This Wednesday is the birth of a new day: the day of audio Word Wednesdays.
That’ll mean there’s less text here on Wednesdays, save for the words themselves and their descriptions.
However, as I say in the clip, my pronunciation isn’t that great. I’m pretty awful with languages, and Korean’s a bit of a struggle, so take my accent with a grain of salt. I mention it in the clip, but the way I pronounce “Please turn right” sounds like “Adults go to die”. So: salt, grain – grab it by the fistful.
Thank you, Google Translate app…
Anyway, onto today’s word: thank you.
Or rather, words plural – because there are three ways to say thank you in Korean.
To briefly go over what my audio explains, there are many levels of hierarchy in the Korean language, but we’ll stick to the broader high/middle/low range. So I’ll order the words in that descending rank from most formal to least formal.
Word: 감사합니다 kamsahamnida (kahm-sah-hahm-nee-dah)
Definition: Thank you. Formal; used for those who are older than you as well as to strangers and those in positions of superiority (bosses, teachers, general crowds, government, royalty, etc).
Word: 고맙습니다 komapseubnida (koh-mahp-seum-nee-dah)
Definition: Most close English comparative word is like when Brits/Aussies say “cheers”. Informal polite; used when you’re being more casual, but you still don’t know the person that well (acquaintances, coworkers, neighbours, the butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker, etc).
Word: 고마워komawa (koh-mah-wah)
Definition: Thanks. Informal; used when you know the person really well (friends, parents to their kids, kids to each other).
As an important note I also elaborate on in the audio, language hierarchy is based on age hierarchy – aka if a person is older than you, you have to be formal. If they’re younger than you, you get to be informal. It’s a sign of respect in Korea, so always make sure you use the most formal version first to avoid unintentionally offending people! In this case, it’s kamsahamnida.
So! Onwards to the audio lesson! Hope you enjoy. Please leave feedback about what you liked/didn’t like so that I can make it better for the following weeks. I’ll try and update my previous Word Wednesdays as well to add in some audio for if you ever want to look over them again, so I want to make them good! Komawa! (See what I did there? I used the informal buddy-buddy one cuz I love you all so much ^ ^).
(PS. I totally fail at keeping up with my own blog and say this is post #6…fail to me).
If the embedded player doesn’t work, try this link: https://soundcloud.com/martandrea/word-wednesday-thanks