Request sentences may be the most essential since it’s used in many different and all kinds of situations. We always have to be polite, especially when we want something from someone else. Today, we are going to learn how to request politely in the Korean language.
Asking Politely in Korean Language
When you make a request like ‘would you do this for me?’. You can use ‘주세요’ (it sounds like a someone’s name 😅, hey Juseyo, what’s up?). This 주세요 is also a conjugation.
주세요 has a nuance between ‘would you do?’ and ‘please do-’. It’s not so formal but polite. 주세요 sounds more like asking someone to do something politely. However, it’s not so much the same as ‘would you do -’ because the Korean language has more polite asking expressions.
Give Me in Korean Language
Here is the interesting part. ‘주세요’ actually means ‘give’ or ‘pass someone something’. So, if you directly translate ‘이것 봐주세요 which means ‘look at this’, it becomes ‘give me that (you) looking at this’.
You can use 주세요 with conjugating also. In this case, it only means ‘give me’ or ‘pass me’.
주세요 Means Please?
Many students know 주세요 as ‘please’. Well… Sadly that’s incorrect. This mistake is made when you understand Korean expressions from an English perspective. Technically, the Korean language doesn’t have ‘please’ that exactly matches the English expression ‘please’.
제발 Means Please?
Also, the common mistake is ‘제발’. You can find many tutorials that teach you that 제발 means ‘please’. That is 50% correct because 제발 is ‘please’ only when you are begging. It sounds a little bit desperate.
A little tip for you, you can use 제발 also when you are frustrated too. In that case, it’s really similar to ‘oh come oooooooooooon’. 주세요 conjugation already makes a polite asking tone in your speech just like ‘please’. So, you don’t need another word for ‘please’.
Even simple asking can be very different in the Korean language from your language. Accepting the culture differences means that you’re also going to accept differences between languages. Don’t forget this. By the way, did you like this tutorial? Yes? Why don’t you check one more tutorial then? and also, check our Patreon page, we are waiting for the new crew!
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