you give the other person.

So make sure to familiarize yourself with each attendee’s social position, or to be safe, just always bow mid-way. Whether bowing in a casual or formal setting, hold your hands to the side (for men) or in front of you (for women) during the bow.

Now that you have familiarized yourself with addressing people in Korean, let’s figure out what to say next. Below are suggestions on how to greet someone while, at the same time, applying what we just learned about formality.

  1. Polite: 안녕하세요 (Annyeonghaseyo)
    Casual: 안녕 (Annyeong)
    Formal: 안녕하십니까 (Annyeong hasimnikka)

“Annyeonghaseyo” is the first phrase you learn after cracking a Korean textbook. Widely known as the standard greeting in Korea, this phrase is helpful in any situation. Whether you’re introduced to someone new or interacting with someone in a restaurant or convenience store, it is polite to greet others with “annyeonghaseyo.”

Many think this translates to “hello,” but it doesn’t. The actual meaning of this sentence is “are you at peace” or “be at peace,” but Koreans use it as a way to greet somebody at any point of the day. When you are around friends or family, you can generally drop the “haseyo” and say simply “annyeong.”

The moment you start greeting people like this, it’s interpreted as a sign of closeness. Remember that in Korea, how you address people matters – so if you still talk to them using a formal tone, they can also feel hurt because it’s like you’re distancing yourself from them.

How to Respectfully Address People in Korea (Beginner’s Guide) (3)

Making a Good Impression in Korean (in Each Level of Politeness)

Speaking of metaphorical distance, if you live & work in Korea as I did, some social situations may require you to greet your supervisors and other higher-ups at work. Impress them by saying, “Annyeong hasimnikka?”

Note that this is phrased as a question, and you have to convey this phrase in a manner that sounds like you’re genuinely interested to know. Usually, the standard reply to this is “Annyeong hasimnikka,” followed by a cordial smile, but trust that they’ll remember you for leaving such a positive impression.

  1. Polite: 만나서 반가워요 (Mannaseo bangawoyo)

Casual: 만나서 반가웠어요 (Mannaseo bangawoseoyo)
Formal: 만나서 반갑습니다 (Mannaseo bangapseumnida)

Koreans consider first impressions to be a big deal. That’s why, aside from dressing nicely and just generally grooming yourself, you must ensure that you know the right words to say. So aside from saying “Annyeonghaseyo,” they’ll likely be even more impressed if you say “Mannaseo bangapseuminida.”

Saying this phrase is equivalent to “it’s a pleasure to meet you;” you can say this to large groups if you have to introduce yourself to a new crowd.

  1. Polite: 오랜만이에요 (oraenmanieyo)
    Casual: 오랜만에 (Oraenmane)
    Formal: 오랜만입니다 (oraenmanimnida)

You use these phrases when you meet someone that you haven’t seen in a long time. You can also say 그동안 잘지냈어요? (Geudongan jaljinaesseoyo) to ask if they have been well during the period you haven’t seen each other.

  1. Polite: 잘 잤어요? (Jal jasseoyo?)
    Casual: 잘 잤어? (Jal Jasseo)
    Formal: 잘 주무셨어요?) (Jal Jumusyeosseoyo)

Living in a shared space is common in Korea, most especially if you are in Seoul (because it can get quite expensive to stay in one-room flats or apartments). So if you have roommates, the standard greeting between you would most likely be “Jal jasseoyo?” which translates to “did you sleep well?”

Asking them about their sleep also shows how much Koreans consider each other’s health, another insight into the very community-oriented culture here.

There’s also another health-related greeting that’s strictly reserved for people you know tremendously well, and it’s 밥 먹었어요? (Bap meogeosseoyo?) or “have you eaten rice?” in Korean.

The reason is that what usually follows this greeting is an invitation to eat, especially if the asker is older than the person they’re addressing (so use this phrase wisely!).

How to Respectfully Address People in Korea (Beginner’s Guide) (4)

Primer on Social Hierarchy in Korea

Family Culture & Gender Equity

One of the things that really surprised me when I lived in Korea was the idea that most locals still come home to their families every weekend, even if they live miles away. While Westerners are generally okay being away from home for months, most Koreans can’t stand being out that long.

