100+ Useful Conversational Phrases & Words in Korean

As a part of the Korean language challenge I am doing with Lindsay of Lindsay Does Languages, I thought it would be fun to share the phrase and word sheet I use as a guide to give me an extra boost when speaking Korean.

These phrases or expressions are those that I’ve found quite useful, especially as a part of those first few conversations and now, I’d like to share them with you.

As a part of the challenge so far, most of the focus for Lindsay and I has been to learn a bit of Korean grammar (honorifics, basic conjugation, and so on), but this week, aside from our Introductions week, was the first that I really got to spend learning helpful phrases for day-to-day conversations. So rather than continuing to focus on rules involving particles, I got to learn fun expressions like “what kind of music do you like?” and get that much closer to actually conversing with Korean speakers.


In this post you’ll find a short selection of the 100+ conversational phrases and words in Korean (actually, it’s closer to 140 words and phrases) I have available as part of a downloadable PDF that you can get by entering your email in the box below.

Happy Korean language learning!

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Greetings

EnglishKoreanTransliteration
How are you/Hello안녕하세요annyeonghaseyo
What’s new?별일 없지요 ?byeol-il eobsjiyo
Long time no see오랜만이다orenmanida
Nice to meet you만나서 반갑습니다mannasuh bangapseumnida
I am very happy to meet you만나서 참 반가워요mannaseo cham bangawoyo

Basic & Polite Phrases

EnglishKoreanTransliteration
Yesne
No아니요aniyo
Excuse me (to request something)실례지만…shillejiman…
Thank you감사합니다kamsahamnida
You’re welcome / don’t mention it천만 에 요cheonman e yo

Get the Conversation Rolling

EnglishKoreanTransliteration
Please don’t speak English영어 로 말하지 마세요yeong-eo lo malhaji maseyo
What?뭐 ?mwo
What music do you like?어떤 음악 을 좋아해요 ?eotteon eum-ag eul joh-ahaeyo
I like …저는 … 좋아해요jeoneun … joh-ahaeyo
What do you do when you have free time시간 있을 때 뭐 하세요 ?sigan iss-eul ttae mwo haseyo

Getting a Bit of Clarification

EnglishKoreanTransliteration
What does this mean?무슨 뜻이에요?museun tteusieyo
Please say that one more time.다시 한 번 말해 주세요.dasi han beon malhae juseyo
Please speak slowly.천천히 말해 주세요.cheoncheonhi malhae juseyo
Please write it down.적어 주세요jeog-eo juseyo
I don’t understand모르겠 습니 다moreugesseumnida

Words About Time

EnglishKoreanTransliteration
Sometimes가끔gakkeum
Always항상hangsang
Today오늘oneul
Tomorrow내일naeil
Yesterday어제eoje

Exclamations & Transition Words to Take Your Speaking to the Next Level

EnglishKoreanTransliteration
Well…글쎄요…geulsseyo
Umeum
Oh my goshheol
For real?진짜요?jinjjayo
I think so저도 그렇게 생각 합니다jeodo geuleohge saeng-gag habnida

Conversation Closers

EnglishKoreanTransliteration
See you later나중에 봬요najunge bwaeyo
Good bye안녕히 계세요annyonghi geseyo
Have a nice day좋은 하루 되세요joeun haru dweseyo
See you later.이따 봐요.itta bwayo
I have to go now나 지금 가야 돼na jigeum gaya dwae

Bonus

As a bonus, here are a fun video I found using some of the phrases above so you can hear how they sound!

*Please note that most of the above examples use formal language, assuming that you’re getting to know the person that you’re speaking with. 

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Are you learning Korean? What are some phrases that you’ve found useful in your target language? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!


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Published on: March 17, 2016

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