Please, advise forms of endearment in Korean If you're not intimate with this person, but this person is your dearest friend, you love them very much, which forms of endearment can be used in Korean? For example, if I want to say "my dear X", "aww you're such a cute little thing", "cutie pie"..
Sep 22, 2018 12:56 PM
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In letters and emails, you can use formal phrases such as 나의 사랑하는 X, 내 소중한 (친구) X, etc. where X is their first name. In face-to-face situations, I'm not sure people use special terms of endearment. In Korean, the address words between close friends are quite different from other cases. We use 야 or 얘 (similar to "hey" or "yo") reserved for close friends, and even when calling them by name, there is a familiarity suffix like 아 or 야 (영숙아, 영수야, for example), which makes the interaction distinct. So it seems unnecessary to use any special terms. I think we use such special expression for children or pets more often. For example, we might say. - 이 귀여운 것 / 이 깜찍한 것 (What a cutie you are). - 영악한 꼬마 (a smart little cutie).
September 23, 2018
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