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안녕하세요 (annyeonghaseyo)
Hello and welcome to Korean survival phrases brought to you by KoreanClass101.com, this course is designed to equip you with the language skills and knowledge to enable you to get the most out of your visit to Korea. You will be surprised at how far a little Korean will go. Now, before we jump in, remember to stop by KoreanClass101.com and there, you will find the accompanying PDF and additional info in the post. If you stop by, be sure to leave us a comment.
In today’s lesson, we will learn how to respond to 감사합니다 (gamsahamnida) or in English, thank you. You are welcome in Korean is 천만에요 (cheonman-eyo). One time slowly, it’s 천만에요 (cheonman-eyo). And now once by syllable, it’s 천만에요 (cheonman-eyo). This phrase means something along the lines of, don’t mention it, not at all. Don’t worry about it, don’t sweat it, it’s no big deal, but my apologies, I make it sound like it’s a very casual expression. This is the total opposite. 천만에요 (cheonman-eyo) is a very polite and respectful phrase. This is used towards someone of higher social ranking. This is a very formal phrase. Because this phrase is so formal, there is another phrase which is very similar in meaning and carries a similar connotation.
This phrase is 아니에요 (ani-eyo). One time slowly, it’s 아니에요 (ani-eyo). And now by syllable, 아니에요 (ani-eyo). This phrase is actually the negative copula which basically means it translates into, is not but this basically has a same meaning and nuance as 천만에요 (cheonman-eyo), except not as formal. Let’s hear it once again slowly, 아니에요 (ani-eyo). Both phrases carry the connotation that you are deflecting someone’s gratitude and trying to be humble. So both of these phrases can be translated as not at all but not like, oh I am such a good guy, don’t worry about it. Not at all. It’s not like that. It’s more like, no, no, no it wasn’t much really. It’s nothing really. You see the difference.
Okay, this constant humbling of oneself is part of Korean culture. In Korean culture, it’s rude to brag and boast. People will try to humble themselves. If you’ve cured the common cold, and someone tells you that you are smart, it may be probable to hear 아니에요 (ani-eyo), telling the other person, no I am not. Humbling yourself will score you some big points in Korea. Okay, to close out today’s lesson, we’d like for you to practice what you’ve learned.
I will provide you with the English equivalent of the phrase and you are responsible for shouting it out loud. You will have a few seconds before I give you the answer. So 화이팅 (hwaiting)!
You are welcome or not at all, the formal one - 천만에요 (cheonman-eyo)
The informal, you are welcome or not at all - 아니에요 (ani-eyo)
All right, that’s going to do it for today. Remember to stop by KoreanClass101.com and pick up the accompanying PDF. If you stop by, be sure to leave us a comment.

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Wednesday at 6:30 pm
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Can you practice "천만에요." ? :)

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Thursday at 12:35 am
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Hi Rahma,


Thank you for the positive feedback! 천만에요! 😄

Please let us know if you have any questions.


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Lyn

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Rahma
Tuesday at 7:30 pm
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고맙습니다 for the lesson! 😀

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Tuesday at 5:21 am
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Hi Queen,


You're very welcome! Please let us know if you have any questions during your Korean studies.


Cheers,

Lyn

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Queen
Saturday at 3:32 pm
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대단히 감사합니다 im learning korean slowly but surely

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Wednesday at 8:56 am
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Hi Eli,


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


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Lyn

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Eli
Sunday at 6:45 pm
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감사합니다

Slighty being good at it

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Friday at 9:33 am
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HI Wesley Wisdom,


Welcome back! Study hard, please let us know if you have any questions.


Best,

Lyn

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Wesley Wisdom
Thursday at 3:48 am
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Glad to be back and done with my 휴가! I missed doing these lessons! 감사합니다 for all that you do.

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Tuesday at 5:11 am
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Hi Clarissa,


Thanks for posting. Both work when you want to say 'you're welcome/it's alright/no problem', or generally answering to someone thanking you.


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Lyn

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Clarissa
Sunday at 7:03 am
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Hi! I've also heard/seen "아닙니다 " used to mean something along the lines of "you're welcome". When should one use this as opposed to "천만에요" or "아니에요"?


아니에요!

Clarissa