Good Morning in Korean and Other Korean Greetings

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It is morning and the sun is starting to rise. The sun’s rays are beginning to pass through the clouds. Nearly every kitchen is filled with the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and newly prepared meals. One can hear birds chirping outside the house. In a typical day, people all around the globe greet each other simply by saying “Good morning!”

Long ago, Koreans would usually welcome their friends, family, and acquaintances with “Hello,” which is “Annyeonghaseyo” 안녕하세요. Nowadays, you can readily hear Koreans saying, “Joh-eun ahchim-ipnida,” 좋은 아침입니다 a phrase meaning “good morning” which is a recently adopted phrase. This switch toward the increased utilization of this particular phrase could be attributed to the large stream of English movies, TV shows, and dramas which have found their way to the consciousness of Koreans. To say “Good morning” in Korean the phrase “Joh-eun ahchim-ipnida” 좋은 아침입니다 is commonly-used at present at workplaces, places of leisure and even at business establishments. Friends and colleagues frequently use it when saying good morning.

There are several other related phrases and terms that a person can use aside from “Joh-eun ahchim-ipnida” 좋은 아침입니다. For example, a person can point out “Sangqwehan ahchim,” 상쾌한 아침 in order to express that it’s a fresh morning and the start of a new day. Whenever someone wants to express enthusiasm for a new day he or she might mention the phrase “a joyful day,” which in Korean is “Jeulguhwoon haru” 좋은 하루. Bear in mind that “Joh-eun ahchim-ipnida” 좋은 아침입니다 is often used with colleagues or friends whenever one wishes to say “Good morning.” The Korean phrase “Ahchim-eh coffee,” 아침 커피 can be translated as coffee in the morning.” In addition, the Korean phrase “Iee-reun ahchim” 일은 아침 can be used when saying that it is “early in the morning.”

In the early morning you may also tell an individual “Jeulguhwoon haru dweseyo,” 즐거운 하루 되세요which is used to tell somebody “Have a nice day!” rather than just saying “Joh-eun Ahchim” 좋은 아침 which means “a good morning.” Furthermore, to ask a person where she or he is going this early morning, the sentence “Ieereun ahchim-eh uhdi-eh gaseyo?” 일은 아침에 어디 가세요? can be used. Lastly, when someone is asked what he or she frequently drinks in the morning, a possible reply would be “I often drink coffee in the morning,” which translates as, “Na-neun jongjong ahchim-eh coffee-reul mashinda” 나는 종종 아침에 커피를 마신다.나는 종종 아침에 커피를 마신다.

As the day advances one can say “Annyeonghee jumuseyo” 안녕히 주무세요 which means “Good night.” Remember that in Korean, there is no equivalent way of expressing good afternoon. Alternatively, Koreans utilize the word “annyeonghaseyo” 안녕하세요 which is a formal way of saying “hello.” On the other hand, the word “annyeong” 안녕which means “hi” is typically used when greeting good friends and those close to you.

Take note that customarily in Korea the expression “annyeonghaseyo” 안녕하세요 was used to mean “hello” regardless of the time of day.