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Posted by hannahleex AKP STAFF Wednesday, June 13, 2018

12 Korean phrases to learn before you go to Korea

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1. Hello - 안녕하세요
To start off, learn how to say this basic, but very essential phrase to greet friends and get the attention of employees in stores and restaurants. In Korean, hello is pronounced "ann-yeong-ha-se-yo." This is a great phrase to use when speaking to locals. They will certainly appreciate your efforts in speaking the Korean language!

2. Thank you - 감사합니다
Thank someone else for their help by saying "gam-sahab-ni-da" to show them your appreciation. This phrase will come in handy when thanking a restaurant employee for the food, purchasing a product or receiving advice or directions from a local.

3. I'm sorry - 죄송합니다
If it's your first time in Korea, there may be times when you mess up because you're not used to the way things work. At times when you need to apologize for something, say "joe-song-hab-ni-da." This simple apology will help clear any misunderstandings.

4. How much is this - 얼마예요
Need to know the price of something you want to buy? Ask an employee "eol-ma-ye-yo?" to determine the price of something, whether it is a subway ticket or an item of clothing.

5. This/that - 이거/저거
The phrases "igeo" and "jeogeo" are extremely useful in referring to certain objects. You can use these phrases in combination with others including "eol-ma-ye-yo" to ask about certain objects.

6. Please give it to me - 주세요
Politely ask someone for something by saying "juseyo." For example, if you are interested in eating kimbap for lunch, you would say, "kimbap juseyo."

7. When does it leave/arrive - 언제 출발해요/도착해요
This phrase is essential for navigating the Korean subways for the first time. Easily find out the departure and arrival times by asking someone, "eon-je chul-bal-hae-yo?" or "eon-je do-chag-hae-yo?"

8. Where is it - 어디에요
If you're looking to get to a certain destination, don't be afraid to ask a local, "eo-di-eyo?" They will provide you with the directions you need to prevent getting lost in Korea's busy streets.

9. Please help me - 도와주세요
Ask someone for help with anything by saying, "do-wa-ju-seyo." Locals will not only be impressed by your Korean skills, but will also be more than happy to help you out!

10. Excuse me - 실례합니다
Are you trying to make your way through Korea's busy and crowded streets? Make sure to say, "shil-lye-hab-nida" when passing through large crowds to prevent any misunderstandings from other people.

11. It is okay (also I'm okay) - 괜찮아요
Either tell someone that it's okay or let them know that you're okay by saying, "gwaen-chanh-ayo." For example, if you are already full but someone offers you food, you can say, "gwaen-chanh-ayo."

12. I can't speak Korean well - 한국말 잘 못 합니다
Still struggling to communicate in Korean? Let the other person know your situation by simply telling them, "hanguk-mal jal mot-hae-yo."


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