Moreover, this culture of putting family first is still strongly observed nowadays, and decisions big or small involve the family.This is because Korean society is still quite patriarchal, with South Korea actually having the largest wage gap between the sexes of any country in the OECD.

As of 2017, women are making ~63% of what men make for doing the same jobs. Consequently, men in the households are expected to lead, and while it is true that people are trying to be more equitable about this, South Korea still has a long way to go in itsgender empowerment movement.

Thus, being a woman in Korea can be pretty challenging, especially insofar as your career options (and from conversations with friends, I’d say it’s even harder to be a Korean woman than a foreign woman in Korea).

Still, theKorean Women’s Associationhas at least partially shifted the perspective of males being the expected breadwinner of their families.

This has brought with it the possibility of single mothers and well-educated women being able to contribute more to companies that might choose to hire them, slowly increasing the proportion of females in the office.

How to Respectfully Address People in Korea (Beginner’s Guide) (5)

What’s Your Korean Age?

Even though Confucian rules are mostly relaxed nowadays, people still defer to age as a way to determine the level of respect with which they speak to you. Elders will always expect you to respect and obey them, and how you present yourselves to them truly matters.

It can affect the tide of how the entire family feels about you, so always remember to be mindful of age whenever you’re addressing people in Korean. As for relationships outside the family, Koreans prefer to interact mainly with those close to them, like classmates or co-workers.

It is rare to see them branch out and seek friendships elsewhere; if they do, it’s usually because they’re looking for potential romantic partners. So if you’re interested in making a Korean friend, it is often advised to approach them first rather than wait for them to talk to you.

While classroom settings are laxer (since most people come from the same age group and friendships can be made easily), corporate settings are a bit tricky because there’s this challenging aspect of noting and remembering your colleagues’ social status and ages.

Furthermore, fresh hires may find it challenging to get their points across, and yoursunbaenims(students older than you) might take advantage of your newness.Still, you’ll find that these groups are each their own cohesive systems that value teamwork and community over individual gain.

They encourage and treat their co-workers like family members, and staff tend to go out at least once a month for company dinner (known as hweshik). These gatherings always involve anju (there’s a list of those here).

Unless they have young kids or other family responsibilities, it’s rare to see Koreans head home early.Overtime is an unspoken rule here, and to make the workplace tolerable, everyone is encouraged to build good relationships rather than put each other down.

To do so while keeping the workplace primarily for work, the team will leave the office together for their monthly hweshik. Afterwards, they often walk together to have some fun in anoraebangor dosoju bombsin a localgopchangrestaurant.

How to Address Strangers in Korean

Even though you’ll likely never come across them again, Koreans observe and remember how you treat others, especially as a foreigner. I’d recommend acting as if you are being monitored 24/7, because having terrible manners might affect how others in your community treat you. I mentioned earlier that Koreans generally make an effort to have good relationships with people in their community, so if you are unwittingly rude, everybody might just hear about it.

If you wish to be close with your community, especially if you live in rural Korea, one of the best ways to make them like you is to address them with proper honorifics.

Korean Honorifics List (and Meanings)

While watching Korean dramas, you’ll notice different ways to call or address a person depending on their status or role, as well as their gender. These are calledhonorifics, and you say these to show respect for the person’s chosen trade or standing in life.

Learning how to use honorifics in Korean is not hard. You can ask locals what they prefer to be called and they’ll be happy to tell you, because to them titles are just as important as knowing their ages.

How to Respectfully Address People in Korea (Beginner’s Guide) (6)

Below is a list of the most common Korean honorifics you’ll likely encounter during your stay here:

오빠 (oppa) – older brother

Females use this to call a male friend or family member who is older than them.

형 (hyung) – older brother

Males use this to call a male friend or family member who is older than them.

언니 (eonni) – older sister

Females use this to refer to a female friend or family member who is older than them.

누나 (noona) – older sister

Males use this to refer to a female friend or family member who is older than them.

선배 (sunbae) – senior

A common honorific juniors call their seniors in a university or industry.

