The following snippet from one of my lectures in the KBC Professional Certification Program is now part of the ebook Korean Business Etiquette Guide: Take an Essential Step Toward Your Business Goals in Korea!
From the lecture in Chapter 1 of Korean Business Etiquette Guide: Take an Essential Step Toward Your Business Goals in Korea!
"Today I want to start out by talking about the use of first names in Korea and how this is an example of things getting a little mixed up in interactions between Koreans and foreigners.
"The main lesson alludes to this, but it is still a bit strange to me that Koreans tend to feel particularly at-ease in referring to foreigners by their first names only, even in business, even in situations that would not allow them to do this in a Korean context with each other, and even (yes, another “even”!) when speaking in Korean to those foreigners."