Level 6 Lesson 6 / Word Builder Lesson 9 / -님


안녕하세요! Welcome to the 9th installment in the Word Builder series. In the Word Builder lessons, we introduce letters and words that work as building blocks of the Korean vocabulary. They are not necessarily all Hanja words based on Chinese characters, but many of them are. In this World Builder lesson, we will be looking at how to use the formal suffix of -님. We hope you enjoy the lesson!

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Level 6 Lesson 6 / Word Builder Lesson 9 / -님
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  • dewimoedz

    -님.. 희님 처럼,,ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ
    고마워요 선생님..^^

  • kimberly

    선생님들 안녀하세요!^^ 레슨 만들어줬어서 고맙습니다..^^

    질문 있는데요~~나이가 같은 사람들한테도 그 씨/님 이라는 말 해야돼요?

    • 나이가 같아도 처음 보는 사람들한테는 보통 이름 뒤에 “씨”를 붙여요. 하지만 “님”은 잘 쓰지 않아요.

    • 그래그

      근데 이해가 잘 안 돼요 아버지께서, 아버님께서 혹은 아버님이 인지 뭐가 맞아요? 아버지께서랑 아버지님이 라는 표현이 맞는 것 같은데요?

      그리고 그거 중 아무런 차이가 있어요? 어떤 경우에 뭐라고 해야 될까요

      그리고 나이가 많아 보인 낮선이나 윗사람이랑 대화하고 저 자신의 친척에 대해 말할 떄 친칙을 어떻게 불려야 돼요? 저희 엄마가, 저희 어머님이 혹은 저희 어머니께서 라고 해야 돼요?


  • Is the difference between 선생님 and 교수님 the same as in English, where 교수님 refers to college/university professors?

  • Samier

    안녕하세요 TTMIK님 ㅎㅎㅎ

    I learned some new words! I’ll be sure to address people on the internet with -님

    감가합니다 선생님 ㅎㅎ

  • hi.i do not speak korea.jast we like ss501.

  • Zia

    Hello. I can’t seem to download your PDF and mp3. I’ve tried your other lesson but it doesn’t seem to get through when I’m downloading this. Is there any problem whatsoever?

    • Sorry for the inconvenience. Would you please try to download it again after a while? I found that kinda problem happens are occured temporally in several countries.

      If you still have the problem later, please let me know that. I will send the file.

    • Zia

      Unfortunately, I’ve been trying to download it for sometime now. It still won’t get through. I don’t know what the problem is but I know that all is fine because I was able to download Lesson 7. I’d appreciate it if you’d just send the file, if I am not such a bother, I mean. Really. Thank you very much.

    • Zia


  • 고마워요 선생님!!

  • this reminds me of one story , Super Junior Heechul told his fan to call him Heenim , and he calls them petals, lol , you can laugh as much as you want , it’s just our (cheese ) romance

  • Francesco Colléter

    유명의 “이신” 장님이 사람 아라요?

    Do you know this famous blind person “Lee Sin” ?

  • Katherine Traylor

    저는 어린이한테 영어 가르쳐요. 그레서 어떻께 말해야 되요? “제가 영어 선생이에요” 나 “제가 영어 선생님이에요”? 제가 소개하면 항상 불편해요. – -;

  • Asha

    성현우 선생님 , 최경은 선생님 수고하셨습니다 🙂 늘 감사합니다 🙂 그리고 TTMIK 다 감사합니다 🙂

  • Matt

    선생님, “언니”와 “오빠”와 “오라버니”로 -님 형태가 있습니까?
    Are there -님 forms for the feminine forms for older sibling?

    레슨 감사합니다

  • 야씬

    총장님은 대학생한테 시험을 잘 보기 위해서 열심히 공부하라고 말했어요.
    (The college president told the students to study hard in order to do well on the exams.)

    교수님이 교실에 떠날 때 학생들은 항상 시끄러워요. (When the professor leaves the classroom, the students are always noisy.)

    그 고객님은 김밥보다 보쌈을 먹는 거 더 좋아해요. (That customer likes to eat Bossam more than kimbap.)

  • 안톤

    “사장님! 이거 멀마예요?”
    고객님들은 저한테 이계란찜이 좋으라고 했어요.
    우리 반잠님은 다음주에 시함이 어려운거 같으라고 했어요.

  • tamarharringtoncom

    If you’re in a hospital and the doctor is not around, but you have a nurse, should you call the nurse 간호사님?

  • Yuki

    사장님은 항상 화나 보인에요 근데 사장님 정말 친절한 사람이에요
    아르헨티나에서 선생님들을 부르기 위해서, 우리는 그들을 profe라고 했는데 ‘profesor’의 약자입니다