Unlike in English, there three forms of speech of the Korean language, which are: the Honorific, the Formal and the Informal. As the Korean language is based around Confucianism, and as Confucianism is based on age, we use different forms of speech depending on who we are talking to.
Take a look at this video for more about the three forms of speech of the Korean language:
For example, if you are talking to your friend in Korean, you would use the Informal form of speech; if you were speaking to your teacher in Korean, you would use the Formal form of speech; and if you were speaking to someone like the President of Korea, you would use the Honorific. As the Formal and Informal forms of speech are by far the most commonly used, this is what we focus on in our Korean lessons.
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