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INTRODUCTION
Debbie: Hello, and welcome to KoreanPOD101.com, the fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Korean!
Tim: I'm Tim, and thanks again for being here with us for this Absolute Beginner S2 lesson.
Debbie: In this lesson, you will learn how to request something in Korean politely.
Tim: You can do this simply by using the phrase 주세요, which means "please give me..."
Debbie: You'll also learn how to say "excuse me" and "thank you" in a formal situation. Tim, do you know where this conversation takes place?
Tim: "On the plane," which is 기내에서.
Debbie: The conversation is between...
Tim: "Tim and a flight attendant" (팀과 승무원).
Debbie: Since this conversation is between two adults who don't know each other well, the speakers will use formal Korean.
Tim: 존댓말 입니다. It's called "formal Korean."
Debbie: Let's listen to the conversation.
DIALOGUE
팀: 저기요..
승무원: 네.
팀: 물 주세요...
승무원: 잠시만요... 여기 물 있습니다.
팀: 감사합니다. 커피도 주세요...
승무원: 예, 잠시만요... 커피 여기 있습니다.
팀: 고맙습니다.
English Host: Let’s hear the conversation one time slowly.
팀: 저기요..
승무원: 네.
팀: 물 주세요...
승무원: 잠시만요... 여기 물 있습니다.
팀: 감사합니다. 커피도 주세요...
승무원: 예, 잠시만요... 커피 여기 있습니다.
팀: 고맙습니다.
English Host: Now let’s hear it with the English translation.
팀: 저기요..
Debbie: Excuse me...
승무원: 네.
Debbie: Yes.
팀: 물 주세요...
Debbie: Please give me some water...
승무원: 잠시만요... 여기 물 있습니다.
Debbie: Just a moment... Here is your water.
팀: 감사합니다. 커피도 주세요...
Debbie: Thank you. Please give me some coffee...
승무원: 예, 잠시만요... 커피 여기 있습니다.
Debbie: Yes. Just a moment... Here is your coffee.
팀: 고맙습니다.
Debbie: Thank you.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Tim: He seems so thirsty.
Debbie: He really does. First, he asked for water. Then he asked for coffee. By the way, Tim...how important is it to be able to politely ask a favor from someone else in Korean?
Tim: Hmmm... "It's very important" (아주 중요해요).
Debbie: Why is that?
Tim: Because Koreans use two types of speech. 
Debbie: One is "formal speech,"
Tim: Which is called 존댓말.
Debbie: And we just heard it in the dialogue. And the other one is "informal speech,"
Tim: Which is called 반말. Since Korean people expect to be polite toward each other, it's always better to be polite by using formal language.
Debbie: So...it's a way of showing respect toward one another…?
Tim: Yes.
Debbie: Oh, I see... Now let's move on to vocabulary.
VOCAB LIST
Debbie: Let's take a look at the vocabulary for this lesson.
: The first word we shall see is:
Tim: 저기요 [natural native speed]
Debbie: Excuse me.
Tim: 저기요 [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Tim: 저기요 [natural native speed]
: Next:
Tim: 네 [natural native speed]
Debbie: yes
Tim: 네 [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Tim: 네 [natural native speed]
: Next:
Tim: 물 [natural native speed]
Debbie: water
Tim: 물 [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Tim: 물 [natural native speed]
: Next:
Tim: 커피 [natural native speed]
Debbie: coffee
Tim: 커피 [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Tim: 커피 [natural native speed]
: Next:
Tim: 주세요 [natural native speed]
Debbie: Please give me.
Tim: 주세요 [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Tim: 주세요 [natural native speed]
: Next:
Tim: 감사합니다 [natural native speed]
Debbie: Thank you (formal)
Tim: 감사합니다 [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Tim: 감사합니다 [natural native speed]
: Next:
Tim: 고맙습니다 [natural native speed]
Debbie: Thank you (standard).
Tim: 고맙습니다 [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Tim: 고맙습니다 [natural native speed]
VOCAB AND PHRASE USAGE
Debbie: Let's have a closer look at the usuage for some of the words and phrases from this lesson.
Debbie: The first word is...
Tim: 저기요
Debbie: This means "Excuse me..." It's a very simple and useful expression to politely call for someone.
Tim: 저.기.요...
Debbie: If you want to call for someone politely, the first word would be...
Tim: 저기요, 데비씨...
Debbie: Can you say that a bit more naturally, Tim?
Tim: 저기요..,저기요...데비씨...
Debbie: Next, we have...
Tim: 네
Debbie: This means "yes." It's a very simple and polite response to "excuse me." Tim, I often hear Korean people saying 예 or 네. Is there a difference between them?
Tim: No, not really...you may use both, 네 or 예.
Debbie: I see. So...we can use them like this…저기요... 팀씨… ("Excuse me, Tim…").
Tim: Then... I would respond 예, 데비씨 ("Yes, Debbie") or 네, 데비씨 ("Yes, Debbie").
Debbie: Okay. The last phrase we're looking at is...?
Tim: 감사합니다/고맙습니다
Debbie: This means "thank you" or "I appreciate it." Tim, is there a difference between those two phrases?
Tim: No, not really... 감사합니다 comes from 감사하다 ("thank you") and 고맙습니다 comes from 고맙다 ("thank you") as well.
Debbie: Those two phrases are formal, aren't they?
Tim: Yes.
Debbie: How about the informal form?
Tim: 감사합니다 becomes 감사해 and 고맙습니다 becomes 고마워, but for now, using 감사합니다/고맙습니다 is enough.
Debbie: Okay. Thanks, Tim. Now let's move on to the grammar.

