How Are You In Korean

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When greeting a person in Korea, you can use formal wordings especially if you are not acquainted with the person. Although greetings are used for the purpose of socialization, they are also utilized to show courtesy towards others. Different cultures have different ways of greeting someone.

The word “annyeong” 안녕 which is translated as “hello” is used in Korea for greeting close acquaintances. Close friends use the informal word “Annyeong” 안녕 among themselves. Similarly, “jal jinetsuh?” 잘 지냈어? is spoken to informally mean “how are you doing?” When talking to someone of the same social standing or lower social position, the greeting “jal jinetsuh” 잘 지냈어 is spoken. The word could for instance be spoken by a peer to another friend, an employer to the worker, the mother to the child. On the other hand, “Jal Jinetsuh-yo?” 잘 지냈어요? is a more formal way to ask “how are you?”To formally say “hello” one could say “annyeonghaseyo” 안녕하세요? To say “how are you?” formally, you could say “jal jinetsuh-yo” 잘 지냈어요? or “jal jineshuhtseupnika” 잘 지내셨습니까? The formal greeting is used when talking with those who have a higher social ranking than you, such as an instructor, parents, or a senior citizen. The practice of using formal and informal forms of the language came about because Korean community emphasizes social hierarchy.

Respect is extremely valued in Korea. Individuals often bow when greeting parents, seniors or those who should be honored. Though times have changed and many youngsters today say “hello” or “hi” when addressing their parents and seniors, people still practice the tradition of bowing. This is especially practiced during special occasions such as national holidays. There are Koreans who uphold the custom.

There are various ways of greeting in Korea. If you would like to informally say to somebody “Hi, how are you?” you can use the words “Annyeong, jal jinetsuh?” 안녕, 잘 지냈어? “Annyeong” 안녕 is an informal greeting commonly used among circles of friends. If you wish to formally say “hello”, say “annyeonghaseyo” 안녕하세요. When you would like to say the expression which suggests “long time since I last saw you” then you can say “Orenmani-eh-yo” 오랜만이에요. The expression “Uhdduhkeh Jinetsuh?” 어떻게 지냈어? is used to ask “How have you been?”

There are many questions that are often used to inquire a person’s well-being such as “What have you been up to?” which is “Mwuh-hago Jinetsuh?” 뭐하고 지냈어? in the Korean language. The saying “Jal Itsuht-uh-yo?” 잘 지냈어요? is used to courteously ask “How have you been?” Other related questions like “How are you feeling today?” is translated as “Oneul uhddeyo” 오늘 어때요? Likewise, the sentence “Oneul giboon-i uhdduhngayo?” 오늘 기분이 어떤가요? is used when asking someone “How do you feel this day?”

Knowing the primary expressions used for greeting people is just the first step to learning a language. As you keep on learning and being exposed to the Korean language, you will undoubtedly discover more expressions that can be used in daily circumstances.

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