아주 (Aju) and 너무 (Neomu)

These two Korean words have the same meaning. 아주 and 너무 both mean very or too in English. For the longest time i am always inclined to use 너무 than 아주. Last Saturday in my Korean class, my 선생님 (seonsaengnim — yes this is how teachers are addressed in Korean) gave a tip on how to differentiate the use. 

According to my teacher 아주 is positive compared to 너무.  The latter tends to be negative and a bit exaggerated.  It may even sometimes sound sarcastic.  So when complimenting people it would be safe to use 아주 instead.

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17 thoughts on “아주 (Aju) and 너무 (Neomu)

    • 안녕하세요 means ‘hi’
      and 너무 means ‘too’
      it’s a bit odd to have 너무 after annyeonghaseyo unless its followed by another phrase.

    • is samusire a place? because kal su issoyo means ‘can go…’ so maybe samusir is a place and e is attached to it as place marker.

    • Favoring something or someone with or without reason. Example, i like SNSD and 2NE1 wons several awards at MNET but I have bias with 2NE1 (so to me they are better).

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