How to say

In today’s “how to say” lesson we’ll teach you a handy phrase that can be used in any joyous occasion. Whether it be a birthday, wedding, a new baby or graduation, you can use the word “Congratulations” whenever there’s reason to celebrate! If you wish to simply say congratulations in Korean, you can use the 존댓말 set phrase “축하합니다.” When saying “congratulations,” many people want to sound super polite, so although the following phrases come across as very…

Now that you’ve learned how to thank someone in Korean, it’s time to learn how to say sorry in Korean too. We’d love to say that there is a one-phrase-fits-all that you can use to apologise, but just like with everything we’ve taught you so far, there are many different expressions you can use to ask forgiveness. The most formal and sincere way to say sorry in Korean is with the phrase 죄송합니다. 죄송 means “apology,” and can you remember what 합니다 translates as?…

Now that you can say “thank you” in Korean, you need to learn how to appropriately reply. You may have read in textbooks or seen on old Korean dramas that using the reply 천만에요 is an acceptable phrase to use to mean “you’re welcome.” However, it is very rarely used in natural Korean conversation, if ever, and may sound a little awkward. Instead, we can use the phrase 아니에요. The literal translation of 아니에요 is “it’s not,” but when….

As you’ve been learning throughout our lessons, the Korean language has several politeness levels and therefore there are several ways of saying certain phrases. This applies to the way we thank people. The most common and formal way to thank someone in Korean is to use the phrase 감사합니다. It can be used any time when you wish to show respect towards the person you’re thanking. For example, towards strangers, towards teachers, in a…

Now that you know how to say goodbye in Korean, it’s time to add some more handy farewell phrases to your vocabulary. During this lesson, you’ll tackle some new expressions which you won’t find in English. First of all, we’re going to look at what you can say when you’re leaving. If you studied our previous blog lesson, you’ll know that you can use 안녕히 계세요, which literally means “stay peacefully.” However, one important thing to remember is that before you….

In our first “How To Say” lesson you learned how to greet someone in Korean, but what do you say when you part ways? There are many different expressions you can use to say goodbye in Korean, and the phrase you choose will depend on the different situations you are in. By the end of this bite-sized lesson, you should know how to use them all! When saying “goodbye” to someone in 존댓말, there are two main expressions you need to choose from…

No matter where you are, or even who you’re talking to, when you wish to spark up a conversation you’ll always need to start with a greeting. In English this could be anything from “hello,” to “hi,” or even “good morning” or “good afternoon.” The great news is there is only one word that you need to learn in Korean that translates as all of these greetings! 안녕하세요 is the standard way to say “hello” in Korean and can be used to greet…