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Best way to greet a Korean

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You may wonder when meeting a Korean, what’s the best way to greet him or her? Today, Emagasia going to teach the best way to greet a Korean. We have seen Korean Basic Conversation in Learn Korean Lesson 2 – Korean Basic Conversation. You may go through that lesson to learn some normal greetings.

Best way to greet a Korean

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Best way to greet a Korean

안녕하세요 is the most common greeting used when meeting someone. When you meet someone, greet him with 안녕하세요? no matter the time of day. There is no equivalent to good morning, good afternoon or good evening. It can be used either greet someone you meet for the first time or someone older than you (parents, grandparents) or greet someone you see everyday. So you can always use 안녕하세요?

But what if you see someone in the morning and then again later in the day? In that case, try this, ask 식사했어요? which means have you eaten?. When Koreans run into each other around a meal time, they often ask each other if they have eaten yet. But don’t misunderstand, it is not an invitation to eat together, just a greeting.

In Korea, meals are common subjects when making small talk. When passing a friend on the street, you might ask whether that person has eaten yet, and suggest that next time you go out for a bite together. But do not take these proposals too seriously. They are just ways of greeting and making conversation, not serious invitations.

Be that as it may, when it comes to time for a Korean to really invite you to a meal, you find that Koreans are not stingy. Koreans believe that courtesy requires making sure that a guest will be presented with such an abundance of food that there is no possibility of running out.

At the beginning of the meal, the host will say 많이 드세요. It is the guest’s difficult duty to try to consume all the food, which has been painstakingly prepared by the host. So, while it may not be the guest’s intention, he often ends up overeating. So, when you have a chance, give these greetings a try, 식사헸어요? and 많이 드세요.

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