Korean Phrases

The Korean phrases are helpful because they are used daily. Below we picked expressions that a new learner will find useful. We included the audio as well. This is a better way to learning. Learn only what you need. We start with greetings and introduction.

Hi: 안녕하십니까  [annyeong-hashimnikka] Audio
What is your name?: 성함(이름)이 어떻게 되십니까?  [seong-ham(ireum)i eotteohke dwehshimnikka?] Audio
Nice to meet you: 만나서 반갑습니다.  [mannaseo bankapteumnida.] Audio
How are you?: 어떻게 지내십니까?  [eotteohke chinaeshimnikka?] Audio
I'm good, thanks: 전 괜찮습니다, 감사합니다.  [jeon gwaehn-chanhseumnida, kamsahamnida.] Audio
And you?: 당신은 어떻습니까?  [tangshineun eotteohseumnikka?] Audio

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More questions about language and age:

Do you speak (English/Korean)?: 당신은 (영어한국어)를 하십니까?  [tangshineun (yeongeo/ hankugeo)reul hashimnikka?] Audio
Does she speak Chinese?: 그녀는 중국어를 합니까?  [keunyeoneun junggugeoreul hamnikka?] Audio
A little bit: 조금  [jo-geum] Audio
How old are you?: 나이(연세)가 어떻게 되십니까?  [na-i(yeonse)ka eotteohke dwehshimnikka?] Audio
I'm 33 years old: 저는 서른 살입니다.  [jeoneun seoreun sarimnida.] Audio
It was nice talking to you: 당신과 이야기를 나누어 즐거웠습니다  [tangshinkwah iyagireul nanu-eo jeul-keowossseumnida] Audio

If you don't understand something, this will be your secret weapon:

What do you mean?: 무슨 말씀입니까?  [museun mal-sseumimnikka?] Audio
I don't understand: 이해가 되지 않습니다  [ihae-ga dweh-ji anhseumnida] Audio
I don't know: 모르겠습니다  [moreugessseumnida] Audio
Sorry: 죄송합니다  [jwehsong-hamnida] Audio
What is that called in Korean?: 한국어로는 무엇이라고 합니까?  [hankugeoroneun mu-eoshira-go hamnikka?] Audio
What does that word mean in English?: 영어로는 무슨 의미입니까?  [yeongeoroneun museun yimiimnikka?] Audio

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More personal information about origins and profession:

Where are you from?: 당신은 어디 출신입니까?  [tangshineun eodi- chul-shinimnikka?] Audio
I'm from the U.S: 저는 US에서 왔습니다  [jeoneun USeseo wah-ssseumnida] Audio
I'm American: 저는 미국인입니다  [jeoneun mikuginimnida] Audio
Where do you live?: 당신은 어디에 사십니까?  [tangshineun eodi-e sashimnikka?] Audio
I live in the U.S: 저는 US에 살고있습니다  [jeoneun USe sal-goissseumnida] Audio
What do you do for a living?: 당신의 직업은 무엇입니까?  [tangshinye jikeobeun mu-eoshimnikka?] Audio
I'm a student: 저는 학생입니다  [jeoneun haksaengimnida] Audio

Offering or asking for help and giving directions:

Can I help you?: 도움이 필요하십니까?  [doumi pilyohashimnikka?] Audio
Can you help me?: 저를 도와주실 수 있습니까?  [jeoreul dowah-jushil su issseumnikka?] Audio
Where is the airport?: 공항은 어디에 있습니까?  [kong-hangeun eodi-e issseumnikka?] Audio
Go straight: 직진  [jikjin] Audio
Then: 그리고 나서  [keurigo naseo] Audio
Turn left: 좌회전  [jwahhweh-jeon] Audio
Turn right: 우회전  [uhweh-jeon] Audio


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Good wishes in Korean in holidays and occasions:

Happy birthday: 생일 축하합니다  [saengil chukhahamnida] Audio
Happy new year: 새해 복 많이 받으세요  [sae-hae bong manhi ba-deuteyo] Audio
Merry Christmas: 메리 크리스마스  [meri geuriseumaseu] Audio
Good luck: 행운을 빕니다  [haenguneul bimnida] Audio
Congratulations: 축하합니다  [chukhahamnida] Audio

Korean expressions commonly used when traveling or buying:

I have a reservation: 예약을 했습니다  [yeya-geul haessseumnida] Audio
Do you have rooms available?: 객실을 사용할 수 있습니까?  [kaekshi-reul sayong-hal su issseumnikka?] Audio
I would like a non-smoking room: 금연 객실로 하고 싶습니다  [keumyeon gaekshillo ha-go shipseumnida] Audio
How much it costs per night?: 하루 묶는데 얼마입니까?  [haru muknneunde eolma-imnikka?] Audio
Waiter: 웨이터  [we-iteo] Audio
How much is this?: 이것은 얼마입니까?  [ikeoteun eolma-imnikka?] Audio
What is this?: 이것은 무엇입니까?  [ikeoteun mu-eoshimnikka?] Audio

Survival phrases considered to be important in emergencies:

Are you okay?: 괜찮습니까?  [kwaehn-chanhseumnikka?] Audio
I need a doctor: 의사가 필요합니다  [yisa-ga pilyohamnida] Audio
Help: 도와주세요  [dowah-juseyo] Audio
Call the ambulance: 구급차를 불러주세요  [kugeubchareul bu-lleojuseyo] Audio
Call the police: 경찰을 불러부세요  [kyeong-cha-reul bu-lleobuseyo] Audio
I am sick: 아픕니다  [apeumnida] Audio

These Korean phrases can be used in a variety of conversations. If you have already visited our Korean Vocabulary and Korean Grammar, you might want to visit our Korean Flashcards to practice what you learned.

Korean Vocabulary

Korean Grammar


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Did you know? Phrases are the combination of the use of vocabulary and grammar. Mastering the vocabulary and grammar can result in the ability to make useful Korean phrases.