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Korean Language Basics for Travelers

시크릿 가든은 내가 좋아하는 한국 드라마입니다.

Secret Garden is my favorite Korean drama.

The Korean alphabet, Hangeul, was invented by King Sejong in 1443, and it’s really not that hard to learn. If you want to give it a try, check out Jenny’s Korean on youtube. In the meantime, below are phonetic translations of some useful words and phrases.

English

Korean

Yes
Ne
No
A-ni-yo
Hello
Annyŏng-haseyo
Good
Jo-seum-ni-da
Bad
Na-peum-ni-da
Goodbye (you are leaving)
An-nyŏng-hi ga-se-yo
How are you?
Chal ji-nae-shŏ-ssŏ-yo?
I’m fine, thanks!
Ne. Chal ji-nae-ssŏ-yo.
And you?
Ŭ-nyo/nŭ-nyo?
Please (please do it)
hasibsiyo
Thank you
Kam-sa-ham-ni-da
You’re welcome
A-ni-e-yo
Excuse me (to call a waiter)
Jeo gi yo!
Excuse me (sorry I bumped into you)
Jueh-song-hab-ni-da
Where is [the bus]
[Bus]-i eo-di-e i-seup-ni-ka
Water please
Mul juseyo
I would like…
_____eul juseyo
How much does that cost?
Uhl-mah-yeh-yo
It’s delicious
mas-iss-eoyo
The check, please
Gyesanseo butakamnida
Where is the bathroom?
Hwa-jang-sil-i eo-di i-sum-ni-ka
No problem
A-ni-e-yo
Do you speak English?
Yeong-eo hal su iss-eoyo?