Polite words in Korean
How to pronounce polite words in Korean...
Small talk usually starts with “저기요/jugiyo”. It literally means “that place” or “over there”, and is close to the English phrase “Excuse me”. You use this word to break the ice.
Here are some more phrases you can use:
Excuse me / Pardon me (formal)
Phrases of gratitude and apology are the most essential phrases in any language. Suppose a stranger picks up and hands over your wallet, which you’ve just dropped. What do you say? Suppose you accidentally step on someone’s foot. How do you say “I’m sorry”?
The easiest phrase of gratitude is Gomawoyo.
You should know that you use Gomawoyo only when speaking to family, friends, or strangers who appear easygoing and younger than you. When thanking a teacher, your boss, a stranger who looks older than you, or someone who looks not so easygoing, use one of the following phrases instead:
Daedanhee gamsa hamnida
Thank you very much
Koreans say “thank you” as often as Westerners, and always reply with “Don’t mention it” or “Never mind”.
Don’t mention it / You're welcome
Never mind / It doesn’t matter
To apologize for something you have done, or for causing someone pain or inconvenience, say Jwesong hamnida (I apologize.) In an informal context, Mian hamnida (I’m sorry) is just fine.
Use all of the above phrases liberally, and you’ll find that people will treat you better.
Anyoung hee gaseyo!
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