Lesson focus

Debbie: The focus of this lesson is on how to politely request something from someone by using the structure noun + 주세요, which means "Please give me [the noun]."
Debbie: Let's start with the word "water."
Tim: 물 주세요. ("Please give me some water.")
Debbie: How about with the word "coffee?"
Tim: 커피 주세요. ("Please give me some coffee.")
Debbie: It's very easy! Tim, why don't we practice some more?
Tim: Sure.
Debbie: Let's say you're hungry and you want a meal.
Tim: "A meal" is 밥 in Korean.
Debbie: Is 밥 "a meal?"
Tim: Yes, 밥 is "rice" and it also generally means "a meal."
Debbie: Oh, I see. So "Please give me a meal" in Korean is...?
Tim: 밥 주세요. ("Please give me a meal.") 밥. 주. 세. 요. 밥 주세요.
Debbie: Why don't we give our listeners a chance to practice? Listeners, please repeat after Tim. "Please give me a meal."
Tim: 밥 주세요.
[pause]
Debbie: Excellent work, you guys! Let's say I need a book to read and you have the book I want.
Tim: "A book" is 책 in Korean.
Debbie: Can you please say that again?
Tim: 책 is "a book."
Debbie: So "Please give me a book" in Korean is...?
Tim: 책 주세요. ("Please give me a book.") 책.주.세.요. 책 주세요.
Debbie: Okay. Listeners, are you ready? Please repeat after Tim. "Please give me a book."
Tim: 책 주세요.
[pause]
Debbie: Great! Don't you think KoreanClass101.com listeners are so smart?
Tim: Of course! They're a lot smarter than I am!
Debbie: Okay. This is a lot of fun! How about...when you need some love from your boyfriend or girlfriend?
Tim: "Love" is 사랑 in Korean.
Debbie: Can you please repeat that?
Tim: 사랑 means "love."
Debbie: So "Please give me some love" in Korean is...?
Tim: 사랑 주세요. ("Please give me some love.") 사.랑.주.세.요. 사랑 주세요.
Debbie: Okay, listeners. If you want to find a boyfriend or girlfriend in Korea, then please repeat after Tim. "Please give me some love."
Tim: 사랑 주세요.
[pause]
Debbie: I am sure they've got my love.
Tim: My love, too.
Debbie: Okay. Last one! This one is very practical for KoreanClass101.com listeners who plan to visit Korea... I bought something in Korea and the clerk didn't give me change.
Tim: "Change" is 잔돈 in Korean.
Debbie: One more time please...
Tim: 잔돈 "change"
Debbie: So "Please give me my change" in Korean is...?
Tim: 잔돈 주세요. ("Please give me my change.") 잔.돈.주.세.요. 잔돈 주세요.
Debbie: Okay, listeners. Tim did not give you your change on purpose, so please repeat after Tim. "Please give me my change."
Tim: 잔돈 주세요.
[pause]
Debbie: Learning Korean is so much fun, Tim! And it's pretty easy!
Tim: Isn't it?
Debbie: 저기요 팀. "Hey, Tim"...let's review today's lesson.
Tim: 네, 데비씨. "Okay, Debbie."
Debbie: It's time for you to think of what to say in a given situation. Pretend you are at Tim's house, and you are really thirsty. How would you ask Tim to bring you some "water?"
Tim: Remember, "water" is 물 in Korean.
Debbie: "Please give me some water" in Korean is...
[pause]
Debbie: Tim, the answer is...?
Tim: 물 주세요. ("Please give me some water.")
Debbie: How would you ask Tim to bring you some "coffee?"
Tim: Remember, "coffee" is 커피 in Korean.
Debbie: "Please give me some coffee" in Korean is...
[pause]
Debbie: Tim, the answer is...?
Tim: 커피 주세요. ("Please give me some coffee.")
Debbie: Okay. That's all for this lesson. There's a more detailed explanation in the lesson notes, so stop by KoreanClass101.com; and pick up the lesson notes. It has the conversation transcript, vocabulary, sample sentences, a grammar explanation and,
Tim: A cultural insight.
데비씨, 오늘 수업 고맙습니다. "Debbie, thanks for the lesson."
Debbie: 네, 팀씨도 감사합니다. "Yes, Tim. Thank you too!"
Tim: 그럼 다음 시간에 또 만나요. "I'll see you again next time."
Debbie: See you next time!

