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    Posted by Arelis on May 9, 2022 at 11:32 am

    Hi! I meet a Korean friend, and seems like we are the same age, but everytime we talk, he talks to me in Korean honorifics. What does it mean? Is he distancing from me? Maybe he thinks that I want to date instead of just being friends? 🙁

    Kelly Nicolle Medina replied 1 year, 7 months ago 5 Members · 4 Replies
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    Miss Clark

    May 9, 2022 at 11:41 pm

    It’s good that he’s using honorifics. It means he respects you. It’s polite to wait until the other person gives permission or suggests to speak in informal language.

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    Bri Nasmyth

    May 10, 2022 at 6:50 am

    I think it mostly just depends on his personal preference. It is pretty normal for people to use formal language until the person they’re speaking with gives permission. If I was in your position I would let him know you’re okay with him speaking informally with you.

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    Tan Sher Wen

    May 13, 2022 at 9:44 am

    Speaking to you in a formal way is just showing that he respects you and to be polite. It is normal for korean to speak formally to people they just met, and if you prefer him to drop the honorific, then you can let him know, just tell him you are okay with it.

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    Kelly Nicolle Medina

    May 19, 2022 at 11:32 am

    Using honorifics is they’re style, it’s normal lol

    Mostly all of them talk with honorifics even if you’re younger, and a foreigner. And I mention being a foreigner cuz some others can be the opposite, if you’re the same age, they can talk to you in banmal cuz they think you’re “western style” therefore it’s ok not to be that formal lol

    Just tell him something like “If that’s ok with you, we can talk in banmal” or “since we’re the same age, can we use banmal?” (make sure you’re actually the same age lol).

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