Today we’re going to talk about “please”. There are a few different ways to say please in Korean and reasons for using it. This will probably be a post I come back to later on. I’m still personally learning how to use this myself so let’s get started on what I do know. The more I learn, the more I’ll share.
제발 ( jebal) – this is one that is commonly used in textbooks. It’s used for situations of pleading or desperation. This is how you would make a strong request.
- 제발 가지마. (jebal gajima.) = Please don’t go.
좀 (jom) – this one is probably more familiar because it comes from another word, 조금(jogeum). It also means, “a little, somewhat, somehow” as well. Depending on the context. And you’ve probably heard this in kpop songs and dramas.
주세요 (juseyo) – this is more of a polite ending. When asking for something, it is literally, “Please, can I have…”
- 물 좀 주세요. (mul jom juseyo.) = Can I have some water please?/More water please.
-십시오 (shipshiyo) and -세요 (seyo) are formal and informal endings to say, “please”. Like 주세요 (juseyo), they come at the end and depending on whom you’re speaking with determinea whether you use -십시오 (shipshiyo) (formal) or -세요 (seyo) (informal).
And finally, -부탁합니다 (putakhamnida). I’ve been seeing where this is typically used for requests.
So that’s it for today! I’m hoping that this is helpful for you guys.