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!

After listening, let us know if you have any questions about how to use the word 당신. Thanks for studying with us!

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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?

  • 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.’ 🙂