Self Introduction: Saying & Asking Names

How to say name in korean

 

1. Saying Your Name 

a) ‘name’ 이에요.   -> casual polite
b) ‘name’ 입니다.   -> very polite
c) ‘name’ (이)라고 합니다.   -> very polite
d) ‘name’ (이)야.   -> casual

 

How to say name in Korean

* ‘입니다’(ibnida) is changed to ‘임니다’(imnida), and ‘합니다’(habnida) is pronounced ‘함니다’(hamnida). When the ‘ㅂ’ 받침 – final consonant- is immediately followed by ‘ㄴ’ , ‘ㅂ’ changes to ‘ㅁ’ sound. If you haven’t yet learned 받침 – final consonant – go to this page. 

 

All above expressions are used to introduce your name with a varying degree of politeness. In my opinion, the first expression ‘~이에요’ is most commonly used in casual situations speaking to a stranger.

‘~입니다’ is used when you speak to an elderly or when you want to show your respect to the person you’re talking to. I’ll say generally more males would use this second expression.

‘~(이)라고 합니다’ is another polite way of introducing yourself. Its literal meaning is that “I’m called ~”. For instance, if your name is Jennifer, you say ‘제니퍼 라고 합니다’ meaning “I’m called Jennifer.” Note that if the Hangul spelling of your name ends with a consonant(자음), you say “~이라고 합니다”, instead of “~라고 합니다”. Let’s say your name is Tom, which is pronounced ‘톰’ in Korean, in this case your name ends with a consonant ‘ㅁ’, therefore you say ‘톰 이라고 합니다’.

The same rule applies to ‘name’(이)야. So you can say ‘제니퍼야’ or ‘톰이야’

 

2. Asking Names

  • 이름  ireum    = name
  • 성함 seongham :  formal word for 이름   = name

 

How to ask name in Korean

* Note the pronunciation change of ‘어떻게'(eotteotge) to ‘어떧케'(eotteotke). The consonant ‘ㄱ’ is pronounced ‘ㅋ’ when it’s preceded by ‘ㅎ’.

** ‘되십니까’(dwesibnika) is changed to ‘되심니까’(dwesimnika). When the ‘ㅂ’ 받침 – final consonant- is immediately followed by ‘ㄴ’ , ‘ㅂ’ changes to ‘ㅁ’ sound. If you haven’t yet learned 받침 – final consonant – go to this page. 

 

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