Kick start your conversation in Korean

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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.

Hi.
안녕하세요.
[an-nyeong-ha-se-yo]

What’s your name?
이름이 어떻게 되세요?
[i-reu-mi uh-ttuh-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

Nice to meet you.
만나서 반가워요.
[man-na-seo ban-ga-wo-yo]

I’m Chinese.
저는 중국사람이에요.
[jeo-neun jung-guk-sa-ra-mi-ye-yo]

Keyword:

Chinese
중국사람

Tip: Simply add your country name in front of 사람 to share your background.

Examples:
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.
[jeo-neun _____e-sa-ra-yo]

I

Live
살아요

Example:
I live in North York.
저는 노스욕 (North York)에 살아요.

Where do you live?
어디 사세요?
[eo-di sa-se-yo]

Where
어디

Please say again.
다시 말해주세요.
[da-si mal-he-ju-se-yo]

Again
다시

Please speak
말해주세요.

Use case:
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?
학생이세요?
[hak-seng-i-se-yo]

Student
학생

I’m _____.
저는 _____.
[jeo-neun _____]

Example:
I work.
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]

Korea
한국

Food
음식

What

Do you like it?
좋아하세요?

What’s your hobby?
취미가 뭐예요?
[chwi-mi-ga mwo-ye-yo]

Hobby
취미

What is it?
뭐예요?

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