후배 – (hoobae) – senior

Seniors in a university or industry refer to their juniors as hoobae.

동생 (dongsaeng) – younger sibling

Even though older siblings usually call their younger friends or siblings by their name, they often use this honorific if they speak about them to others. Younger females are 여동생 (yeodongsaeng) and younger males are 남동생 (namdongsaeng).

How to Respectfully Address People in Korea (Beginner’s Guide) (7)

씨 (ssi) – Mr./Miss/Mrs.

In business settings, people use this honorific to respect people of equal standing. Always say the person’s full name before you append –ssi, because only saying the surname with this honorific implies that you think that the other person you’re talking to is from a lesser social status than you are.

님 (nim) – same meaning as –ssi, but more polite.

Slightly above“-ssi” is–nim, and you use this honorific for distinguished community members. Those who have proven themselves in their respective trades are given this title, and those who refer to you with this honorific mean that they admire you and think you’re above them in social standing.

Also, if guests, customers, or clients are unfamiliar to you, it’s best to use –nim rather than –ssi, which is why you’ll usually be addressed as 손님 (son-nim) in shops and restaurants.

아주머니 (ajumoni) – middle-aged woman

아저씨 (ajusshi) – middle-aged man

Use these honorifics with caution, as not a lot of middle-aged Koreans may feel happy to be called this. So if you don’t know what to say, just call the person by saying 죄송한데요 (joesonghandeyo) – which is a respectful way of saying “excuse me.”

How to Respectfully Address People in Korea (Beginner’s Guide) (8)

아버님 (abunim) – father[-in-law]
어머님 (eomunimr) – mother[-in-law]
할아버님 (halabeonim) – grandfather[-in-law]
할머님 (halmeonim) – grandmother[-in-law]

Whenever you watch Korean dramas, you’ll notice that characters call their friends or significant other’s family members with titles that pertain to family roles. Note that they end each title with –nim because they are not directly related to them.

사장님 (sajangnim) – business owner

You may hear this a lot in restaurants (since most people who run these places are business owners), but this title is flexible. It could mean CEO, president, manager, or boss. If you notice that the person running the show appears younger, use 대표님 (daepyonim) instead.

이모님 (imonim) – aged aunt

When you’re in a restaurant and unsure what to call the female servers who obviously aren’t thesajangnim, use this honorific instead – but only if they appear to be aged women.

More honorifics are used when addressing people in Korean, but these are the commonly used ones. If you wish to have a comprehensive understanding of how honorifics work, 90 Day Korean has adetailed guidethat’s worth reading.

How to Respectfully Address People in Korea (Beginner’s Guide) (9)

How to Say Goodbye in Korean

In Korea, you don’t just say “bye.” Depending on who you are talking to and whether you’re leaving or staying, you’ll have to be mindful of how you say goodbye. Here are five common ways to say goodbye to your Korean friends:

  1. Polite: Annyeonghi gyeseyo (안녕히 계세요)
    Casual: Annyeong (안녕)
    Formal: Anneyonghi gyesipsio (안녕히 계십시오)

Say this if you are leaving, but the other person is staying. “Gye” means to “exist,” so whenever you leave, you tell others who are staying to “peacefully exist.”

You can also give them a heads up that you’re leaving first by saying 나 먼저 갈게 (na meonjeo galke), which means “I will go first.”

  1. Polite: Annyeonghi gaseyo (안녕히 가세요)
    Casual: Annyeong (안녕)
    Formal: Annyeonghi gasipsio (안녕히 가십시오)

This time let’s focus on the “ga” (가). This means “go.” So when you say this, you are telling the person leaving to “go peacefully.” You only use this when the other person is leaving, but you are staying. A more simple way to bid others who are leaving well is to say 잘 가요 (jal gayo), which means “go well.”

What if the both of us are leaving or separating from each other? Then it is more appropriate to use “Annyeonghi gaseyo”.

  1. Casual: Da-eume bwa (다음에 봐)
    Formal: Da-eume bwayo (음에 봐요)

This phrase means “see you next time,” and you can use it in addition to the other “goodbye” phrases above.

