Hi in Korean Language
When one begins to learn a new language, usually, words for “good morning” and “hello” are among the first several words the person learns. If you would like to be familiar with the language, you need to spend time for learning the language and practice it everyday. In addition to learning the salutations, knowing how to say goodbye is also important. It will also be good to know some facts regarding the Korean views on hugging and handshaking, which are relatively new concepts which are also used for greeting people.
In the Korean language, “hello” is translated as “annyeonghaseyo” which is a traditional and polite way to greet individuals. If you want to use a friendlier or more casual greeting of hi, say “annyeong.” The informal manner of greeting is used by those who know each other quite well and are good friends.
One can say “Annyeong! Jal jinet-uh if you want to say hello to a friend and ask how he is doing at the same time. To ask about the person’s well-being and how his employment is going, simply ask “Mohm-eun guhnganghye?” and “Il-eun jan dwegani?” respectively. To continue to make small talk with a friend, one may ask what he has been doing by saying “Mu-uht-eul hago jineni?” When asking about the condition of his parents one can use the phrase “Bumonim-eun jal gyeshini?”
After greeting the person and when finishing the conversation, there are some proper expressions that can be used for saying goodbye. You can say “jal ga” to mean “goodbye” and “najoong-eh boja” to mean “see you later.” If you want to say “Where are you going right now?” you can say “Jigeum Uhdiro Ganeun Joong-ini?” Asking someone to contact you later would be “Najoong-eh yuhnlakhye.” You could say “Joh-eun haru boneh” to your friend if you would like to wish your friend a happy day.
There are more expressions people use when parting from each other like “Joshimhesuh ga” which means “Take care on your way.” Lastly, to express how glad or nice it was to meet him say “Mannasuh bangawuhtsuh” and to ask if you could meet together more often use “Ahpuro jaju mannaja.”
It has been said that Koreans do not hug one another frequently enough. The opposite is true, Koreans do use hugging. Most notably the younger generation are more disposed to embrace one another when seeing a close friend or when saying goodbye.
In the case of handshaking, some Koreans find it quite impersonal. Some Koreans feel that shaking hands lack the sense of sincerity that the traditional bow gives. Juniors are still expected to bow before a senior as a token of respect, such as a child to his parent. Nevertheless, because persons are different individually you will find some youngsters just saying “hello” to his or her parents. Likewise, you will see parents giving their sons and daughters the warmest hug they can give. You might even hear them say “Orenmaniya” or “Long time no see.”
Koreans practice hugging, shaking of hands, bowing and salutations when greeting others. Though there are expressions of greetings that are more accepted by some than the others.
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