Level 4 Lesson 5 / “당신” and “you” / 당신


In this lesson, we talk about the word 당신. This word appears in a lot of song lyrics and drama lines to mean “you” but is it really appropriate to use the word “당신” whenever you want to say “you” in Korean? Let’s find out!

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Level 4 Lesson 5 / “당신” and “you” / 당신
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  • Matt

    지금 당신의 마지막 잘못 만들었어. = You just made your last mistake.
    당신의 얼굴이 나를 성난하고 있어. = Your face makes me angry.
    당신은 아픈 눈 경치예요. = You’re a sight for sore eyes.

    감사합니다 for the lesson!

  • Esat Armağan Kaymaz

    당신이 뭐 말하고 있어요? = What are you saying?

  • Katie Garcia

    당신은 천국에서 왔어요?

    Did you come from heaven?

  • Dania Freih

    i’ve been listening to this waiting for you to mention 그대 , but nothing… i really want to know about it. Thank you

    • Seokjin Jin

      그대 also means “you”, but it is quite poetic term. It is not often used in daily conversation. You may listen it from Korean songs and poets.

    • Dania Freih

      알았어요.. 감사합니다 선생님 ^^
      by the way, i loved how you brought those sample sentences to life 😉

  • MarieD

    How can I adress to a friend I’m not very close to/getting to know? I feel like 씨 is too formal, can I just say the name (or name + 이 when it ends with a consonant)?

    • Seokjin Jin

      If you both are teenagers, I think you can just add -야 after the person’s name. However, if you are older than that, you may still add -씨 after name.

  • 陳姸如

    Thank u! It’s really useful.

  • 야신

    Thank you for explaining “당신”.

  • NDH

    Could you update this PDF with the example sentences used in the podcast? In addition, please include the other ways to address a stranger.

  • McKenzie Rodwell

    Thank you for the lesson TTMIK!! 🙂

  • You and what ARMY?

    What about “당신이 맞아요” Do you not say this?

    • Neky Choi

      That’s good when you’re speaking with your marrage partner. But if not, 당신 is not good, but just 맞아요 or ○○ 씨 말이 맞아요 is better. 당신 is a quite hard word to master, even Koreans have trouble with using it.

  • 3mpr3ss_Aiah

    this is awesome.

  • Manyo

    cheesy – 느끼하다 – 이렇게 말해요?

  • 현미

    인피니트 남우현씨 아주 느끼해요 ㅎㅎ
    btw, my teacher said that couples say 자기 since it means ‘myself,’ so you are calling the other person ‘your other half.’ 🙂

  • ryebun17

    1. 당신, 앉아 주세요, 지금 말해야 돼요.
    2. 당신 뭐 해, 죽을래?
    3. 어서오세요 손님, 오늘 뭐 마시고 싶어요?
    4. 승아 씨가 정말 느끼한 사람이에요.
    5. 너 진짜 재미있은 사람 있는 것 같아.

    1. Honey, please sit down, we have to talk now.
    2. What are you doing, do you want to die?
    3. Welcome, what do you want to drink today?
    4. 승아 is a really cheesy person.
    5. I think you are a really interesting person.

    If you see any mistakes please correct:)
    TTMIK 감사합니다!

    • Yuki

      on the 5th it sounds like 니가 but it is written as 네가 (the pronunciation changes to differentiate it from 내가 which means I) and the whole sentence I think it should be
      네가 재미있는 사람이 것 같아

      재미있은 sounds weird for me
      사람 있는 it sound more like: there’s someone… or the person…(doing/being) something
      like 공원에서사람 있는 먹고 있어 (Don’t take this example serious it could be wrong XD but you get the idea right?)

  • Yuki

    이렇게 왜 해요? 당신 바보야? (Why are you doing this? Are you stupid?
    당신 오늘밤에 데이트를 갈래요? (Honey should we go out tonight?)
    석진 씨는 때때로 느끼한 사람이 거 같아요 (Seokjin sometimes seems -to be- a cheesy person)
    당신은 세계에 제일 아름다운 사람이에요 (You are the most beautiful person in the world)

    • Neky Choi

      All correct! Well done. But only one, the last one is literal, not realistic. In fact, Koreans are not that romantic, but they’re so direct and simple in their life rather, thus they speak so as well.

  • Chess8Ko

    Who do you think you are? / What are you?
    당신 뭐야?

  • 조슈아

    당신은 진짜 추해.
    You are very ugly.

    당신 조금 사랑해.
    Honey, I kind of love you.

  • Marcin Orlowski

    당신은 오늘 휘트니스 센터에서 이두근 운동하고 싶어죠?
    Honey, you want train biceps at the fitness center today, right?