For the WOTD this week, we’re going to be revisiting topics that I probably skimmed over in previous posts. I realize a lot of the posts contained a lot of information and too many things at one time. I’m going to go through them and break them up as much as possible before adding anything new.
Today, we’re revisiting the phrase, “What are you doing?” and “What’s up”.
뭐하고있어? (Mwo hago isseo) (informal)
뭐하고있어요? (Mwo hago isseoyo) (formal)
We know that 뭐 (Mwo) means “What”. “ha-go” comes from 하고 (ha-da) which means “to do”. So “ha-go” in this sentence means “doing”.
있어(isseo)/ 있어요(isseoyo) means “is/am/are”. With 요(-yo) added, it becomes formal. So these two phrases literally translate to: “What are you doing?” just a more proper way to say it.
뭐 하세요? (Mwo haseyo?) means “What are you doing?” or “What’s up?”, “What’s going on?”, etc. It’s a formal and polite way to ask. The other way is, 뭐해? (mwo hae?). This is informal and used for your friends, people younger, etc., it means the same thing but a shorter way to say it.
So that’s it for today! I hope this lesson was helpful.