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Introduction
Becky: Who is it? In this lesson, you’ll learn how to ask the question ‘who is it’ in Korean.
Body
Becky: Here's the informal way to ask 'Who is it?' in Korean.
Kyejin: [Normal] 이 사람 누구예요?(i saram nuguyeyo?)
Becky: First is a word meaning 'this'
Kyejin: [Normal] 이 [Slow] 이 (i)
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'person'
Kyejin: [Normal] 사람 [Slow] 사람(saram)
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'who'
Kyejin: [Normal] 누구 [Slow] 누구(nugu)
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'is, am, are'
Kyejin: [Normal] 예요 [Slow] 예요(yeyo)
Becky: Note the rising intonation. Listen again to the informal question meaning 'Who is it?'
Kyejin: [Slow] 이 사람 누구예요? [Normal] 이 사람 누구예요?
Becky: Here's the informal way to ask, 'Who is that?'
Kyejin: [Normal] 저 사람 누구예요?(jeo saram nuguyeyo?)
Becky: First is a word meaning 'that'
Kyejin: [Normal] 저 [Slow] 저 (jeo)
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'person'
Kyejin: [Normal] 사람 [Slow] 사람(saram)
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'who'
Kyejin: [Normal] 누구 [Slow] 누구(nugu)
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'is, am, are'
Kyejin: [Normal] 예요 [Slow] 예요(yeyo)
Becky: Note again the rising intonation. Listen again to the informal question meaning 'Who is that?'
Kyejin: [Slow] 저 사람 누구예요? [Normal] 저 사람 누구예요?
Becky: Here's a response meaning 'It's me.'
Kyejin: [Normal] 저예요.(jeoyeyo.)
Becky: First is a word meaning 'me'
Kyejin: [Normal] 저 [Slow] 저(jeo)
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'is, am, are'
Kyejin: [Normal] 예요 [Slow] 예요(yeyo)
Becky: Listen again to the response, 'It's me.'
Kyejin: [Slow] 저예요. [Normal] 저예요.
Becky: Here's a response meaning, 'That is my friend.'
Kyejin: [Normal] 제 친구예요.(je chinguyeyo.)
Becky: First is a word meaning 'my'
Kyejin: [Normal] 제 [Slow] 제(je)
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'friend'
Kyejin: [Normal] 친구 [Slow] 친구(chingu)
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'is, am, are'
Kyejin: [Normal] 예요 [Slow] 예요(yeyo)
Becky: Listen again to the response, that means 'That is my friend.'
Kyejin: [Slow] 제 친구예요. [Normal] 제 친구예요.
Cultural Insight
Becky: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Kyejin: Do you know the difference between 이 사람(i saram) and 이 분(i bun)? We learned that 이 사람(i saram) means "this person." 분(bun) is the honorific word for 사람(saram). So if you see someone who looks quite a bit older than you, you can ask "이 분 누구예요?"(i bun nuguyeyo?) to show respect.

Outro

Becky: And that’s all for this lesson. Don’t forget to check out the lesson notes, and we’ll see you in the next lesson!

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Wednesday at 06:30 PM
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Who is next to you or near you right now?

KoreanClass101.com Verified
Friday at 01:21 AM
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Hello DZAKYA,


Thanks for posting. 사람 is the Native Korean word for 'person', 분 is the honorific (polite) way to refer to someone, and 인 is the Sino Korean way of saying 'person'. In colloquial Korean, you will hear 사람 being used more often.

Hope this was of help.


Best,

Lyn

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DZAKYA NAYLA ALMIRA
Monday at 11:03 PM
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Can you tell me what is the difference of 사람, 분, 인

There are the same meaning of "person" right? But what makes them different??

KoreanClass101.com Verified
Thursday at 12:45 AM
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Hi Moon,


Thanks for posting. While 은/는 are topic marking particles, they are also used to generally refer to someone. So if you don't know someone and want to know, you would generally ask, "who is this?". In the case of the subject marking particle 이/가, it is used when you are referring to a specific person or place, or someone you know and are specifically referring to.

Example:


저 사람은 누구야? (Who is that person?)

아! 저 사람이야. 내가 저번에 말했던. (Oh, that's the person. The one I mentioned to you previously.)


So please try to remember it as such!

Best,

Lyn

Team KoreanClass101.com

Moon
Monday at 12:19 AM
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Hello,


I couldn't help but to wonder at this point, why didn't 사람 take the marking particle 이 this time?


so it'd be > 이 사람이 누구예요?


Is it because it's in a question form?

Or does it have certain rules that are not applied in this case?


Thank you

KoreanClass101.com
Thursday at 09:52 AM
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Hi 아린,


Thank you for posting! Please let us know if you have any inquiries.


Best,

Lyn

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아린
Tuesday at 04:51 PM
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제 고양이예요

KoreanClass101.com
Thursday at 10:06 AM
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Hi Alejandra Nielsen,


Thanks for posting. There are two 저 in Korean. One is the polite way to refer to oneself, and the other translates to 'there'.


Sincerely,

Lyn

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Alejandra Nielsen
Monday at 09:56 PM
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sorry, i didnt quite understand the meaning of " 저 " because first it said that it means "that" bt then you said that it means " me" so im a little confused.

KoreanClass101.com
Thursday at 12:36 AM
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Hello 비비,


Thank you for posting.


아무도 나의 가까이에 있지 않습니다.

-->제 옆에 아무도 없습니다.


And to answer your question,

누구예요 is an informal formal inquiry asking who someone is. It is an abbreviated version of 누구이에요?

This is different from 누구입니까?, which is the most formal way of asking who someone is.


Cheers,

Lyn

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저는 비비입니다.
Friday at 08:03 AM
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아무도 나의 가까이에 있지 않습니다.


I have a little question...

Have 누구예요 a formal version?

Like '저 분 누구있습니까?'