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Learn Basic Korean Greetings and Phrases

Ever been interested in learning Korean? If so, let's start with the basic Korean greetings and phrases! Learn how to say "Hi", "Thank you", "Happy Birthday", "Good morning" and "Good night" in the Korean language complete with the transliteration of the Korean characters to help you speak Korean like a native. It will surely surprise your Korean friends and will be much appreciated by any native speaker!

The Fundamentals

"Hi" or "Hello" in Korean

안녕 (Annyeong)

"Thank you" in Korean

감사합니다 (Gamsahabnida)

This is a formal yet all-around way to offer your gratitude. South Korea holds courtesy in high regard, so you’ll definitely want to learn this one to express gratitude and respect.

"You're welcome" in Korean

천만에요 (Cheonman-eyo)

It’s not often that Koreans respond to a “thank you” with “you’re welcome,” but if you want to show extra politeness, then you can throw in this phrase. Normally, a simple and humble 아닙니다 (ah-nib-nee-da) suffices, meaning “it’s nothing.”

"Goodbye" in Korean

안녕 (Ahn-nyung) / 안녕히 계세요 (Ahn-nyung-hee geh-seh-yo) / 안녕히 가세요 (Ahn-nyung-hee gah-seh-yo)

There are multiple ways to say "goodbye" in Korean. 안녕 is used for informal situations with friends and family, for example. Korean differentiates between saying goodbye before you are about to leave a situation and when the other person leaves. The former is 안녕히 계세요 (literally translating to “please stay well”) and the latter, 안녕히 가세요 (literally translating to "please leave well").

"Good night" in Korean

잘자요 (Jaljayo)


"Happy Birthday" in Korean

생일 축하해요 (Saeng-il chughahaeyo)

"I'm sorry" in Korean

미안해요 (Mianhaeyo)

"Excuse me" in Korean

실례합니다 (Shil-leh-hap-nee-da) / 잠시만요 (Jam-shi-mahn-yo)

실례합니다 is a great phrase to use in those situations where you'd like to politely get someone's attention. 잠시만요 literally translates to “wait a moment,” however, it can be used when accidently brushing past someone.

"I love you" in Korean

사랑해요 (Salanghaeyo)

"I miss you" in Korean

보고 싶어요 (Bogo sip-eoyo)

"Good luck/Go for it!" in Korean

화이팅 (Hwaiting)


"cute" in Korean

귀여워요 (Gwiyeowoyo)

"handsome/good looking/cool" in Korean

멋있어요 (Meos-iss-eoyo)

"Uff I'm tired" in Korean (speaking to close friends or family)

아〜피곤해〜! (A〜pigonhae〜!)

"I'm sleepy" in Korean (speaking to close friends or family)

졸려 (Jollyeo)


South Korea is a food-lover’s paradise. On every street, you’ll be sure to find places selling everything from traditional Korean meals to delicious Korean street food.

"I'm hungry" in Korean(speaking to friends or family)

배고파 (Baegopa)

korean food

"I will eat well" in Korean (a phrase used to thank someone for a meal, before eating)

잘 먹겠습니다 (Jal meokgesseumnida)

"It's tasty" in Korean

이거 맛있어요 (Igeo mas-iss-eoyo)

"Thanks for the meal" in Korean

잘 먹었습니다 (Jal meogeossseumnida)

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