If you are somewhat exposed to lớn Korean truyền thông, you would have come across the word 안녕 (Annyeong) being used as greetings all the time. Let's find out in how many ways we can use this word as greetings.

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Let's start off with a small tidbit. The word 안녕 (Annyeong) is derived from the base verb 안녕하다 (Annyeonghada), meaning a state of peacefulness, or a state of wellness. So essentially, all greetings that contain the word 안녕 (Annyeong) are all well-wishes of peacefulness và wellness in themselves. Beautiful, right?

You'd vị well lớn remember that Korean is a language that emphasizes on formality. Knowing how khổng lồ express yourself in both formal and informal settings is crucial, especially when it comes to greetings because making a good first impression will go a long way!

FORMAL

Annyeonghaseyo (안녕하세요)

안녕하세요 (Annyeonghaseyo) is probably one of the most comtháng khung of greeting that people come across. It is a safe, formal way khổng lồ say "Hello". Literally, the phrase means "Be well" or "Please be well". You will hear this often when entering a restaurant, a hotel, or other service establishments in Korea. You can't go wrong in using this greeting when meeting someone for the first time, or when greeting your employer, teacher, or anyone who is supposedly older or in a more superior position than you are in an organization.

This greeting is done with a slight bow. A full 90-degree bow isn't necessary; a slight bow when saying this greeting will suffice. Foreigners may get a free pass for not bowing, but if you're already saying the greeting, might as well bởi a little bowing, right?

Annyeonghi gyeseyo (안녕히 계세요)

You say 안녕히 계세요 (Annyeonghi gyeseyo) when you are leaving, but the other person is staying. This phrase literally means "Please stay well".

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Annyeonghi kaseyo (안녕히 가세요)

Use 안녕히 가세요 (Annyeonghi kaseyo) when you are staying, and the other person is leaving. The word 가세요 (kaseyo) means "Please go", & the phrase 안녕히 가세요 (Annyeonghi kaseyo) means "Please go well".

INFORMAL

Annyeong (안녕)

Annyeong (안녕) is a casual, informal way of saying "Hello". It is typically used aước ao cchiến bại friends & not people you have just met. There is no need to lớn bow when you are greeting someone informally, though you could if you want to. Annyeong (안녕) can also be used khổng lồ say "Goodbye".

Jalgayo / Jalga (잘가요 / 잘가)

New Korean learners often use the formal size of saying goodbye in formal Korean, namely 안녕히 계세요 (Annyeonghi gyeseyo) và 안녕히 가세요 (Annyeonghi kaseyo), but these are awkward khổng lồ use in informal settings. It's more appropriate to use 잘가요 (Jalgayo) or 잘가 (Jalga) when saying goodbye as it gives off a more casual vibe. The word 잘 (Jal) in Korean also means "Well", và so 잘가 (Jalga) basically means "Go well". 잘가요 (Jalgayo) is a slightly more polite khung of 잘가 (Jalga), use it when you want to remain casual but polite.