Now that you know what to keep in mind when addressing people in Korean, practice everything you learned today in public because that’s where you get to test your skills to remember it better. Hopefully, you’ll be able to master Korean in no time. Until then, 다음에 봐요!


How do you greet someone in Korean for beginners? ›

“Hello” (polite): 안녕하세요 (annyeong haseyo) “Hi” / “Hello” (casual): 안녕 (annyeong) “Good day” / “Hello” (formal): 녕하십니까 (annyeong hasimnikka) “Hello” when answering the phone: 여보세요 (yeoboseyo)

How do you show respect to Koreans? ›

Respect should always be shown to those that are older than you. This involves deferring to their opinion, waiting for their input and lowering your gaze if they are an elder. Objects, gifts and food should be offered and received with two hands. Remove your hat when indoors.

What honorific is polite in Korean? ›

The Korean suffix 님 (nim) is a high-level honorific used to show respect to someone. This suffix is used with people's names and titles. Below, you can see the 님 (nim) suffix added to job titles. For example, if you take a taxi, you can call the driver 기사님 (gisa nim), which is a polite way to address the driver.

Is it Nim or SSI? ›

'Ssi' is used for anyone of the same age and social status, and is common upon meeting strangers. 'Nim' is slightly more formal and used to show respect and politeness to someone in formal and professional settings.

What is the most common Korean greeting if you want to say hello? ›

안녕하세요 (annyeonghaseyo) is the most common way of saying “hello” in Korean. This version uses standard language. This is probably one of the first Korean greetings that anyone studying Korean would learn.

What is the most used Korean greetings? ›

1. Korean Greetings
  • #1 안녕하세요! – Hello, Good morning, Good afternoon, Good evening. An-young ha-say-yo!
  • #2 안녕! -Hello / Hi (informal). If you don't know someone well, then use Anyoung haseyo. ...
  • #3 오랜만이에요- Long Time, No see. Oraen-man-ie-yo.
  • #4 밥 먹었어요? – How are you (literally, did you eat rice)? Good way to show you care.

How do you greet someone in South Korea? ›

The most common way to greet people in South Korea is with a bow. The casual bow is a dip of the head with eyes closed, sometimes accompanied by a slight bend from the waist. This type of greeting is used when informally greeting someone or walking past someone of a higher status.

What is a unique Korean etiquette? ›

Make sure the oldest person in the group has his/her first bite before you start eating your food. During meals, never leave your chopsticks vertically standing in your food, as this is a symbol of death and bad luck. You can keep your chopsticks on top of your bowl or besides it.

What are some examples of rude behavior in Korea? ›

If it's considered rude in your country, it's probably considered rude in Korea. Things such as spitting, shouting, hitting people, swearing, and generally being obnoxious are definitely rude in Korea.

What is good etiquette in Korea? ›

Common Korean Etiquette

1) Take your shoes off at the door when entering any residence, temple, or guesthouse. 2) Greet people you meet with a short bow—essentially a nod—and soft handshake using both hands. 3) Give and receive any object using both hands.

Do Koreans use honorifics with foreigners? ›

For instance, the author reports that some Korean native speakers do not expect to use or apply honorifics when talking to foreigners. However, there may be vast individual differences even among Korean native speakers in their preferences and expectations regarding the use of honorifics by foreigners.

What is the difference between humble and honorific in Korean? ›

However, while honorific speech is used to show extra respect to a person we're talking about, humble speech is a bit different. Humble speech is used to show humility. This is figuratively as if the speaker is lowering himself or herself down to the person he or she is speaking about.

Why do Koreans say SSI at the end of a name? ›

씨 [ssi] Korean uses one handy word to cover 'Mr./Ms. ' 씨 [ssi] is the most common name marker in polite speech and is added to the person's full name or just the first name. Of course, there is a slight difference between using full name and just the first name.

Why do Koreans put Nim at the end? ›

-nim (as an affix) is used as a commonplace honorific for guests, customers, clients, and unfamiliar individuals. -nim is also used towards someone who is revered and admired for having a significant amount of skill, intellect, knowledge, etc. and is used for people who are of a higher rank than oneself.

