Thank you in Korean
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To demonstrate our gratitude and appreciation for something we receive, we say “thank you.” After accomplishing a difficult and demanding job for someone we care about, a genuine “thank you” from the person can sometimes compensate for all the hard work.
“Gamsahamnida” 감사합니다 is the Korean term for saying “thank you” and it is used to show gratitude. In the Korean language “Gamsahamnida” 감사합니다can be used when one wants to politely say thanks to somebody. The word “Gamsahamnida” 감사합니다 is used in Korean, when speaking to someone who has a higher societal status such as a senior citizen, a supervisor or a parent. There is also an informal way to say “thank you.” The word “Gomawuh” 고마워 is an informal word used in Korean to say “thank you” and it is used when speaking to a person who is younger, or when speaking to a good friend.
Expressions using the phrase “thank you” include “Coffee Gomawuh” 커피 고마워which means “Thank you for coffee” and “Gidaryuhjwuhsuh Gomawuh” 기다려줘서 고마워 which means “Thank you for waiting.”
Oftentimes when the person’s appreciation is so tremendous and compelling, people express this gratefulness through the giving of gifts, presents, or offerings. In Korea this sort of a practice is quite normal. Koreans don’t mind going the extra mile to either give gifts or share lunch or dinner with someone who they feel indebted to. Sometimes cash is presented as a form of present.
When someone says “thank you” the usual reply is “you are welcome.” In Korean, the phrase “chuhnman-ehyo” 천만에요 means “you are welcome.” However, you can also say “you are welcome” using 3 additional phrases. The phrases can be translated as “you are welcome” but you literally are saying “it’s nothing” which expresses that it was no hassle. The following phrases mean “it’s nothing” which is a way of saying “you are welcome.” The first phrase is “byuhl guht ani-ehyo” 별것 아니에요. Next we have “byuhl malsseum-eulyo” 별 말씀을요. And a third way of telling the person it was nothing is: “gwenchanseupnida” 괜찮습니다.
The phrase “thank you” is often used to show gratitude. The phrase “thank you” and “you are welcome” are often used in the Korean language. Demonstrating gratitude and thankfulness go a long way in building friendships, fostering friendships and helps maintain good relationship with people.