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Questions tagged [polite]

Regarding the use of the language in a manner that is polite.

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Addressing someone on the street you have never met and who is of ambiguous age

I was visiting Korea (강원도 춘천시) recently and needed to ask directions to a building on a college campus. (강원대학교 for those who are interested). I was on foot and I did not immediately see a campus map ...
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교수님 성함께서는 vs 교수님 성함은

우리 교수님 성함은 심만찰이십니다. 우리 교수님 성함께서는 심만찰이십니다. I saw the first sentence in my Korean textbook. I am wondering why don't we use 께서는 after 성함 as in the sentence #2.
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Is it grammatically correct to add 요 to everything?

I thought 요 was only a verb ending, and my textbook did not introduce adding it to all sorts of parts of speech, which I hear regularly in Korea. From the well-known 저도요 to 이렇게요, noun + 요 etc. Is that ...
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What's the meaning and appropriate usage of 잘 부탁드립니다?

I sometimes hear the phrase "잘 부탁드립니다" used in certain formal settings, for instance during introductions. It seems to mean, literally, just "I request (something)"; that doesn't really make sense to ...
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If you accidentally use an inappropriate level of politeness, what is the best way to 'recover'?

Let's say I accidentally say "몇 살이에요", "어디 가?", or "밥 만들어줄까?" to a superior, and immediately realise my mistake. What's the best way to recover from the mistake? Should I repeat the sentence using ...
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What are some ways to refuse politely?

In various situations I'd like to be able to refuse politely. What are some ways I can do so? In particular, I'd like to see a variety of phrases with different levels of formality. For example, in ...
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Can 어떻게 돼요 be seen the polite way to say 뭐예요 ('what is it')?

I have seen 어떻게 되다 used for asking politely about personal attributes: 성함이 어떻게 되세요? => What is your name? 아버님은 연세가 어떻게 되세요? => How old is your father? But I have also seen examples like ...
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How should I use the pronoun 당신?

This is an issue I run into occasionally when teaching others Korean, especially those who learned some Korean via music. I know that 당신 is an intimate form of "you." Since we avoid explicitly using ...
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What's the honorific to represent a female's older sister?

I got to know that Korean grammar uses an extensive system of honorifics and those are used to differentiate between formal and informal speech. So ways to formal speech is to honorific nouns and ...
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When to use -세요 and when -(으)ㅂ니다?

This is one the questions from the definition phase and I would like to get it discussed in the main site. (으)세요 and (으)ㅂ니다 are both honorific ending. When should we use one over the other?
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Do we use honorifics when talking about seniors in the third person?

This is a question from the definition stage and I would like to get it discussed in the main site. What are the rules for using honorifis when we are talking about someone in the third person? For ...
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What is a polite term of address to use for a friend's mother?

What is a polite term of address to use for a friend's mother? Is it impolite to call her by name?
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How can I ask someone to repeat a statement in Korean?

I have a hard time grasping the meaning of certain Korean phrases the first time I hear them, especially when they are quickly. How can I politely ask someone to repeat something they just said?