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The real meaning of 'Yeoboseyo'

Hello Fellows, Just like me, if any of you (Korean learners) were curious about the real meaning of the word 'Yeoboseyo', then I'll tell you it in detail!

First of all the general difference between the words 'Annyeonghaseyo' and 'Yeoboseyo' is that one is a formal/polite greeting and second one is used when answering the phone calls.[Most of you probably knew so meh :/]

Secondly, 'Yeoboseyo' is composed of two words; Yeogi (Here) and Boseyo (look). Which literally means; Look over here Technically, it was (before the invention of telephones) used to refer to the person you're not sure talking to. For example, ''Yeoboseyo, Yeogi amudo eobsnayo?'' [Hello, Is there anybody here?]So, when you first pick up the phone and you're not sure who you might be talking to.

It's use just started for picking up phone calls and Koreans use it as a common phrase to pick up calls.

P.S. I got this useful information from http://organickorean.com It's really useful for Korean learners

Bye~

June 24, 2018

19 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/junghyun.cho

there is no real meaning in modern times. everyone only uses it to answer the phone. so you just use it as an answer when you answer the phone.

June 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Java150

You're somewhat right! Even if you ask some Koreans they would say, it doesn't have a literal meaning nowadays ^_^

June 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/SakuraIsHappy

Thank you!

June 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Java150

No problem! ^_^

June 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/LunarTurtle

I know I'm late, but thank you for this. I've always been confused by the term.

June 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Java150

I'm glad it helped :)

June 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/SukikpopXanime

comota

June 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/J-HOPPPE

This is very useful thanks uwu

June 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Java150

Np :D

June 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/DreVinci

Thanks for the link. That's a pretty intuitive website that has a lot of insight on the language as a whole.

July 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Java150

Nice to know! Yes, out of all the websites I have referred for Korean learning, this website seems most useful out of them. I hope you have fun learning!

July 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/LeeTaera0329

Thank you so much!! I always wondered why they said 여보세요.

June 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Java150

No problem!~ I was just so curious about it as well, but then I found this website where it was discussed clearly, whereas other ones didn't have that detailed thing. So I thought other fellow Korean learners would find it helpful too

June 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/PeaceLord

So nowadays, when a Korean enters an unfamiliar place and wants to see if anyone is there, would s/he say some form of 미안합니다? If so, what particular conjugation(s)?

June 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/wintertriangles

No, 미안 or 죄송하다 is only for your own mistakes. Not even used if you feel bad for someone's story, because you're saying it's your fault.

For your example, you can say 여보세요 or 누구 있어요?

June 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/PeaceLord

고맙습니다 (if that's the right form here). So 미안합니다 would be used by someone when caught trespassing, for example?

Anyway, this particular discussion reminds me of the saying that it's easier to ask for forgiveness than permission ...

June 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/wintertriangles

If you are caught trespassing, you wouldn't say 여보세요. You'd probably not say anything haha. Maybe I'm not sure what your question is. Can you ask again?

June 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/PeaceLord

That is, if caught trespassing, one would say 미안합니다 (if anything) rather than 여보세요. (Pardon any ignorant use of verb forms.)

June 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/wintertriangles

If you're polite, yes you can say sorry. Probably 죄송합니다, which is more formal. I was just confused because usually trespassers run away instead of staying to apologize :p

June 26, 2018
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