Korea is one of the progressive countries around the world. Koreans now can compete with other big countries; they equipped themselves with knowledge of different languages. Especially they can compete in English language.
In visiting Korea, one of the first and major things to learn in order to make your stay smooth and worthwhile is to learn their language. Want to learn the Korean language? Here are some of the basic Korean words and frequently used Korean phrases.
If somebody will ask you for a Yes or No answer here’s how you say it in Korean:
‘Yes’ is ‘Ye’ or ‘Ne’ IN Korea and
No could be, ‘Anyo’ or you may say’ Anyeyo or (Anieyo)’
‘How do you do?’ in a formal conversation is ‘Cheoeum Boep-ge-sseumnida’ and for an informal conversation is ‘cheoeum boep-ge-sseoyo’.
‘How are you?’ is a common query in meeting new or old friends. You say it as ‘An-nyeong-ha-sim-ni-kka?’ in a formal conversation and ‘Annyeonghaseyo?’ in an informal talk, or you may just say ‘Annyeong?’ in a casual conversation.
‘Nice to meet you’ are the words we always hear after meeting a new friend or an acquaintance. If you meet someone in a formal occasion, say a business meeting or a party, you say it as ‘Man-na-seo Ban-gap-seum-ni-da’, or you may just say it as ‘mannaseo bangawayo’ if it was an informal way of meeting someone, or just simply say ‘Bangawayo or Bangawe’o’ in a casual conversation.
‘How are you doing?’ When used in a formal sentence is ‘Eo-tteo-sim-ni-kka?’, and can be informally said as ‘Eo-tteo-se-yo?’
‘How have you been?’ Is ‘Eo-tteo-ke ji-nae-sim-ni-kka?’ in a formal manner of conversing and ‘Eotteoke jinaeseyo?’ would be the words in an informal talk.
‘Thank you’, are the words of a grateful person. This is how we say this when showing our gratitude to a Korean in a formal manner: K(G)amsa-hamnida/G(K)omap-seumnida’ and in an informal conversation it can be ‘K(G)amsa-haeyo/G(K)omaweoyo’ (informal) , Gomaweo in a casual conversation.
‘You’re welcome’, is ‘Cheon-man-e-yo’ in a Korean language.
‘Excuse me’ is sometimes said as ‘Sil-lye-hamnida/Sillye-hagesseumnida’ or may be simpler in a casual conversation it can be ‘Sillye’
‘Sorry’ is ‘Mian-hamnida’ in a formal manner, ‘Mianhaeyo’ in an informal way and simplest of all is a casual use which is ‘Mian’.
The words ‘Good morning’, ‘good afternoon’ or good evening’ is ‘Annyoenghaseyo’ which is the same as saying “How are you?”
To say ‘Good bye’ when u see someone off in a formal manner is ‘Annyeonghi gasipsiyo’, and ‘Annyeonghi gaseyo’ informally. When you leave someone you say ‘Annyeonghi gyesipsiyo'(formal) and ‘Annyeonghi gyeseyo – informal and ‘Annyoeng!’ As we always hear it.
‘Take care’ is simply saying ‘Jal jinaesipsiyo’-formal or ‘Jal jinaeseyo’-informal
‘See you again’, is (daeume) ‘TTo bopsida’-formal, and (daeume)’tto bwayo’- informal
‘I missed you so much!’ it is ‘Nŏ-mu po-go shi-p’ŏ-ssŏ-yo’.
Good night! Is ‘An-yŏng-hi ju-mu-se-yo!’
‘I’m lost’ is ‘Ki-rŭl i-rŏ-bŏ-ryŏ-ssŏ-yo’
‘Can I help you?’ is ‘Mu-ŏ-sŭl do-wa-dŭ-ril-kka-yo?’
‘Can you help me?’ is ‘Chom to-wa-ju-shil ssu i-ssŭ-shi-na-yo?’
‘Come with me!’ is ‘Tta-ra o-se-yo!’
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