Rita asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 3 weeks ago

When do you know it is the correct grammar in second person for neo, neon, niga or nega to mean ‘you’?

I have learned that there are many words for the word “you” in the Korean language by listening to K-pop songs while reading the Hangul, Romanization, and English translation subtitles, and I have noticed and found out that there are so many words to call the person you are talking to—to refer to the second person. And I just want to know, what are the differences? When would be the appopriate time for the appopriate grammar you use as a sentence for?

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  • John P
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    Let us hope that a speaker of Korean sees your question.

    Your last sentence dies not really make sense.

  • 3 weeks ago

    'you' (subject pronoun: the person being addressed) : 

    - 당신 ("dangsin") (impolite to a stranger, more commonly used between mature married couples)

    - 너 ("neo") (informal, implies that the person being referred to by the pronoun is of equal or lower social rank compared to the speaker)

    - 네 ("ne") (informal, implies that the person being referred to by the pronoun is of equal or lower social rank compared to the speaker)

    - 자네 ("jane") (used generally in addressing a person of distinctly lower status)

    'you' (object pronoun: the group being addressed) : 

    - (generic, discourteous if used for a superior) 너희 ("neohui")

    - (honorific) 여러분 ("yeoreobun")

    - (slightly rude) 너희 ("neohui") 

    - (highly insulting) 이놈들 ("inomdeul")

    - (very familiar) 니네 ("nine"), 니들 ("nideul") (insulting if used wrongly)

    - (intimate, in business, used toward subordinates) 자네들 ("janedeul")

    Source(s): Wiktionary
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