When you meet a native Korean speaker for the first time, you can use the below lines to kick off your conversation in Korean. Try them out and see if you’re being understood. Also, write down the words and phrases. The more you engage your brain, the more your learning sticks.
Important: Although romanization is given, remember that it’s only there to guide you. To learn correct pronunciation, practice with a native Korean speaker.
What’s your name?
이름이 어떻게 되세요?
[i-reu-mi uh-ttuh-ke doe-se-yo]
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]
Nice to meet you.
Tip: Simply add your country name in front of 사람 to share your background.
Indian 인도사람 [in-do-sa-ram]
Canadian 캐나다사람 [ke-na-da-sa-ram]
American 미국사람 [mi-guk-sa-ram]
I live in _____.
저는 _____에 살아요.
I live in North York.
저는 노스욕 (North York)에 살아요.
Where do you live?
Please say again.
You asked for someone’s name but you didn’t get it the first time you heard it. Say, “다시 말해주세요” to ask the person to repeat the name.
Are you a student?
저는 회사 다녀요. (Literal translation: I go to company)
What kind of Korean food do you like?
한국음식 뭐 좋아하세요?
[han-guk-eum-sik mwo jo-a-ha-se-yo]
Do you like it?
What’s your hobby?
What is it?