Level 5 Lesson 2 / -시- (honorific) / -시-, 하시다

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Welcome everybody to the 2nd lesson of Level 5. In this lesson we are going to introduce how the honorific suffix -시- [-si-] is used in “politer” and “more formal” situations. Even if this is the first time you have heard about this “honorific suffix”, you probably have already seen some expressions before that have this word -시- in them, such as 안녕하세요, 안녕히 가세요 or 주세요. Thank you for studying Korean with us!! Enjoy!

You can view a free PDF for this lesson here, or if you want to study with our TalkToMeInKorean textbooks, you can get them here.


  • Katherine Traylor

    너무 너무 어려워요… ㅠ ㅠ

  • Eman

    아빠님께서 바빠세요.그래서 안 해요.
    아빠분께서 바빠세요.그래서 안 해요.

    when should I use 님 and 분 ?

    It’s really difficult )':
    It’d be great if there were sample sentences
    Thank you so much

  • Kampy

    Oh, I always wondered about this grammar. Thanks for explaining!

  • Daryll Inso

    제 아버지의 친구분께서 산을 등산하셨습니다.
    so this sentence is a compilation of this lesson’s grammar. is it correct?

  • Matt

    레슨은 어렵지만 매우 도움이 됐어요.

    제 친구번게서 저에게 중요한 문장을 가르치주셨어요. “다시 말씀해 주시겠습니까?” 이제는 현우와 경은 선생님께서 교사 홀륭하기 때문에 저는 그 문장을 이해할 수 있세요.

    This lesson was difficult but very helpful.

    My friend taught me an important sentence. “Can you please repeat that?” Now, because Hyunwoo and Kyeong-eun are wonderful teachers, I am able to understand that sentence.

    감사합니다.

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  • Leni

    Pretty sure this isn’t right…but here’s my best shot: Mother is using the phone right now. 어머님께서 지금 전화를 써셰요.

  • Robin Anderson

    Just had a question: At the end of the lesson we are taught that 시 is always translated into 세요 form e.g. 가세요 (not 가셔요). But isn’t this for present tense form only. In the past and future tense you would go back to using 셔? e.g. 가셨어요 or 가실 거예요? Is this correct?

  • Aurora Florentina Şindrilaru

    이웃님의 할머님께서 댁에서 같이 식사할 것 초대하셨어요. 할머님의 음식 아주 맛있으세요. Our neighbour’s grandmother invited us to have a meal together in her house. His grandmother’s food is delicious.

  • Jae Kyeong

    사장님께서 차정차를 운전하실 거예요.
    The manager is going to drive the car.