용서하다 (yongseohada) [Word of the Day]

안녕하세요!

Today’s word is one that I was thinking about recently after watching a k-drama and listening to a couple of sad kpop songs. When someone says “I’m sorry” in English, the usual response is, “I forgive you”. Of course at times people may say, “Please forgive me”. So how do you express this in Korean?

용서하다 (yongseohada) [v] | “to forgive”

Examples:

  • 용서해 주세요. (yongseohae juseyo) | “Please forgive me”
  • 나는 용서해요. (naneun yongseohaeyo.) | “I forgive you.”
  • 저는 존씨를 용서해요. (jeoneun jonssileul yongseohaeyo.) | “I forgive you John.”

Of course you wouldn’t necessarily need to say this but in the event you just wanted to know how to say it, here’s an option.

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