What is the difference between Nim and Shi in Korean? ›

Nim (님) is usually attached to professions. The difference between nim (님) and shi (씨) is that shi (씨) is used after actual names, while nim (님) is used after an occupation. The word for teacher (선생님) is a word that often has the nim (님) attached.

What does Imnida mean in Korean? ›

살 (sal) means “age” and 입니다 (imnida) means “to be.” For example, if you're twenty-one years old, you say: 저는 스물한살입니다.

What does saram imnida mean? ›

불가리아 사람입니다 (bulgaria saramimnida) means "(I) am Bulgarian" or "(I) am a Bulgarian person" (<- this 2nd translation sounds a little more awkward/less natural).

What does Jeoneun mean in Korean? ›

Jeoneun – This phrase in this context literally means “I am.” The speaker uses it to introduce his name, so he says “I am Chris.” Jeo – means I, and neun is a particle that means “is”.

What does Joh Ayo mean in Korean? ›

Joh-ayo = i like you.

Does Annyeong mean goodbye? ›

#7 안녕 (annyeong) - Informal “Bye” in Korean

Remember the word for “peace” it's 안녕 and you can use it as an informal or casual way to say “bye” in Korean. You can also use it to say “hello”, so it's a handy word to know!

What is a cute way of saying hello in Korean? ›

#11 안뇽 (annyong) - “hiiiii!” in Korean

If you want to sound cute in Korean and learn a bit of aegyo, this is a good greeting to use. Aegyo is a way of acting cute, or even childish, in Korea and is often seen as flirtatious.

What does bowing twice mean in Korean? ›

People should bow one time for those who are alive and twice for those who are deceased.

How do you say casual greetings in Korean? ›

Koreans say “안녕하세요 [an nyeong ha seyo]?” while slightly bowing their head when they greet others. “안녕하세요?”is used interchangeably to say “Hi, hello, good morning/afternoon/evening”. You can simply say “안녕?” when you are greeting your friends or a person younger than you.

What does Sunbae mean? ›

Noun. sunbae (plural sunbaes) An upperclassman or senior, in the context of South Korea. quotations ▼ (South Korean idol fandom) An older or more experienced idol, viewed as a veteran, mentor, or predecessor.

What does Buin mean in Korean? ›

Noun. 부인 • (bu'in) (hanja 夫人) (honorific) (another person's) wife.

What does BAE mean in Korean? ›

The name Bae is primarily a male name of Korean origin that means Inspired.

How do you call Sweetie in Korean? ›

Cute Korean Nicknames
  1. 귀요미 (kiyomi) – “Cutie”
  2. 애인 (aein) – “Sweetheart”
  3. 여보 (yeobo) – “Darling” or “honey”
  4. 자기야 (jagiya) – “Baby”
  5. 내사랑 (nae sarang) – “My love”
  6. 오빠 (oppa) – “Older brother” but used by women to boyfriends or husbands as “honey”
  7. 왕자님 (wangjanim) – “Prince”
  8. 공주님 (gongjunim) – “Princess”

What is Babe in Korean slang? ›

3. Aegiya – “Baby” / “Babe” If calling someone “sweetheart” or “lover” sounds a little old-fashioned, you can use aegi or aegiya to call someone “baby” or “babe.” This Korean term of endearment suggests an intimate and less formal relationship when referring to your significant other.

How do you say goodbye in Korean? ›

There are 4 ways to say “goodbye” in Korean that use the standard form: You can say 안녕히 가세요 (annyeonghi gaseyo), 안녕히 계세요 (annyeonghi gyeseyo), 가세요 (gaseyo), and 잘 가요 (jal gayo). Which of these phrases to use will depend on the situation.

Do Koreans value respect? ›

Respect for age and status are very important in Korean culture, with hierarchy affecting all aspects of social interactions. Everyone has a role in society as a result of hierarchy - therefore it is vital to respect it. Koreans are most comfortable interacting with someone they consider their equal.

What are the cultural taboos in Korea? ›

If you're dating in South Korea, it's frowned upon to engage in PDA, or public displays of affection. It's okay to hold hands, but anything more than that will result in stares of disbelief. Instead of kissing or hugging in South Korea, couples show their affection by wearing matching outfits.