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Monday at 6:30 pm
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The New Series Absolute Beginner Season 2.

Meet the new hosts, Tim and Debbie, and learn Korean with them.

Learn how to politely ask a favor in Korean. 

Lyn
Thursday at 3:04 am
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Hi Ethan,


Thanks for commenting. Everyone has different methods to studying, so if you believe that writing it down will help you in your studies, please feel free to do so!😄


Cheers,

Lyn

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Ethan
Wednesday at 1:13 pm
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Do you want us to write all this down?

KoreanClass101.comVerified
Wednesday at 12:38 am
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Hello Lilia,


Thanks for commenting us with nice questions! Here come my answers!

Q1. I have two questions, could you say: 이거 주세요. to mean "please give me this"?

A. Yes, you can!

Q2. Also, if there was a stack of books in front of you but you wanted a specific one, how would you say "please give me THE book"?

A. In that case, you have to use Demonstrative Adjectives [이(this)/그(that)/저(that-(noun)-over there)]. So the sentence would be put as [이/그/저 책 주세요.] You may learn more about demonstrative adjectives from this lesson.

https://www.koreanclass101.com/lesson/beginner-22-who-is-this-guy/


Hope my answer was helpful! Thank you!


Best,

Rebecca

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Lilia
Saturday at 5:49 am
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I have two questions, could you say: 이거 주세요. to mean "please give me this"?

Also, if there was a stack of books in front of you but you wanted a specific one, how would you say "please give me THE book"?

Thank You :)

KoreanClass101.comVerified
Monday at 10:48 pm
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Hi lizzy,


Thanks for posting. To answer your question, regardless of where 여기 was placed, the sentences would mean 'here is your~(in this case, it would be water/coffee'.


Sincerely,

Lyn

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lizzy
Saturday at 10:50 am
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In the dialog, I noticed that the wording for "여기" is switched

"여기 물 있습니다" and "커피 여기 있습니다."

Is it possible to say

"물 여기 있습니다"

or

"여기 커피 있습니다"

and still have the same meaning? or is there an actual literal meaning once you switch 여기?

이거 읽어 주셔서 감사합니다!

KoreanClass101.comVerified
Wednesday at 9:59 pm
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Hi Ian,


Thank you for the positive feedback! Glad to hear the lesson was helpful to you. :smile:


Cheers,

Lyn

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Ian
Tuesday at 11:37 pm
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A most helpful and enjoyable lesson :smile:

KoreanClass101.comVerified
Tuesday at 9:37 pm
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Hi Beatriz,


Is it true that there is no word for “please” alone in Korean?

-> No, it is not true. :grin: 제발 is the Korean word meaning "please."


Meanwhile the verb 주다 meaning "give" is built in the phrase 주세요. Therefore, it is already understood as asking someone to give a favor. You can also say 제발 ___주세요. But it sounds too desperate for small requests such as the ones you mentioned.


Hope this helps. :)


감사합니다.

Claire

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Beatriz
Monday at 11:40 pm
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Is it true that there is no word for "please" alone in Korean?

주세요 is "Please give me", but what about when I ask someone to do something?

For example, "Please do the dishes", or "Please do your homework"...

Is there another expression for that we will be seeing on the next lessons?


고맙습니다! :heart: