Sunday, February 19, 2012

Useful stuff I can say in Korean: A Comprehensive List

Well, this is actually just a small section of my comprehensive list. This is only a comprehensive list of the common Korean phrases I've picked up since the end of December, and does not include lists of nouns, verbs, adverbs, and question words that I know... nor does it encompass the extent of my grammar knowledge. Looking at this, however, I'm surprised by how much I have learned! Studying is paying off.

Please leave a comment below about what other phrases you feel I should learn right away. Funny or serious.

Hellos and Goodbyes
안녕하세요. Hello.
만나서 반가워요. Nice to meet you.
이름이 뭐예요? What’s your name?
자는 크리스티 예요. My name is Kristy.
가지마. Don’t go.
가자! Let’s go!
안녕히 가세요. Goodbye (other person is leaving).
안녕히 계세요. Goodbye (other person is staying).

Being agreeable (or not)
나 도. Me, too. / Me neither.
그래. I agree. Okay.
네. Yes.
네, 밎아요. Yes, that’s right.
아니요. No.

Being a considerate human being
화이팅! Good luck!/Cheer up!
괜찮아요? Are you okay?
죄송합니다. / 미안해. I’m sorry.
저기요. Excuse me.
잠시만요. Just a second.
감사합니다. / 고마워. Thank you.
아니에요. You’re welcome.

Levels of understanding
압니다. I know.
몰라. I don’t know.
진짜? Really?
알았어. Got it.

진짜? Really?
아이씨! @$#&!
아이고! Oh my god!
야! Hey!
가자! Let’s go!
진짜 멋져요! Wicked awesome!

배고파. I’m hungry.
잠시만요. Just a second.
찾다. (Let’s) find it. (I’ll help.)
찾아. (You) find it. (I’ll watch, biatch.)
재미있어요. It is interesting.
재미없어요. It is not interesting.


  1. Fun task!

    "Do you speak English?"
    "Speak slowly"
    "I (don't) understand"
    "Do you understand?"
    "Let's do a handstand!"
    "Bathroom" / "Where is the bathroom?" / "Women's Room"
    "I am a famous American TV star"
    "When is the next pie eating contest?"
    "Here" / "(Over) There" / "Where?"
    "Where are you from?"
    "I am from [Boston / America / the planet Ork]"
    "Left" / "Right" / "Up" / "Down" / "North" / "South" / "East" / "West"
    "Do you watch City Hunter?"
    "I love City Hunter"
    "This one time, on City Hunter ..."
    "Did you see the episode of City Hunter where ..."
    "How do you say ... "
    "How much is ..."
    "I apologize for George Bush"
    "I'm allergic to ..." (if applicable)
    "What is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?"
    "What is your profession?"
    "I am a teacher" / "I don't have any money"
    "Sir" / "Miss" / "Ma'am" / etc.

    I hope this helps! Have fun immersing, it sounds pretty cool :-)


    1. Love it, Matt. I'm on the job. I especially like "I am a famous American TV star," and "I apologize for George Bush."

      Solid list, thank you.