YouTube: Learning Korean with Korean Unnie! – Hello and Names


Welcome back everyone (welcome back me!)!
Remember how I said I wanted to try to incorporate more Videos and such so we can see how to pronounce or how others say it? We are going to continue that way with one of my favorite YouTubers when it comes to learning Korean: Korean Unnie!

She is very sweet and does a very good job so I definitely recommend her videos.

What is also nice is that her videos can be shorter but are very informative. Her beginning videos tend to be on the much shorter side (for very good reason!) so I am actually going to share a few and go over them – though you mostly don’t need me for these.

This one is simple – Hello! She goes over different ways and I actually learned one more that I had not known before!

But pay attention to what she said – this is VERY old and not commonly used. So you can essentially keep that as a “oh that is neat” but won’t be used category.

But I definitely noted the bowing. (And I loved how she kept the part where she almost fell.) I tend to have that habit anyways, but worth noting!

This video, she goes about how to ask for someone’s name and how to respond essentially 3 different ways. They are slightly different than the way we learned – even the formal way. So let’s cover them really quickly!



이름이 뭐야?
내 이름 은 ___ 야. 나 는 ___ 야.

We are going to put my name in the sentences to make it easier:

이름이 뭐야?
내 이름 은 오유아 야. 나 는 오유아야.

Let’s break some of it down! (We are going to over what she went over in the video so some of this is review! Doesn’t hurt to go over it again.)

이름 means “name”.
뭐야 means “what is”.
So put it together, it literally is saying “(Your)Name, what is?”

Now remember, this is INFORMAL, so can use this with someone who is the same age or younger than you. And you feel comfortable enough. (Because if you aren’t close with a person, you would probably use formal until on more informal/personal terms.)

One of the ways to answer that question is similar to what we have already learned. But it is fascinating to hear the different ways to do so.

*Note* Most of what I have been showing has been FORMAL. Tis why it may vary a bit more. I prefer to learn formal first and then informal. Easier/safer that way.

내 이름 은 오유아 야.
나 는 오유아야.

Let’s break those down!

내 means “my”. It is the possessive form.
나 means “I”.
So if you look at those two sentences:

이름 오유아야.
My name is Oyoa.”
Remember how we talked about 은 being a topic pointer? Okay, so it isn’t quite a word that is translated. And “is” kind of isn’t quite represented, which is why both of them are in red. 

I am Oyoa.”

Simple yes? Informal tends to be a little bit shorter (or so it seems to me). Which isn’t bad. Next, Formal!



성함이 뭐에요?
제 이름 은 오유아 에요.
저 는 오유아 에요.

Let’s break all of this down now that we get the feel of all this.

성함 is the more formal way to say “name”.
요 is a term of respect.
제 is a humble way to say “my”.
저 is a humble way to say “I”.

This is the versions you would use at work, with someone who is older than you, or someone you are not quite yet close with.

What is (your) name? (Polite term)

이름 오유아 에요.
My name is Oyoa. (Polite term)

오유아 에요.
I am Oyoa. (Polite term)

Nice right? Simple and a variety of different ways to answer. Because we all know not everyone answers the exact same way every time.

Now for the last one she touched on: Honorific.


성함이 어떻게 되세요?

We aren’t going to quite break this one down, but I did want to point out a word we have touched in a previous entry: 어떻게

어떻게 in this means “how”. So it is a very humble and polite (and slightly indirect[?] way) to ask their name. She explained it very well in the video so it is worth watching a couple times to make sure.

Whew! Wasn’t that nice?


I really do enjoy her videos and highly recommend them. They are fantastic and easy to understand.

And she is adorable.

I hope you enjoyed these as much as I did! Until next time.



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