Level 3 Lesson 27 / Politeness Levels / 반말 and 존댓말

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안녕하세요! In this lesson, we are talking about the differences between the different politeness levels in Korean. The most casual and intimate language is called “반말”. Find out more about when you can and cannot use 반말 and how to use it by listening to this lesson.



You can download a free PDF for this lesson here, or if you want to study with our TalkToMeInKorean textbooks, you can get them here. And after you learn the basics, try writing your own Korean sentences and get corrections from native speakers through HaruKorean, our 1:1 correction service.


  • rochim hidayah

    저는 억양도 어려워서 이상한 얼굴을 받았어요.

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  • http://travelworldheritage.com/ Maximuz

    I don’t know if anyone has made this comparison yet, but 반말하고 존뎃말 is incredibly similar to Spanish and how you speak in “usted” and “tu.” The parallels between our cultures are fascinating. Furthermore, our a,e,i,o,u accent is the same as Korean.

  • Esat Armağan Kaymaz

    현우 씨 우리의 선생님예요. (I hope I didn’t make any mistake :/ )
    Mr. Hyunwoo is our teacher.

  • samah

    thank you for the lesson but there is something confusing ….

    you said if you are the younger one i can say ..

    (말 놓으셔도 돼요).

    (which mean ” you can speak comfortably with me”) ..

    it is confusing…

    1. if i want to ask him( i’m the younger ) “Can i speak 반말 with you?” what should i say ?? or I can’t ask him because he is older ???

    2. if i say 말 놔도 돼요? to someone older than me is it consider not polite ?

    i don’t know if you understand my point but please answer me ..

    thanks for advance..