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Hi, everyone! I’m Jaehwi, welcome back to Korean Weekly Words. In this video we'll be talking about 20 travel phrases you should know. Let's begin.
1. 고마워요. (Gomawoyo.) "Thank you."
I think if you just have to remember just one phrase before you travel to Korea, I think this is the first thing you should know, 고마워요(Gomawoyo). There are different phrases meaning “thank you”, for example, 감사합니다(Gamsahamnida), which is more formal, something like “I appreciate”.
But 고마워요(Gomawoyo) can be used in general for any casual or formal situation. For example
저쪽에 가시면 화장실이 있어요.(Jeojjoge gasimyeon hwajangsiri isseoyo.) “The toilet is over there.”
And you can just say 고마워요 (Gomawoyo) "Thank you."
Just for your tip, in Korea it’s mandatory to open a bathroom on the first floor of every building, so if you don't know where you can find a restroom, you just go to any big building around you, and then you'll be able to see a restroom open to public on the first floor of each building.
2. 저기요. (Jeogiyo.) "Excuse me."
If you want to ask how to get to a restroom around you, you can just say,
저기요. 화장실은 어디에 있어요? (Jeogiyo. Hwajangsireun eodie isseoyo?) "Excuse me. Where is the toilet?"
And then you can say 고마워요 (Gomawoyo), “Thank you”, after getting the answer.
3. 얼마입니까? (Eolmaimnikka?) "How much is it?"
얼마입니까? (Eolmaimnikka?) sounds a little bit formal, so if you want to go a little bit casual, you can also say, 얼마예요? (Eolmayeyo?) “How much is it?”
You're at a store, like, for clothing and you find a very good clothing for you, but there's no price tag, then in this case you can say,
얼마입니까? (Eolmaimnikka?) 얼마예요? (Eolmayeyo?) meaning ”How much is it?"
4. 기차역이 어디예요? (Gichayeogi eodiyeyo?) "Where is the train station?"
Here we have the noun 기차역(gichayeok), meaning ”train station”. And you can replace it with the other nouns, say, 화장실이 어디예요? (Hwajangsiri eodiyeyo?) “Where is the toilet?”
Or, 지하철역이 어디예요? (Jihacheoryeogi eodiyeyo?) "Where is the subway station?"
5. 와이파이 인터넷은 무료인가요? (Waipai inteoneseun muryoingayo?) "Is the WiFi free?"
So here we have the word 와이파이 인터넷 (waipai inteonet), or simply you can say 와이파이(waipai) to mean ”WiFi”. If you go to any cafe, like Starbucks, let's say you buy your coffee and you can get a receipt, and on the receipt you can find a Wi-Fi password, and checking it you can ask them
와이파이는 무료인가요? (Waipaineun muryoingayo?)
or 와이파이 인터넷은 무료인가요? (Waipai inteoneseun muryoingayo?) meaning “Is the WiFi free?"
6. 이거로 할게요. (Igeoro halgeyo.) "I would like this."
Here we have the noun 이거(igeo) meaning “this”. If you want to say “that thing”, you can say,
저거로 할게요. (Jeogeoro halgeyo.) "I'd like that."
7. 메뉴판 좀 주실래요? (Menyupan jom jusillaeyo?) "Could we have the menu, please?"
You can just simply say 메뉴(menyu), and say 메뉴 좀 주실래요? (Menyu jom jusillaeyo?) to mean the same thing. This is very polite expression, so I recommend you to use that, and if you need something else you can just replace 메뉴판(menyupan) with something else. For example
물 좀 주실래요? (Mul jom jusillaeyo?) “Could we have water, please?”
Or 김치 좀 주실래요? (Gimchi jom jusillaeyo?) "Could we have kimchi, please?”
8. 추천해 주시겠어요? (Chucheonhae jusigesseoyo?) "Do you have any recommendations?"
You know, if you're not sure what to have at the restaurant, you can just say 추천해 주시겠어요? (Chucheonhae jusigesseoyo?) "Do you have any recommendations?"
If you're not sure what to order at a Korean restaurant, I would highly recommend you try 불고기(bulgogi), which is kind of seasoned beef with soy sauce and sugar so it's a little salty but also sweet but not spicy.
불고기를 추천합니다. (Bulgogireul chucheonhamnida.) “I recommend bulgogi."
9. 땅콩 알러지가 있어요. (Ttangkong alleojiga isseoyo.) "I am allergic to peanuts."
If you are allergic to peanuts you can just say 땅콩 알러지가 있어요. (Ttangkong alleojiga isseoyo.)
If you are allergic to something else, you can just say …알러지가 있어요 (…alleojiga isseoyo).
So for example, if you are allergic to cats, you can just replace 땅콩(ttangkong) with 고양이(goyangi), which means “cat”, and say 고양이 알러지가 있어요. (Goyangi elleojiga isseoyo.) "I am allergic to cats."
