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Expressions Used for Saying Goodbye

November 22, 2010 by jonathnnpnway · No Comments · Uncategorized

Everything in life has a starting point and ending point. For example, a stunning sunrise is constantly followed by an amazing sunset. Every time you meet somebody, greetings start with a “hello” and ends with a “farewell.”

In Korean, there are several ways of saying “bye.” Whenever responding to your best friends and people close to you, you can use the informal expression. On the other hand, there is a formal manner of telling bye that is employed when conversing to those older than you. Always take into account the social status of the individual you are conversing with, when pondering the suitable “goodbye” expression to use. For instance, a employee in a business, could use the phrase “Jal gaseyo” to say farewell to the manager whenever that individual is the one going away. However, use the words “Annyeonghee gyeseyo” to say farewell to a manager when you are the one going away. The distinction between the two phrases is small but necessary to remember. If you wish to courteously say goodbye to someone in the community who has a higher social rank, use the phrases “Annyeonghee gaseyo” and “Annyeonghee gyeseyo.” Conversely, if you are conversing to a friend who has an equal or perhaps a lesser social standing, you don’t need to employ formal language. You may simply say “Annyeong” as you bid farewell.

There are gestures that ought to accompany a courteous or informal bye. As mentioned previously, if you are expressing farewell to someone who has a higher societal position, you would say “Annyeonghee gaseyo” or “Annyeonghee gyeseyo” but in addition you should also make a graceful bow as a display of esteem. The courteous expression and the bow should also be applied when you are having a talk with visitors and people whom you are not close to. While a very simple hand wave accompanying “a Jal gara” is all that is necessary when speaking with a good friend or a person of equal or lower social standing. It is not necessary for you to bow towards the individual because the two of you have similar societal standing.

There are times when some expressions could be said in addition to farewell. If you have a close relationship with somebody, here are some of the usual expressions that you may wish to say in addition to a goodbye. To express that you will miss him or her, say “Bogoshipeulguhya.” The phrase “Jal itsuh” is an expression which means “Take care.” If you want to say “See you later on,” say “Doh Mannaja” to carry on any unfinished business with the person.

Let us assume the expressions previously mentioned are not addressed to someone of equal social rank but to those who have a higher societal rank, like your father and mother, teachers, and older relatives. Remember that courteous expressions are to be employed at all times. To let the person know that you are going to miss him or her, say “Bogoshipeulguheyo.” If you would like to remind the person to be careful, say “Mohm joshimhaseyo.” “Najoonge yhunlakheyo” is employed to say to the person “Please get in touch with me later.” Quite a few words in the Korean language are also used when saying goodbye to a person.

Great beginnings deserve great endings, therefore if you started a chat with a friendly hello then there is no rationale for you not to end it friendly bye.

Additional Resources:
Various Ways of Saying Well Wishes in Korean
The Way of Saying Teacher in the Korean Dialect
Way of Learning to Speak the Korean Language

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