In Korea, the speech level Polite Form is required on many occasions. The politeness of a sentence is usually indicated by the suffix of the sentence-ending verb. In LingoDeer's Korean 1 course, you will learn two forms of polite suffixes: ㅂ니다/습니다 (bnida/seubnida) and 아요/어요/여요 (ayo/eoyo/yeoyo).

We will start with the Formal Polite suffix: ㅂ니다/습니다 (bnida/seubnida). You can hear this suffix on many formal occasions, such as in news programs, companies or politics. The conjugation of the Formal Polite suffix is relevantly easy, which is great for beginners to get familiar with the infinitive form of verbs and adjectives in Korean.

Starting from the unit "Polite Form", we will learn about the Informal Polite suffix: 아요/어요/여요 (ayo/eoyo/yeoyo). It is more commonly used in daily conversations. However, in order to use the Informal Polite suffix correctly, a solid grasp of the infinitive form of verbs and adjectives is mandatory, which can be hard for beginners.

Therefore, we will tackle it after we build a good foundation with the Formal Polite suffix.