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All The Korean Pronouns

안녕하세요 여러분! Koreanstudyjunkie입니다~ Today I'm gonna walk you through the different personal pronouns in Korean (I, you, she, he, they, we, etc.)

I, Me

저 (Formal/Polite)

나 (Informal)

You may also see '내가 or 제가' which has the same meanings, but is a combination of the 2 above words and the subject particle '가'

저는 = 제가 = I, Me

나는 = 내가 = I, Me


저의 (Formal/Polite - Long version)

제 (Formal/Polite - Shortened Version)

나의 (Informal - Long)

내 (Informal - Shortened Version

note: the particle 의 (ui) is like adding an 's in English and the shortened versions are used more often. Actually pronounced like "eh" when used with other words like names and pronouns in this case.


당신 (Formal)

너 (Informal)

네(가) - This is a combination of 너 and the particle '가'. The pronunciation will change to "니가" because otherwise it sounds too similar to "내가" meaning "I". You can see how that would become confusing.

당신은 = 당신이 (same form used)

너는 = 네가

To say "yours" you would attach 의 to 당신 or 너 (당신의, 너의)

We, Us, Ours

저희 (Honorific - even higher than formal)

우리 (Casual)

*in all other cases, you'd use 우리 instead of 저희. 저희 is usually used in formal or professional settings

저희 = Ours (to be honest I'm unsure if adding the possessive particle here is good, but I usually just leave it off)

우리의 = Ours

저희 can also have a meaning like "they" as well, but it refers to people that were already mentioned or appeared.

He, Him, His

그 남자

*this can have the meaning of "he" but also "that man/the man"

그의 - his

그 남자의 - his

She, Her, Hers


그 여자

*this can have the meaning of "she" but also "that woman/the woman"

그녀의 - hers

그 여자의 - hers

They, Them, Theirs

그들 (Not gendered) It can be used to refer to a group of people (more than 1 person) of any gender.

들 is a particle that makes nouns 'plural' (more than one)

그 + 들 = 그들

*if used to mean a group of males then this can be used. So this word can be used to refer to a group of people in general OR more than 1 man

그 남자들

그녀 + 들 = 그녀들

*a group of more than 1 females

그 여자들

그들의 - theirs (neutral), theirs (males)

그 남자들의 - theirs, (those men's/the men's)

그녀들의 - theirs (females)

그 여자들의 - theirs (the women's/ those women)

You (All)

*addressing multiple listeners

여러분 = everyone, everybody (respectful)

너희, 너희들 (Informal) = you all, you guys

In real life conversation and real life Korean, Koreans usually leave out particles like 의. So you can just say the pronoun + the noun.

우리 엄마 = My mom (our mom)

Another things I should mention is that Koreans use 우리 instead of 제/내 (my) when talking about family. Even if you are a single child and It also implies to husbands and wives (우리 남편 - my husband).


that's the end of this post! I'm pretty sure these are all of the personal pronouns, but I could be missing a couple. Koreans will often use titles and names instead of pronouns, but pronouns are still used. Titles and things like: 오빠, 언니, 형, 누나, 동생, 아저씨, 아줌마, Etc. Or titles from occupations and jobs. Sometimes use of certain pronouns can seem rude, if you are unsure use their title or name.

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