이분 (ibun) | [Word of the Day]

안녕하세요!

Okay, so I know you saw this and figured this was going to be a post about telling time but no, this is a post about identifying people. This is another one of those words that can mean two different things.

Let’s get started!

  • Typically how you’re used to seeing this
    • 이분 (ibun) | two minutes
      • 이 (i) | two
      • 분 (bun) | minutes

Now, I’m going to show you the second meaning to this word

  • 이분 (ibun) | this person
    • 이 (i) | this
    • 분 (bun) | counter used for telling time and also an honorific for identifying a person

i.e.,

  • 이분이 제 선생님입니다. (ibun-i je seonsaengnim-ibnida.) | “This person is my teacher.”
    • 제 (je) | honorific for my
  • 이분이 여동생과 남동생입니다. (ibun-i yeodongsaeng-gwa namdongsaeng-ibnida.) | “This is my older sister and my younger brother.”

 

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