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안녕하세요. 에이미에요. 반가워요.
Hi everybody! I’m Amy.
Welcome to KoreanClass101.com’s 삼분 한국어. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Korean.
In the last lesson, we learned how to thank people by saying 감사합니다 and 고마워. In this lesson we’ll learn some of the most common greetings used in Korea.
Are you ready? Then let’s start!
The most common informal greeting is:
안녕
[slowly] 안녕
안녕 means "peace." We say it when we meet someone and also when we leave—but only to a friend or someone younger than us.
The more standard greeting that you’ll hear a lot in Korea is
안녕하세요
[slowly] 안녕하세요
Literally, 안녕하세요 means "Are you at peace?" We use it to say hello when we meet someone. It's technically a question, but we don't always say it that way.
안녕하세요
Because 안녕하세요 is technically a question, some people answer it with 예, which mean "yes," before replying with the same question: "안녕하세요"
When it's time to leave, we have a couple different ways to say goodbye. If you're leaving and the other person's staying, say:
안녕히 계세요.
[slowly] 안녕히 계세요.
계세요 means "Please stay," so 안녕히 계세요 literally means "Please stay peacefully."
A casual version of 안녕히 계세요 is:
잘 있어.
잘 means "well," and 있어 means “stay” in informal, so 잘 있어 just means "Stay well."
[slowly] 잘있어.
If the other person is leaving, say:
안녕히 가세요.
[slowly] 안녕히 가세요.
가세요 means "Please go," so 안녕히 가세요 literally means "Please go peacefully."
A casual version of 안녕히 가세요 is:
잘 가.
잘 means "well," and 가 means “go” in informal. So 잘 가 just means "Go well."
[slowly] 잘가.
Now you know lots of ways to greet people in Korean! Let’s review them all once again.
To greet someone casually:
안녕
To greet someone respectfully:
안녕하세요.
To say goodbye respectfully, when you are leaving and the other person is staying: 안녕히 계세요.
To say goodbye casually, when you’re leaving: 잘 있어.
To say goodbye respectfully, when the other person is leaving: 안녕히 가세요.
To say goodbye casually, when the other person is leaving: 잘가.
During the next lesson we’ll learn the meaning of the phrase 영어를 할수 있어요? Do you already know it? We'll be waiting to talk about it with you in our new 삼분 한국어 lesson.
여러분, 안녕히 계세요! 다음에 봐요!

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Friday at 6:30 pm
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Tuesday at 10:10 am
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Hi Izzy,

Thank you for posting. There is no ‘meaning’ for the Korean characters in English, only romanization. You will need to start learning the ‘words’ in order to get the meaning in English. For example:

라=(romanized as ‘ra/la’, but there is no meaning in this character itself).

Of course there are some single syllables which do have meaning, such as:

나 (romanized as ‘na’, and can mean ‘I/me’).

If you want to learn how to put Korean consonants and syllables together and learn how to put together the syllables that create words, you could try this lesson series: (the first two lessons are free, the latter two you will need a premium account to access);

https://www.koreanclass101.com/2007/10/02/video-1-how-to-read-and-write-hangul/

If you want to learn words, the best way would be to go through the absolute beginner lesson series (you can find lessons for absolute beginners through our Learning Path section–click ‘LESSONS’ on top of the page, then ‘Learning Paths’, and choose your level or what you would like to focus on by checking the various learning paths offered), and write down the words used in the lessons (flashcards are a good way to remember).

Hope this was of help. Please let us know if you have any other inquiries.

Sincerely,
Lyn
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Izzy
Saturday at 3:48 pm
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I need help! So I have learnt the alphabet, all 24 characters. But I don’t know what any of the characters mean in English! Is there a course somewhere that teaches me what they mean and how to write in Hangul?

Wednesday at 11:25 pm
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Hi Michelle,

Thank you for posting! To answer your question, the name Michelle is written in Korean as 미셸.

Cheers,
Lyn
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Michelle
Sunday at 9:39 am
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Hi there! May I ask how do I write my name in Korean? Is it 미 첼 레?

Monday at 10:07 pm
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Hi Ariana,

Thank you for posting. To answer your question, the name Ariana Keske would be written in Korean as 아리아나 케스케.

Cheers,
Lyn
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Ariana
Sunday at 4:58 am
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Hello. I was wondering how I say my name in Korean. My name is Ariana Keske.

Monday at 9:28 pm
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Hi Carissa,

Thank you for posting. To answer your question, the name Carissa Feodora would be written in Korean as 카리사 페오도라.

Cheers,
Lyn
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Carissa Feodora
Saturday at 2:10 pm
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Hello, how I say my name in korean? My name is Carissa Feodora.
Thank You :thumbsup:

Wednesday at 8:36 pm
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Hi Alyssa Jean,

Thank you for posting. If ‘Jean’ is pronounced like the ‘jean’ in ‘jeans’, your name would be written in Korean as 알리사 진. :smile:

Cheers,
Lyn
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Alyssa Jean
Wednesday at 1:19 am
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How to say my name Alyssa Jean in Korean? Thank you :smile: