5. 해요(Haeyo) Style vs 하다(Hada) Style

In previous lesson, You’ve learned that Korean grammar has so many speech styles. Today you’re learning about most important 2 style styles : 해요 and 하다.


해요 Speech Style

you learned Korean with 해요 speech style and Korean grammar has many speech styles. you know 해요 speech style is most important for you. However, you may need to know about 하다 speech style too.

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와 진짜 예뻐!
Wow it’s so beautiful
= Conversational Honorific


먹다의 뜻이 뭐예?
What’s the definition of eat?
= Conversation Honorific


준씨는 문으로 걸어갔어
Jun walked to the door
= Conversational Honorific


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하다 Speech Style

‘하다’ speech style in Korean language is the most basic form of verbs and adjectives. Koreans use it when they speak exclamations or write a book or report and more importantly, you will see this style when you look up some Korean words in a dictionary.


와 진짜 예쁘!
Wow it’s so beautiful!
= Exclamation


의 뜻
Definition of eat
= Basic form of word


그 남자는 문을 향해 걸어갔
The man walked to the door
= Novel style / Objective Description

Difference Between Speech Styles

So, 해요 speech style is more for a real conversation and 하다 is something for writing or delivering information or facts in text. Although, You don’t need to use 하다 speech style in daily conversations at all.

As The Basic Form

The most important reason why you have to learn this style right now is that 하다 style is the basic form of any verb. Every Korean conjugations are based on 하다 style. So, knowing this most basic speech style can help you to learn Korean grammar and vocabulary fast.


말하다 – 말했다
say – said


먹다 – 먹었다
eat – ate


가다 – 갔다
go – went


I will teach you exactly when and how you can use 하다 style naturally in Basic Course. For now, you can 100% focus on 해요 style to reach the next level super fast and I’m 100% sure you don’t need other style right now to have any conversation unless you are a business person in a Korean company who has to go to some business meeting with Koreans right now, or a TV news announcer.


The differences between 해요 style and 하다 style are like this.


1. Used in a daily conversation or almost situation for having a conversation.
2. Not so formal, not so informal, still honorific, sounds friendly and nice


1. Used in a book, dictionary, report mostly in a text
2. Used as an exclamation in a daily conversation sometimes. (sounds like a talking to oneself)