What is the Korean insult for foreigners? ›

Many foreigners pronounce the "g" as "k" -- for instance, "gimchi" is pronounced "kimchi." So Koreans started pronouncing the Korean word foreigner as "oekuk-saram." Koreans who said it because they thought it was a form of expressing friendliness said they never thought it would insult someone.

Is smiling rude in Korea? ›

Smiling: As well as an expression of glee and humour, smiling can indicate that one is feeling ashamed or embarrassed in Korean culture. For example, a Korean may smile when they make a mistake. Sneezing: Sneezing is considered rude in Korea.

Is thumbs up offensive in Korea? ›

Single Thumb Up

If you want to say okay or good, you can give a thumbs up. Most of the time, Korean people don't say how impressed they are. They would show you a thumbs up with expressions of admiration and awe on their faces.

What are the 5 rules of South Korea? ›

Meeting & Greeting
  • Bowing is the traditional way to greet in South Korea.
  • Handshakes often accompany the bow among men.
  • Your left hand should support your right forearm when shaking hands.
  • Korean women do not always shake hands and may slightly nod instead of a full bow.
  • Always bow to individuals when departing.

Is kissing a big deal in South Korea? ›

In South Korea, passionate kisses and lingering hugs are considered tacky and inappropriate when they occur in public. Rather, they're seen as special, romantic moments that should be shared with your partner in a private setting.

What is important in Korean culture? ›

Family is the most important part of Korean society and the father is the leader of the family. They also believe in a hierarchical structure and children help their parents and must obey them and show respect to the elders.

What is Sajangnim? ›

Therefore, numerous job titles in their polite form, such as “sajangnim (사장님, president, CEO)”, or “bujangnim” (부장님, General Manager)” are used to address others, or kinship and family terms such as “imo” (이모, 'mother's sister'), “hyeong” (형, 'brother') and “eonni” (언니, 'sister') are used whenever people feel close or ...

How do you address someone in Korea via email? ›

Addressing Korean names in an email must be done correctly. Find out the recipient's title and write 안녕하세요 (annyeonghaseyo or hello) in the first line of email. Recipient's Name + Title님 안녕하세요, If you're not sure of the title, use 담당자 instead.

What does Annyeong Hi Gyeseyo mean? ›

#2 안녕히 계세요 (annyeonghi gyeseyo) - “Bye” in Korean when you're leaving. When you're leaving and saying goodbye to someone who is staying, you'd use this phrase to mean something along the lines of “stay peacefully” or literally, “please peacefully exist”. You already learned 안녕히, so let's look at 계세요.

What does Unni mean? ›

언니 (eonni; unnie) Literal meaning: “older sister” Is also used to call: A female friend or a female sibling who's older than you (as a female)

What does Yeogiyo mean in Korean? ›

여기 means 'here' and 요 is an end particle to be polite. However, 여기요 is more used in almost the same way as 'excuse me', to get attention.

What is the female version of Hyung? ›

You can use unnie to refer to an elder sister or an older female acquaintance if you're a girl. If you're a man, you use hyung to refer to an elder brother or an older male buddy. Also, if you're a man, you use noona to refer to an older female companion. Now let's move on to other Korean Terms!

How do you say yes please in Korean formal? ›

예, 주세요 (No machine translations here!)

What is the most formal way to say thank you in Korean? ›

2. 고맙습니다 (go-map-seup-ni-da) — Formal and Polite. This way is also commonly used to say thank you in Korean.


Top Articles
Latest Posts
Article information

Author: Stevie Stamm

Last Updated: 07/12/2023

Views: 5899

Rating: 5 / 5 (80 voted)

Reviews: 95% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Stevie Stamm

Birthday: 1996-06-22

Address: Apt. 419 4200 Sipes Estate, East Delmerview, WY 05617

Phone: +342332224300

Job: Future Advertising Analyst

Hobby: Leather crafting, Puzzles, Leather crafting, scrapbook, Urban exploration, Cabaret, Skateboarding

Introduction: My name is Stevie Stamm, I am a colorful, sparkling, splendid, vast, open, hilarious, tender person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.