"Nice to meet you. I am Minji."

Translation:처음 뵙겠습니다. 저는 민지입니다.

September 17, 2017

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Nice to meet you is not 처음 뵙겠습니다. This is totally wrong! Nice to meet you in Korean is 만나서 반갑습니다! While 처음 뵙겠습니다 means "It's my first time to meet you".


You’re right, that would be a literal translation. Nevertheless, I think the translation as “Nice to meet you” is fine based on how the phrase is used. When I think of 처음 뵙겠습니다, I think of a situation where I first address somebody of higher status for the very first time (maybe after a mutual acquaintance has introduced us). Then I would say: 처음 뵙겠습니다. 방아분이라고 합니다. Then maybe one more sentence to introduce myself, and then 만나서 반갑습니다 (or depending on the situation maybe 잘 부탁 드립니다 instead).

Unfortunately English doesn’t have a direct equivalent to this formula. You can say “nice to meet you” either before or after introducing yourself, and there isn’t really anything to take the place before if you put “nice to meet you” after (except a greeting maybe). You definitely wouldn’t say “I’m meeting you for the first time!” So I think a translation as “nice to meet you” is fine as the closest approximation in terms of conversation flow. But I do think there should be an explanation of the Korean pattern of introducing yourself in the tipps section.


If we used this sort of logic, 눈물 should only ever be translated as "eye water."


As AbunPang mentioned you're technically correct but no one ever says "It's my first time to meet you." So the closest and most appropriate translation is "Nice to meet you." You can't translate language directly and it's a fallacy to interpret language in such a manner. Language should rather be localized to match the context.


This greeting is used when you meet the person for the first time as you mentioned. That is the reason why Minji introduce himself as Minji in the second sentence. So in context it is right.


You just gave the literal translation.


@duolingo: nothing mentions the level of formality so WHY is the most formal form only accepted? ps: you randomly accept or not different levels of formality so why not here and why elsewhere? would be interesting to know for those who try to learn Korean here...


Do you mean something like 처음 뵙겠어? That doesn’t work because 뵙다 is already an honorific verb “to meet someone of high status”. So 처음 뵙겠습니다 is pretty much a fixed expression. If you want to use plain speech you have to switch idioms altogether. Something like 만나서 반가워. 난 민지야 should be accepted. Feel free to report it (using the flag button) if it’s not.


Could someone break down each part of the first sentence?


처음(으로) - for the first time, 뵙다 - most formal version of 보다. However, 뵙다 in conjugation can only use 겠다 (and maybe something else, someone correct me if so). So the first sentence is saying "We're seeing each other for the first time." I've never heard someone say that before though. People usually say "반가워요" (I'm glad [to meet you]) or "만나서 반갑습니다" (Since we're meeting, I'm glad).


I agree, I haven't heard 처음 뵙겠습니다 very often either (though I have to admit I don't have a lot of contact with Koreans who would warrant this level of respect xD). I wonder if it has a long native history or if it's a calque on Japanese 初めまして.


The hint for this sentence currently says "nice to meet you" is "만나서 반갑습니다."


I typed in 만나서 반갑습니다 and it was marked as incorrect. I reported it as it should also be accepted. If you search on the Naver EN-KO dictionary "Nice to meet you" is literally the first thing that comes up.


Yes, that should be accepted.


How about: 반가워 난 민지야 ?


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