10. 채식 메뉴 있어요? (Chaesik menyu isseoyo?) "Do you have any vegetarian dishes?"
Although many Korean dishes use a lot of vegetables, it’s not easy to find something only for vegetarians so it's better to ask 채식 메뉴 있어요? (Chaesik menyu isseoyo?) "Do you have any vegetarian dishes?" before you order something at a Korean restaurant.
Or if you want to try a traditional Korean dish, but without any beef or meat, you can just say 고기 빼고 주세요. (Gogi ppaego juseyo.) which means “(please make this) without meat”.
11. 계산서 주세요. (Gyesanseo juseyo.) "Could I have the check?"
If you want to pay for your dish, you can just ask 계산서 주세요. (Gyesanseo juseyo.)
12. 카드 돼요? (Kadeu dwaeyo?) "Do you take credit cards?"
Almost all the restaurants they accept credit cards, so even if you don't have any Korean Won, Korean currency, it’s ok to just go to restaurant and just pay by your credit card.
13. 사진 좀 찍어 주실래요? (Sajin jom jjigeo jusillaeyo?) "Could you take a picture for me, please?"
So if you’re alone but if you want to take a picture of you with something beautiful, you can just ask 사진 좀 찍어 주실래요? (Sajin jom jjigeo jusillaeyo?)
14. 금연석으로 주세요. (Geumyeonseogeuro juseyo.) "I'd like to have a non-smoking seat, please."
Actually you don't have to ask this question anymore, because since 2015 all restaurants in South Korea became non-smoking, smoking free. But you can use the pattern to ask something else, for example,
창가 근처로 주세요. (Changga geuncheoro juseyo.) "I'd like to have a window seat.”
15. 할인해 주실 수 있어요? (Harinhae jusil su isseoyo?) "Could you give me a discount?"
Simply you can also say 할인해 주세요 (Harinhae juseyo), which means “please give me a discount.”
When you are at a Korean traditional market, I think it’s mandatory to ask this question, because usually they expected their customers to ask this question, so it's better to ask the question. It's kind of fun to get some discount, so in that case we can say,
할인해 주실 수 있어요? (Harinhae jusil su isseoyo?) "Could you give me a discount?"
Or 할인해 주세요 (Harinhae juseyo) “please give me a discount.”
16. 지도 좀 주실래요? (Jido jom jusillaeyo?) "Could I get a map?"
It’s possible to not having internet connection on your phone so you need a map. In this case, you can just go to a tourist information centre where you can find at almost every tourists spots in South Korea, and just say 지도 좀 주실래요? (Jido jom jusillaeyo?) "Could I get a map?"
17. 예약했어요. (Yeyakaesseoyo.) "I have a reservation."
So when you step into a hotel, when you step into a guesthouse, the stuff will asked you, like,
예약하셨어요? (Yeyakasyeosseoyo?) “Did you make a reservation?”
Then you can say 예약했어요. (Yeyakaesseoyo.) “I made a reservation”, ”I have a reservation."
18. 물 주세요. (Mul juseyo.) "Water, pease."
This is very simple pattern, like you can just replace 물(mul) with something else,
김치 주세요. (Gimchi juseyo.) "Kimchi, please.”
주세요(juseyo) can be used for any situations, it sounds polite, but still a little bit casual. If you want to be really polite, you can also say …주시겠어요? (…jusigesseoyo?)
물 주시겠어요? 김치 주시겠어요? (Mul jusigesseoyo? Gimchi jusigesseoyo?) that means “Could you please give me…?”
But for most of the cases, you can just remember 주세요(juseyo), and say (something) 주세요(juseyo) to mean “(something) please.”
19. 영어 할 줄 아세요? (Yeongeo hal jul aseyo?) "Do you speak English?"
Simply you can say 영어 하세요? (Yeongeo haseyo?) It literally means “Do you do English?” but it can mean to speak English. You know, if someone says something in Korean and you want to ask the person to repeat this question in English, you can just say
영어로 말해 주세요. (Yeongeoro malhae juseyo.) "Please say that in English."
20. 괜찮아요. (Gwaenchanayo.) "It's okay."
So in Korean it’s better to say something indirectly if you want to be polite, so if you want to say “no” it's better to say 괜찮아요(Gwaenchanayo), which literally means "It's okay”, but it can be translated as “no”. So for example, if someone asks you to buy something you can just say 괜찮아요(Gwaenchanayo) to mean “no”. It's better than saying 아니에요(Anieyo), which means ”no" literally, because it sounds too direct, and so therefore it sounds a little bit rude.
Ok, that’s all 20 travel phrases you should know. I hope you use some of the phrases when you travel to Korea. Make sure to come to KoreanClass101.com to learn more expressions. I’ll see you next time. 다음 시간에 뵙겠습니다 (Daeum sigane boepgetsseumnida) 안녕히 계세요 (annyeonghi gyeseyo).

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