LEARN KOREAN LANGUAGE

Greetings

Greetings
There are three basic ways to greet someone in Korean, depending on what
degree of politeness and/or formality the situation requires:
안녕? (Very casual – not used among adults)
An-nyeong?
안녕하세요? (Honorific)
An-nyeong-ha-se-yo?
안녕하십니까? (Honorific, formal)
An-nyeong-ha-sim-ni-kka?
1) Generally, you should use the honorific form:
Jack: 안녕하세요?
An-nyeong-ha-se-yo?
Olivia: 안녕하세요?
An-nyeong-ha-se-yo?
2) However, when a student greets a teacher, the formal expression can be
used:
Student: 선생님,1 안녕하십니까?
Seon-saeng-nim, an-nyeong-ha-sim-ni-kka?
Teacher: 안녕하세요?
An-nyeong-ha-se-yo?
3) And when two young people bump into each other on the street, they can
just say 안녕? (An-nyeong?).

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