부모 ‎(bumo) [Word of the Day]

안녕하세요!

We’ve talked about family in the past. How to say, mom “엄마 (eomma) or 어머니 (eomeoni)” and dad, “아빠 (appa) or 아버지 (abeoji)” but how would you say this together? You could say, “엄마와 아빠 (eomma wa appa)” or you could say, “my parents”. But how do you say “my parents”?

부모 ‎(bumo) | “parents”

-or-

어버이 (eobeoi) | “parents”

i.e.

  • 내 부모 (nae bumo) | “my parents”
  • 부모을 사랑해. (bumo-eul salanghae.) | “I love my parents.”
  • 너의 부모님을 보고싶어요. (neoui bumonim-eul bogosip-eoyo.) | “I want to see your parents.”

Grammar note:

Why do we use “님 (nim)” when referring to parents?

This is an honorific. It is attached to a title of someone in a greater position than you as a sign of respect. You would use this in reference to family members who aren’t your own. i.e, “her parents”.

Does it matter if you use 부모 ‎(bumo) or 어버이 (eobeoi)?

I’m not sure it does. I’ve seen them used interchangeably but this is something I’ll do more research on.

Ok so that’s it for today!

 

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