당신

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Korean[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Sino-Korean word from 當身.

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

당신 (dangsin, McCune-Reischauer: tangshin) (hanja 當身)

  1. second person singular plain (non-polite) pronoun; you

Usage notes[edit]

  • The second person singular pronouns are rarely used in public Korean. Using 당신 (dangsin) to a stranger is usually considered insulting; it is more commonly used between mature married couples. Instead, the person's title is often used, or 선생 (seonsaengnim, “(respectable) teacher”) if the person's title is unknown, for strangers or superiors:
선생님, 안녕하세요?
seonsaengnim, annyeonghaseyo?
“How are you, sir?” (literally, “Teacher, are (you) at peace?”)

For friends, it is more common to use the person's name.

Synonyms[edit]

Related terms[edit]

  • 당신들 (dangsindeul, “you (plural)”)