Basic phrases to help you get around Korea

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Prepare for your next Korean trip with key conversational phrases!

Below examples use polite language. Although romanization is given, remember that it’s only there to guide you. To learn correct pronunciation, practice with a native Korean speaker.

Yes

[ne]

No
아니요
[aniyo]

Hi
안녕하세요.
[an-nyeong-ha-se-yo]

Tip: Bow when you say 안녕하세요.

What’s your name?
이름이 어떻게 되세요?
[i-reu-mi  eo-tteo-ke  doe-se-yo]

Keyword:

Name
이름

Tip: Use 성함[seong-ham] instead of 이름 if the person you’re talking to is a lot older than you.

My name is _____.
제 이름은 _____ 입니다.
[je  i-reum-eun _____ im-ni-da]

Keywords:

My

Name
이름

Thank you.
감사합니다.
[gam-sa-ham-ni-da]

Excuse me.
저기요.
[jeo-gi-yo]

Do you speak English?
영어 할 줄 아세요?
[yeong-eo  hal  jul  a-se-yo]

Keyword:

English
영어

Please say again.
다시 말해주세요.
[da-si  ma-rae-ju-se-yo]

Again
다시

Please speak
말해주세요.

Please give me _____.
_____주세요.
[_____ju-se-yo]

Example:
Please give me water.
주세요.
[mul  ju-se-yo]

Please give me a menu.
메뉴 주세요.
[menu  ju-se-yo]

Please give me the bill.
계산서 주세요.
[gye-san-seo  ju-se-yo]

Please give me a receipt.
영수증 주세요.
[yeong-su-jeung  ju-se-yo]

Please give me this.
이거 주세요.
[i-geo  ju-se-yo]

This
이거

Please give
주세요

Use case:
You saw a picture of a Korean dish that you’d like to try. You don’t know how to pronounce the name of the dish. You can simply say “이거 주세요”.

Can you give me more side dish?
반찬 더 주실 수 있어요?
[ban-chan deo ju-sil-su i-sseo-yo]

Side-dish
반찬

More

Can you please give me_______
_______주실 수 있어요?

Culture tip:
At Korean restaurants, free refill of 반찬 is common.

Do you take credit card?
크레딧 카드 받으세요?
[keu-re-dit  ka-deu  bat-eu-se-yo]

Credit Card
크레딧 카드

Do you take it?
받으세요?

Please go to _____.
_____으로 가주세요.
[_____eu-ro  ga-ju-se-yo]

Use case:
You hop on a taxi in Korea and want to ask the driver to take you to Myeong-dong. Say, “Myeong-dong으로 가주세요.”

How much is this?
이거 얼마에요?
[i-geo  eol-ma-ye-yo]

This
이거

How much?
얼마에요?

How much is that?
저거 얼마에요?
[jeo-geo  eol-ma-ye-yo]

That
저거

How much?
얼마에요?

It’s big. (E.g. Size of cloth)
커요.
[keo-yo]

It’s small. (e.g. Size of cloth)
작아요.
[jak-a-yo]

Can you take a picture of me?
사진 찍어 주실 수 있어요?
[sa-jin  jji-eo  ju-sil-su  i-sseo-yo]

Picture
사진

Where is _____?
_____ 어디에 있어요?
[_____eo-di-e  i-sseo-yo]

Example:
Where’s the washroom?
화장실 어디에 있어요?
[hwa-jang-sil  eo-di-e  i-sseo-yo]

Where’s the subway station?
전철역 어디에 있어요?
[jeon-chul-yeok  eo-di-e  i-sseo-yo]

How can I go to _____?
_____ 어떻게 가요?
[_____eo-tteo-ke  ga-yo]

How?
어떻게

Go.
가요.

Use-case:
You’re on your way to go to Namdaemun Market (남대문 시장) in Korea, but you think you’re lost :'(. You can ask “Namdaemun Market 어떻게 가요?” It’ll be helpful to show the map so they can show the route for you.

That’s it for now.

If I missed anything important, please write me a comment below.hi

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