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is it okay to speak to elders/seniors informally if given permission?

AskCategory: Cultureis it okay to speak to elders/seniors informally if given permission?
sabrina asked 2 months ago
is it okay to speak to elders/seniors informally if given permission?
1 Answers
Danny Kim Staff answered 2 months ago
By informally do you mean without honorifics? Then, 99% of the time the answer will be no.
 
Unless you have a small age gap (usually under 5~10 years, though there is no hard rule) and are very good friends, it would be considered rude to even ask permission to drop the honorifics to an elder. However if you think you are good friends and you are within that age range, you could ask, but I’d suggest you wait until they tell you that you can drop the honorifics since it may come off as aggressive.
 
When given the permission then I guess go all out! However as a general rule of thumb you should simply start with honorifics no matter how old or how young the other person is.
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