In this video, we will learn how to ask and answer our names in Korean.
After this video, you will know how to introduce your names and ask other people’s names.
In Korean, we distinguish between the informal, formal and honorific usage according to the circumstances or to whom you are talking.
So in my video, we will learn how to say “What’s your name?” and “My name is ___.” in all three ways: informal, formal and honorific.
Are you ready? Let’s go~
Q: 이름이 뭐야?
A: 내 이름은 __야. / 나는 __야.
‘이름’ means ‘name’, and ‘뭐야’ means ‘what is’. So “이름이 뭐야” is “What’s your name?”
Note that this is an informal way of saying, so you can say this only to someone who is the same age, or who are younger than you.
Answering this question, you can say “내 이름은 __야” which means “My name is __.”
Or you can also say “나는 __야.” which means “I’m __.”
‘나’ means ‘I’ in Korean and ‘내’ is a possessive form of ‘나’ which is ‘my’.
Q: 성함이 뭐에요?
A: 제 이름은 _예요. / 저는 _예요.
‘성함’ also means ‘name’ like ‘이름’ but it’s more formal and more courteous.
‘요’ is a Korean particle that has a meaning of respect. So “성함이 뭐예요” has the same meaning as “이름이 뭐야?” but it has more respect.
You can use this phrase to people who are older than you, or at work or people who you are not yet close with.
When you answer, you don’t say ‘성함’ for your own name because you want to humble yourself. You say “제 이름은 __예요.” which means “My name is __”. Or “I’m __” if you remember from the previous video, ‘요’ is a particle that shows respect, ‘저’ is a humble form of ‘나’ and ‘제’ is it’s possessive form.
Q: 성함이 어떻게 되세요?
A: 제 이름은 _예요. / 저는 __예요.
Honorific of “What’s your name” is not that different from the formal one, but you can ask a bit indirectly, saying “성함이 어떻게 되세요?” which literally means “How is your name.” Rather than directly asking ‘성함이 뭐예요?” which means “What is your name?”.
Now we mastered “how to ask for and respond names in Korean!” If you guys want to know how to spell your names in Korean characters Hangul, please leave a comment below and I will answer them. Please subscribe to my channel to learn more about Korean! Thank you!
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