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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English Korean Transliteration
How are you/Hello 안녕하세요 annyeonghaseyo
What’s new? 별일 없지요 ? byeol-il eobsjiyo
Long time no see 오랜만이다 orenmanida
Nice to meet you 만나서 반갑습니다 mannasuh bangapseumnida
I am very happy to meet you 만나서 참 반가워요 mannaseo cham bangawoyo

Basic & Polite Phrases

English Korean Transliteration
Yes ne
No 아니요 aniyo
Excuse me (to request something) 실례지만… shillejiman…
Thank you 감사합니다 kamsahamnida
You’re welcome / don’t mention it 천만 에 요 cheonman e yo

Get the Conversation Rolling

English Korean Transliteration
Please don’t speak English 영어 로 말하지 마세요 yeong-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 … 좋아해요 jeoneun … joh-ahaeyo
What do you do when you have free time 시간 있을 때 뭐 하세요 ? sigan iss-eul ttae mwo haseyo

Getting a Bit of Clarification

English Korean Transliteration
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 주세요 jeog-eo juseyo
I don’t understand 모르겠 습니 다 moreugesseumnida

Words About Time

English Korean Transliteration
Sometimes 가끔 gakkeum
Always 항상 hangsang
Today 오늘 oneul
Tomorrow 내일 naeil
Yesterday 어제 eoje

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

English Korean Transliteration
Well… 글쎄요… geulsseyo
Um eum
Oh my gosh heol
For real? 진짜요? jinjjayo
I think so 저도 그렇게 생각 합니다 jeodo geuleohge saeng-gag habnida

Conversation Closers

English Korean Transliteration
See you later 나중에 봬요 najunge bwaeyo
Good bye 안녕히 계세요 annyonghi geseyo
Have a nice day 좋은 하루 되세요 joeun haru dweseyo
See you later. 이따 봐요. itta bwayo
I have to go now 나 지금 가야 돼 na jigeum gaya dwae


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!