Choneun ~ I
Noneun ~ You
Naneun ~ I
Naega ~ I
The difference between naneun and naega is that naneun is followed by an adjective while naega is followed by a verb or I believe, sometimes a noun (though I can't think of any examples with nouns atm).
For example, if you wanted to say that "I am smart," you would say "naneun ddokddokhae" or "nan ddokddokhae" (nan and naneun is the same thing, nan is just a shortened version). Saying "naega ddokddokhae" would be incorrect grammar. If you wanted to say that "I did it," then you would say "naega haesseo" instead of "naneun/nan haesseo" cos that would be incorrect. Um, but sometimes, some people use naneun in situations where naega would be correct and vice verse (including me) cos with some words, it doesn't sound awkward. Idk if this is just a form of slang (well, not really slang but incorrect use of words that's used so often that it becomes "correct" like people saying "ain't" or something like that). But sometimes, with certain words, you can use either naega or naneun in front of it and both would be correct. For example, "naega mitcheosso" and "naneun mitcheosso" mean "I'm crazy / I'm going crazy" and both are grammatically correct.
The difference between choneun and naneun is that choneun is the more formal way to say 'I' and naneun is the more casual way. If you were talking to your friends, you'd just use naneun, not choneun. If you were talking to a senior or someone you're supposed to show respect to, then you would use choneun. For example, if you were going to say that you're 20 years old to your friends, you would say "naneun seoreun saliya" but if you were going to say that to your employer, then you'd say "choneun seoreun saliyo."
· 9 years ago