If you need to learn Korean fast for whatever reason, here are some essential Korean phrases:

*Key-Formal/Less formal

Hello: 안녕하십시오/안녕하세요 (ahn-nyung-ha-ship-shee-oh/ahn-nyung-ha-seyo)

Goodbye (if the other person is leaving first): 안녕히 가세요 (ahn-nyung-hee-gah-seyo) literally means, “Go in peace.”

Goodbye (if you are the one leaving first): 안녕히 게세요 (ahn-nyung-hee-geh-seyo) literally means, “Stay in peace.”

Long time no see: 오래간만입니다 (oh-lae-gahn-mahn-imnida) or 오래간만이에요 (oh-lae-gahn-mahn-ee-eh-yo)

Nice to meet you: 만나서 반갑습니다 (mahn-na-seo-bahn-gap-seumnida) / 만나서 반가워요 (mahn-na-seo-bahn-gah-weo-yo)

What is your name? 이름이 무엇입니까? (ee-leum-ee moo-eo-shim-nikkah)/ 이름이 뭐예요? (ee-leum-ee mwo-yeyo)

My name is _____: 제 이름은 (insert name)입니다 (je ee-leum-eun-(name)im-nida)/ 난 (insert name)이에요 (nahn (name) ee-eh-yo) Example: 제 이름은 Christina예요 (je ee-leum-eun Christina-yeyo)

  • Note: If your name ends with a vowel, you would say 예요 (ye-yo) after your name. If your name ends with a consonant, you would say 이에요 (ee-eh-yo) after your name. This just makes it easier to pronounce.

Where is the bathroom?: 화장실 어디 있습니까? (hwa-jahng-shil eo-dee issim-nikkah?/ 화장실 어이 있어요? (hwa-jahng-shil eo-dee isseoyo?) *To ask where something else is, insert the Korean noun where the underline is above.

Yes: 예(yeh)/ 네 (neh)

No: 아니요 (ah-nee-yo)

Thank you: 고맙슴니다 (go-map-seum-nida) / 감사합니다 (gam-sa-hamnida)

I’m sorry: 죄송합니다 (jwe-song-hahm-nida) / 미안합니다(mi-ahn-hamnida)/ 마안해요 (mi-an-ae-yo)

It’s alright: 괜찮습니다 (ken-chahn-seum-nida)/괜찮아요 (ken-cha-nah-yo)

I’m hungry: 배고파요 (bae-go-pah-yo)

What do you want to eat?: 뭐 먹을래요? (mwo-meo-geul-lae-yo)

Please give me~: (food/drink) 주세요. (joo-seyo)

  • Water: 물 (mool)
  • Milk: 우유 (ooh-yoo)
  • Juice: 주스 (juice)
  • Tea: 차 (cha)
  • Coffee: 커피 (cup-pi)
  • Noodles: 국수 (gook-soo)
  • Bread: 빵 (bbahng)
  • Mandu (dumplings): 만두 (mahn-doo)
  • Chicken: 닭고기 (dahlk-go-gi)
  • Korean BBQ: 갈비 (galbi)
  • Rice: 밥 (bahp)

How much is this? 이거 얼마예요? (ee-geo eol-mah-yeyo)

I need a doctor: 의사 필요합니다 (wee-sah pil-lyo-hahm-nida)/ 의사 필요해요 (wee-sah pil-lyo-haeyo)

Where’s the hospital? 병원 어디 있습니까? (byeong-won eo-dee issim-nikkah) /병원 어디 있어요? (byeong-won eo-dee isseoyo)

I’m lost: 길을 잃었어요 (gil-eul eel-us-eo-yo)

Please help me: 도와 주세요 (do-wah-joo-seyo)

What is this?: 이거 무엇입니까? (ee-geo moo-eo-shim-nikka)/이거 뭐예요? (ee-geo mwo-yeyo)

I don’t know: 몰라요 (mol-la-yo)

I like it or It’s good: 좋습니다 (joh-seum-nida)/ 좋아요(joh-ah-yo)

I don’t like it: 싫어요 (shil-eo-yo)

I’m cold: 추워요 (choo-weo-yo)

I’m hot: 더워요 (deo-weo-yo)

I’m okay/alright: 괜찮습니다 (ken-chahn-seum-nida)/괜찮아요 (ken-cha-nah-yo)

(Trying to get someone’s attention): 저깅요! (jeo-gi-yo)

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