Korean Vocabulary: Titles for People

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Titles for People in Korean

Here are some common Korean vocabulary for titles that people use for one another. Remember that Korean uses titles for people most times (not all the time) instead of addressing them directly by name. If you want to study even more and improve your Korean, check out our ebooks over at the Dom & Hyo Store.

Vocabulary words used in this graphic:

교수님 (gyo-su-nim) = Professor

선생님 (seon-saeng-nim) = Teacher

의사선생님 (ui-sa-seon-saeng-nim) = Doctor

누나 (nu-na) = Older female (used by men)

오빠 (o-ppa) = Older male (used by women)

언니 (eo-ni) = Older female (used by women)

형 (hyeong) = Older male (used by men)

아주머니 (a-ju-meo-ni) = Ms./Married older woman (honorific)

아쩌시 (a-jjeo-si) = Mr./Married older man

기사님 (gi-sa-sim) = Driver (honorific)

어르신 = (eo-reu-shin) = Elder person (honorific)

Also remember that romanization is only a tool. Try not to depend on it too much. Learning the Hangul alphabet is the key to success!

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