Common Korean Phrases

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When children are just beginning to learn a language they are not expected to know all the rules of grammar, learn various terms, and master the language immediately. They will most likely understand expressions such as “daddy” and “mommy” since these are common phrases. Getting to know practical and commonly used expressions can help make learning much more manageable and easier. The same approach may likewise be utilized by adults who are learning foreign languages.

If you want to understand the Korean language, you may start by learning the common terms which are used in daily life. Commonly used phrases include those which are often used to greet someone. You could start by learning to say “Good morning” in Korean which is “Joh-eun ahchim-ipnida” 좋은 아침입니다. Or maybe you met someone and would like to greet them by saying “annyeonghaseyo” 안녕하세요which means hello. Later on you may begin to say “How do you do?” in Korean which is “Chu-eum bepgetseupnida?” 처음 뵙겠습니다and the expression “How are you doing?” translates as “Jal jinet-uhyo?” 지냈어요?

To learn to say goodbye is as important as learning to greet people. One can say goodbye either by saying, “Annyeonghee gaseyo,” 안녕히 가세요 or Annyeonghee gyeseyo” 안녕히 계세요. To say that you want the other person to take good care, say “Jal jineseyo” 지내세요. When leaving a person, you may say “See you later” and the best way to say this is “Najoong-eh bwayo” 나중에 봐요/만나요. Somebody asking someone to keep in touch may say “Call me later, please” and this is translated as “Juhnhwa juseyo” 전화 주세요.

There are certain common expressions that you can bear in mind when shopping. When asking how much a particular item costs, one can use “Iguht-eun uhlmaipnika?” 이것은 얼마입니까?. Shoppers who are asking the seller if she or he can reduce the price might say, “Ghak-ah jushiget-uhyo?” 깎아주시겠어요? In case you would like to ask the total price of your purchase, you could say “Chong uhlmaipnika?” 얼마입니까? When one wants to know if credit card payments are accepted, the following question can be asked “Shinyong card-eul batnayo?”신용 카드를 받나요? If you would like the cashier to keep the change after paying, you might say “Guhsureumdon-eun gajiseyo” 거스름돈은 가지세요 which means “Keep the change.” To politely ask for the receipt, say “Yhungsujeeung-eul juseyo” 영수증을 주세요.

When learning Korean, there are several Korean phrases that will truly be useful. You can ask your companion, “Yuhgiga uhdi-ipnika?” 여기가 어디입니까? if you wished to know where you are. When you want to ask where the subway is located, say “Jihachul yuhk-eun uhdi-ipnika?” 지하철 역은 어디입니까? Before riding on the taxi or bus you should check the cost for the ride so you can ask how much the fare of the bus is, by asking “Bus yogeum-eun uhlma-ipnika?” 버스 요금은 얼마입니까? or maybe ask about the taxi fare by asking “Taxi yogeum-eun uhlma-ipnika?” 택시 요금은 얼마입니까?

As you keep on studying and learning the Korean language, you will be acquainted with more common Korean phrases. Learning may be quite tough in the beginning, but the process can be fun as you learn to apply the Korean expressions that can be used in everyday situations. There are numerous resources available to improve your Korean language speaking skills. Just be open to the learning possibilities which come your way.