[Learn Korean E1] 12 Basic Korean Greetings with English translation

안녕하세요. 토미입니다.

Hello, my name is Tommy. Let’s have fun learning Korean together from today!

Through this channel, you can easily master the beginner-level of Korean.

Because this channel is specifically designed for students who had never learned Korean before.

If you watch all the contents from this channel, I will guarantee you that you can pass TOPIK 1 Level 2.

By the way, TOPIK is the abbreviation of Test of Proficiency in Korean, which is the world-known official Korean test.

So, what is the beginner level? How much can you speak and be able to communicate with people?

If you master the beginner-level, you will be able to ask your way or understand what people next to you are talking to when you travel to Korea.

Also, when you watch Korean dramas, you will be able to enjoy the dramas much more as there will be many expressions and words that you already know.

Actually, just by mastering the beginner-level, you will be able to do so many things in Korean.

So try imagining what kind of things you would like to do after being able to speak Korean. With that image, please follow the course until the end.

Today is the first lesson, so I will teach you 12 basic greetings in Korean.

Anybody who’s learning Korean will definitely use these 12 Korean expressions from now on, so let’s learn them thoroughly today.

그럼 시작할게요! Let’s get started!

[Elementary Korean #1] 12 Basic Korean Greetings with English translation

안녕하세요 / Annyeonghaseyo / Hello

First, let’s start from learning 안녕하세요.

Compared to “Good morning”, “Good afternoon”, or “Good evening,” you can use 안녕하세요 any time of the day.

So it is really like “hello.” Now let’s practice saying the phrase together! Please say it out loud after me.

안녕하세요/Annyeonghaseyo/Hello

만나서 반갑습니다 / Mannaseo bangabseubnida / Nice to meet you

When we say, 만나서 반갑습니다’, here “만나서” means “To meet you” and “반갑습니다” means “I’m happy”.

If you combine them together, it means “I’m happy to meet you!”

You can use this expression with this order.

안녕하세요. “Hello”, 만나서 반갑습니다.“Nice to meet you”.

Let’s practice 만나서 반갑습니다 together! Please say it out loud after me.

만나서 반갑습니다/ Mannaseo bangabseubnida/Nice to meet you

잘 부탁합니다 / Jal butaghabnida/ I hope to get along with you.

When we say, 잘 부탁합니다, “잘” means “Well” and “부탁합니다 means “please”.

Together, they mean close to “Please treat me well”.

But this sounds so strange in English, right?

This phrase implies “I hope to get along with you.” Or “I look forward to your kind cooperation”
This phrase is used after you introduce yourself or when you ask someone to do something for you.

Just by using 잘 부탁합니다/Jal butaghabnida/ “I hope to get along with you.”, you will get good impression from people.

So, let’s practice saying the phrase together! Please say it out loud after me.

잘 부탁합니다/Jal butaghabnida/ I hope to get along with you.

잘 지내셨어요? / Jal jinaesyeoss-eoyo/ How have you been?

You can use this expression to someone you haven’t met for a long time. You can also say this together with 안녕하세요, which we have just learned.

When someone asks “잘 지내셨어요?” to you, you can reply “네, 잘 지냈어요.” “Yes, I’ve been doing good.” ok.

So let’s practice together. 잘 지내셨어요? How have you been?

잘 지내셨어요? How have you been?

감사합니다 / Gamsahabnida / Thank you

When we say, “감사합니다,”“감사” means “Thank” in English.

“합니다” means “I do~”. So together it means “Thank you”. “Thank you” is a polite phrase that is used in any part of the world.

This is such a nice phrase. Let’s practice saying the phrase together!

Please say it out loud after me.

감사합니다/Gamsahabnida/Thank you

죄송합니다 / Joesonghabnida / I’m sorry

죄송합니다 Joesonghabnida/ means “ I’m sorry ” in English.

This is a phrase that you can use when you sincerely apologize to someone.

You can use this in a formal place in business, or just when you step on someone’s shoe when traveling.

Let’s practice together. Please say it out loud after me.

