How to write a letter to a Korean celebrity
안녕하세요! (An-nyong ha-se-yo!) Hello! I'm Billy from GO! Billy Korean on YouTube. Have you ever wanted to write a fan letter to your favorite Korean celebrity, but don't know where to start? Maybe there's a Kpop celebrity you love, or a Korean drama actor or actress who you admire. You want to let them know how you feel. There are certain phrases and special ways to write a letter in Korean that you will need to know before you mail it.
Here are a few tips for how to write a letter in Korean to your favorite celebrity.
You can watch the video here and read along in the article.
Tip #1 - Use Their Title
Whenever you're saying a celebrity's name in Korean, you need to add a title after it so it's polite.
A few common titles are 오빠 (op-pa), 누나 (noo-na), 언니 (eon-ni), 형 (hyeong), and 동생 (dong-saeng). I made a video here that talks about how to use these 5 words in more detail.
Some general titles you can use are also 가수 (ga-soo) if they're a "singer," or 배우 (bae-oo) if they're an "actor" or "actress."
To use a title, just take the celebrity's first name and attach the title to the end. For a quick example, 철수 (Chul-soo) could become 철수 오빠 (Chul-soo op-pa), and 영희 (Yeong-hee) could become 영희 누나 (Yeong-hee noo-na), among other possibilities. Or if 철수 (Chul-soo) is a singer, you could also write 철수 가수 (Chul-soo ga-soo), for example.
Tip #2 - Use Polite Korean
The 요 (yo) form in Korean is perfect for writing letters to celebrities. Here's a video that explains how to create the 요 (yo) form from a verb, if you're not already familiar with it.
I'd also recommend avoiding any slang. Korean slang is fine between close friends, but shouldn't be used to people you haven't even met yet.
Use proper expressions such as 안녕하세요 (an-nyong ha-se-yo), and avoid casual speech such as 안녕 (an-nyong).
Another tip is to remember to use 저 (jeo) to refer to yourself (저 [jeo] means "I," or "me"), and to not use 나 (na).
An Example Letter in Korean
Let's take a look at an example fan letter and learn some grammar that you can use. The complete letter appears at the bottom of this explanation. These are only examples but they should help to get you started. Feel free to copy parts if that's what you wanted to say anyway.
You can start the letter by using their name, their title, and then 에게 (e-ge), which means "to."
For example, 철수 형에게 (Chul-soo hyeong e-ge). This means "To Chul-soo."
Then use 안녕하세요 (an-nyung ha-se-yo) as a greeting to say "hello."
You can tell them where you are from. You can do this by saying 저는 (jeo-neun), then the name of your country, 에 살고 있는 (e sal-go in-neun), then their name and title, 팬 (paen), then your name, and then finally 이에요 (i-e-yo) if your name ends in a consonant or 예요 (ye-yo) if your name ends in a vowel.
Here's an example: 저는 미국에 살고 있는 철수 형 팬 빌리예요 (jeo-neun mi-guk-e sal-go in-neun Chul-soo hyeong paen Billy-ye-yo). This means "I'm Billy, a fan of you, Chul-soo, and I live in America."
It would be good to tell them how you know of them.
You can say 최근에 (choe-geun-e), their name and title, the subject marker 이 (ee) or 가 (ga), 나오는 (na-o-neun), and then say where you saw them - such as in a movie or a drama. Then attach the object marker 을 (eul) or 를 (leul), followed by 정말 재미있게 봤어요 (jeong-mal jae-mi-it-ge boass-eo-yo).
Here's an example: 최근에 철수 형이 나오는 영화를 정말 재미있게 봤어요 (choe-geun-e Chul-soo hyeong-ee na-o-neun yeong-hwa-leul jeong-mal jae-mi-it-ge boass-eo-yo). This means "I really enjoyed watching the recent movie that you, Chul-soo, appeared in."
Next, you'll want to say that they're your favorite actor, or singer, for example. Here's how to do that:
First say their name and title, followed by the topic marker 은 (eun) or 는 (neun), then 제가 제일 좋아하는 (je-ga je-il jo-a-ha-neun), and then say 가수 (ga-soo) if they're your favorite singer or 배우 (bae-oo) if they're your favorite actor. Then end with 이에요 (i-e-yo) or 예요 (ye-yo) like before.
Here's an example: 철수 형은 제가 제일 좋아하는 배우예요 (Chul-soo hyeong-eun je-ga je-il jo-a-ha-neun bae-oo-ye-yo). This means "Chul-soo, you're my favorite actor."
If you want to ask them to have a fan meeting in your city or country, you can use this phrase.
___에서도 팬미팅을 했으면 좋겠어요 (___e-seo-do paen-mi-ting-eul hess-eu-myeon jo-kess-eo-yo). Replace the blank space with the name of your city or country.
And to say something that you're looking forward to, you can use this phrase.
___도 너무 기대돼요 (___-do neo-moo gi-dae-dwae-yo). You can replace the blank space with what you are looking forward to.
Here's an example: 다음 작품도 너무 기대돼요 (da-eum jak-poom-do neo-moo gi-dae-dwae-yo). 다음 작품 (da-eum jak-poom) means "the next work," so this sentence means "I'm looking forward to your next work." You could use this phrase to a Korean musician. You could also use 다음 앨범 (da-eum ael-beom) instead to mean "next album."
And here's a useful phrase you can use to end your letter.
___에게는 ___[을/를] 응원하는 팬들이 있어요. (___e-ge-neun ___[eul/leul] eung-uon-ha-neun paen-deul-ee iss-eo-yo).
Replace the first space with their name and title, and replace the second space with just their title.
Here's an example: 철수 형에게는 형을 응원하는 팬들이 있어요 (Chul-soo hyeong-e-ge-neun hyeong-eul eung-uon-ha-neun paen-deul-ee iss-eo-yo). This means "You have fans who are cheering you on, Chul-soo."
그러니까, 항상 건강하세요! (geu-reo-ni-kka, hang-sang geon-gang-ha-se-yo!). This means "So take care!" You can use this phrase exactly as it is written.
And here's the entire example fan letter written in Korean, for reference. This letter was written to Chul-soo (a male Korean actor) by a younger female fan.
안녕하세요! 저는 미국에 살고 있는 철수 오빠 팬 키켓이에요.
최근에 철수 오빠가 나오는 드라마를 정말 재미있게 봤어요.
철수 오빠는 제가 제일 좋아하는 배우예요.
미국에서도 팬미팅을 했으면 좋겠어요.
다음 작품도 너무 기대돼요.
철수 오빠에게는 오빠를 응원하는 팬들이 있어요.
그러니까, 항상 건강하세요!
How you write your letter is up to you, but I’d recommend keeping it simple and short. Start with a quick self-introduction, say what you want to say, and finish it with a “thank you” and your name.
And this is kind of a secret, but if you add stickers, smiley faces and drawings on your letter, it increases the chances of them noticing it. But don’t tell them I told you this.
If you have any questions for me, you can also comment below this article. I love teaching Korean, and I'd love to help you.
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