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"Can the teacher understand?"

Translation:선생님은 이해할 수 있습니까?

January 27, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Haenaemi

I am native Korean, but I feel this sentence unfamiliar. That is because of the Honorifics. 선생님 is usually the one to whom we should use honorific expressions. So I recommend the sentence 선생님께서는 이해하실 수 있습니까?. However the sencentce 선생님은 이해할 수 있습니까? is not a wrong sentence, but it sounds rude.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nleconte

Thanks for your input.

True, it is important to learn these honorifics and I hope they will be included in a separate section later on by the course creators. You can get by without, but to truly become fluent one should use them properly, otherwise, you'll get stuck in the "he's a foreigner so it's ok for him to be unknowingly rude" beginner level ;)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Neil431711

Nieconte, as for someone with my learning style, it is easier to learn the proper language initially rather than learn incorrectly and then relearn it again. I would rather be overly polite or formal than be considered rude or an ignorant foreigner. Personally, I offend enough people unintentially without finding a way to do it in a foreign language in a country where I am cosidered a foreigner.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/honeyrbw

"그 선생님은 이해할 수 있습니까?" should be accepted.

"선생님은 이해할 수 있습니까? sounds like a student is complaining to a teacher.

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