죄송합니다/Joesonghabnida/I’m sorry

괜찮아요 / Gwaenchanhayo / It’s okay

When someone says 감사합니다/Gamsahamnida/Thank you, or 죄송합니다/Joesonghamnida/I’m sorry, and you want to reply “It’s okay”, you can say 괜찮아요/Gwaenchanhayo.

The person will be relieved when you say this phrase.

You can also use this when you refuse something.

When someone offers you to purchase something, you say 괜찮아요/Gwaenchanhayo/ It’ okay, to refuse.

It’s similar to “I’m good” in English. Let’s practice together.

Please say it out loud after me.

괜찮아요./Gwaenchanhayo/It’s okay

수고하셨습니다 / Sugohasyeosseubnida / Thank you for your hard work.

When you say 수고하셨습니다, “수고” means “Hard work” and “하셨습니다” means “You did.” so together it means “you did a hard work”, which means more like “Thank you for your hard work”.

To those who have worked hard on their work or study, you can say “Thank you for your hard work” to cheer them up.

You can also use it to someone who helps you move your luggage when you’re traveling. Let’s practice together!

Please say it out loud after me.

수고하셨습니다./Sugohasyeosseubnida/Thank you for your hard work.

잘 먹겠습니다 / Jal meoggasseubnida / I will eat well.

When we say, 잘 먹겠습니다./Jal meoggasseubnida., “잘” means “well” and “먹겠습니다” means “I will eat”.

So, it implies to “Thank you for preparing meals for me. I will eat well.” You use this phrase before you start eating a delicious meal.

If you say 잘 먹겠습니다 “I will eat well.” to the person who has prepared the meal for you, the person will reply 맛있게 드세요/Enjoy your meal.

So, let’s practice saying잘 먹겠습니다.

Please say it out loud after me.

잘 먹겠습니다./Jal meoggasseubnida/I will eat well.

잘 먹었습니다 / Jal meogeosseubnida / I ate well.

When we say 잘 먹었습니다, “잘” means “well” and “먹었습니다” means “I ate.” So together it means similar to “Thank you for the meal.

I ate well. “ If you want to express your appreciation by saying it was delicious, you can say 잘 먹었습니다./ Jal meogeosseubnida/I ate well.

The person who has prepared the meal for you will smile back to you! Let’s practice 잘 먹었습니다. Please say it out loud after me.

잘 먹었습니다./ Jal meogeosseubnida/I ate well.

안녕히 계세요 / Annyeonghi gyeseyo / Good bye

“안녕히” means “peacefully” and “계세요” means “Please stay”.

So together they mean “Please, stay peacefully”.

In English, it means “Good bye.”

When you are the person who is leaving the place, you say “안녕히 계세요” to the person remaining at the place.

However, this phrase is a little bit different from “Good bye” in English, so you have to be careful to use it.

For example, when you are about to leave the restaurant and the restaurant’s staff stays in the restaurant, right?

You can use this phrase in such occasions. Please say it out loud after me.

안녕히 계세요/Annyeonghi gyeseyo/ Good bye

안녕히 가세요 / Annyeonghi gaseyo / Good bye

This time, in opposite to 안녕히 계세요 that we have just learned. you’re the person remaining at the place.

You say “안녕히 가세요” to the person leaving.

“안녕히 Annyeonghi” is “peacefully”, and “가세요” is “Please go”. Combining together, it means “Please, go peacefully.” So it is like “Good bye” in English.

For example, if you are staying in the restaurant, and one of your friends has to leave early, in that case you can say, “안녕히 가세요.” to your friend.

So, Let’s practice together. Please say it out loud after me.

안녕히 가세요/Annyeonghi gaseyo/ Good bye

So, today we learned how to say 12 basic greetings in Korean.

Please practice with this video many many times, and greet to Korean friends with lots of energy. I really hope you make many many friends!

그럼 오늘도 행복 가득, 웃음 가득한 하루 되세요!

한국어 화이팅, 화이팅, 화이팅!!