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 say goodbye, you need to tell someone that you’re about to leave. If you just say goodbye without an explanation you will come across as rude.
To do so, you can use the phrase 먼저 갈게요 which translates as “I have to leave first.” This is especially important if you’re with a group of people or with someone older than you. Reason being that in Korean culture it is seen as disrespectful to leave before someone older than you, so using 먼저 갈게요 is considered as a way of apologising for going first.