Welcome to South Korea!

Language

When you go to another country, the first challenge that the average traveller would encounter is virtually always trying to communicate using the local language of the country that they go to. And Korea is no different. While Korean has been regarded as one of the most difficult languages to learn, and the Korean alphabet, the Hangul, may seem daunting for tourists, knowing even a little Korean would make your trip a lot smoother. Obviously, one cannot possibly master a language perfectly overnight, but even use of a few basic phrases go a long way.

Here are a few basic phrases to get you started learning this beautiful language! The Korean translation is shown in romanization, not the Korean alphabet.

English Korean
Hello An-yong-ha-se-yo.
My name is... .......im-ni-dah.
Nice to meet you. Pan-gap-sum-ni-dah.
What is your name? Ee-rum oh-dok-keh dwe-se-yo?
Thank you. Kam-sah-ham-ni-dah.
Your welcome. Ah-ni-ye-yo. (Literally: No, it's nothing.)
Yes. Neh.
No. Ah-ni-yo.
Goodbye. An-yong-hi-kye-se-yo. (If you are the one leaving)
An-yong-hi-ka-se-yo.(If you are seeing a person off)
Do you speak English? Young-uh ha-se-yo?
I am sorry. Che-song-ham-ni-dah.
I don't speak Korean. Han-gu-guh mot ham-ni-dah.
Help! To-wa-joo-se-yo!
Where is the bathroom? Hwa-jang-shi-ri oh-dee-eh is-so-yo?
One, two, three, four, five Ha-na, tul, set, net, ta-sot
Six, seven, eight, nine, ten Yo-sot, il-gop, yo-dol, a-hop, yol
How much is it? Ol-ma-ye-yo?