korean honorifics

korean honorifics means 존댓말 in korean language.

What is Banmal Korean?

Banmal is used in friends or close relationships. Banmal has casual endings.

What is the difference between Banmal and Jondaemal?

In Korean, Jondaemal and Banmal are very important. Let’s learn about Jondaemaland Banmal.
Jondaemal is also known as Nophimmal.
The listener distinguishes Nophimmal and Banmal.
You can use Nopimmal for the elder. Nophimmal is used when you need to be polite.
You can use Banmal for the younger ones. Banmal is used among close friends.
Nopimmal used to greet is “안녕하세요”
Banmal used to greet is “안녕”

What is polite Korean called?

Jondaemal also known as Nophimmal means polite in korean. 고상한 means polite in korean.

Does Korean have honorifics?

Koreans use honorifics to show respect to those who are older or of higher status.

Which are the “7” levels of speaking in Korean?

These 7 levels show different levels of respect, politeness and honour.
하소서체 – Hasoseo-che
하십시오체 – Hapsyo-che
하오체 – Haoche
하게체 – Hageche
해라체 – Haerache
해요체 – Haeyoche
해체 – Haeche

How to address someone in Korean?

You can add SSI (씨) after the name.
Hoe-jang (회장) ; president, or chairman
Sa-jang (사장) ; CEO
Isa (이사) executive officer
Bu-jang (부장)
Cha-jang (차장)
Gwa-jang (과장)
Gae-jang (계장)
Dae-ri (대리)
Ju-im (주임)
Sa-won (사원)
Intern (인턴)
You have to add NIM (님) after these titles.
You can directly call these titles also.
Aagasi 아가씨
Sunbae 선배
Hubae 후배
Unnie 언니

Korean honorific endings

SSI (씨) and NIM (님) are the most commonly used honorifics in Korean.
Korean honorific verbs

sir in Korean

선생님 is the literal meaning of sir/ teacher. You can also say 님 (Nim)/ 씨(SSI) for the term sir.

Korean honorifics list and meanings

감독 – 감독님 Director
과장 – 과장님 Head of section
교수 – 교수님 Professor
누나 – 누님 Older sister (of a male)
대리 – 대리님 Assistant manager
대표 – 대표님 Representative
동생 동생분 Younger sibling
딸 – 따님 Daughter
부장 – 부장님 Head of department
사장 – 사장님 CEO
선배 – 선배님 Somebody older or more senior
선생 – 선생님 Teacher
셰프 – 셰프님 Chef
실장 – 실장님 General manager
아들 – 아드님 Son
아버지 – 아버님 Father
어머니 – 어머님 Mother
오빠 – 오라버니 Older brother (of a female)
외할머니 – 외할머님 Maternal grandmother
외할아버지 – 외할아버님 Maternal grandfather
작가 – 자각님 Author
팀장 – 팀장님 Team leader
할머니 – 할머님 Paternal grandmother
할아버지 – 할아버님 Paternal grandfather
형 – 형님 Older male (to a male)
회장 – 회장님 Chairman
후배 – 후배님 Somebody younger or less senior

korean honorifics


Korean greetings according to time

안녕하세요? it’s Hi, Hello.

You can use this expression regardless of time. It means you can say 안녕하세요 for ‘good morning’, ‘good afternoon, ‘good evening’!

(만나서) 반가워요. It’s “Nice to meet you”.

How can we say “Goodbye?

안녕히 계세요. “Goodbye” to a person who will stay. And 안녕히 가세요. “Goodbye” to a person who will leave.

So, if both of us will leave, we can say 안녕히 가세요 to each other.

Now, we are going to see greetings with time expressions.

좋은 아침이에요! [조은 아치미에요] It means “Good morning!”

This expression is not very often used, because 안녕하세요 is more common.

Do you say often ‘Have a nice day!’?

We can say it in Korean, 좋은 하루 보내세요.[조은 하루 보내세요]

We can put other nouns indicating time instead of 하루.

It’s like ‘좋은 (the Noun) 보내세요’!

Have a good weekend! 좋은 주말 보내세요.

Have a good afternoon! 좋은 오후 보내세요!

Have a good evening! 좋은 저녁 보내세요!

Have a good night! 좋은 밤 보내세요!

How can you say”see you”! In korean?

내일 (tomorrow)

다음 (next (time))

주 (week)

How can we say “See you tomorrow!” in Korean?

We say 내일 봐요! or 내일 만나요!

Here, the infinitive verb of 봐요 is 보다 meaning ‘to see, watch’. And the infinitive verb of 만나요 is 만나다 meaning ‘to meet’.

내일 봐요! (See you tomorrow!)

내일 만나요! (See you tomorrow!)

We can use these words with the particle ‘에’ to indicate the time we will see.

N에 봐요! / N에 만나요!

See you next time! 다음에 봐요! / 다음에 만나요!

See you on weekend! 주말에 봐요! / 주말에 만나요!

See you next week! 다음 주에 봐요! / 다음 주에 만나요!

See you next time! 다음에 봐요! / 다음에 만나요!

See you on weekend! 주말에 봐요! / 주말에 만나요!

See you next week! 다음 주에 봐요! / 다음 주에 만나요!

There are expressions we can say just before going to the bed!

좋은 꿈 꾸세요! Sweet Dreams!

잘 자요! Sleep tight!


아침 (morning)

하루 (a day)

주말 (weekend)

오후 (afternoon)

저녁 (evening)

밤 (night)