Korean Throat Clearing Noise

Discussion in '한국어 (Korean)' started by slowlikemolasses, Jun 24, 2013.

  1. slowlikemolasses Senior Member

    English - US
    What is the name of the throat clearing noise sometimes used by Korean speakers?
  2. vientito Senior Member

    are you talking of 확?
  3. Kross

    Kross Senior Member

    헛기침하다 is used to describe an action of someone clearing his/her throat. Koreans generally do with their mouth shut and covered by their hand. That is a good manner. It would be considered polite to say 죄송합니다 ‘sorry’ right after 헛기침. It can also be used to signal my existence to someone walking close toward you. For example, when you are in the bathroom and sense someone outside is walking to you or the bathroom, 헛기침 can be used to intentionally tell him/her that I am inside now.

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