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10 High-Rated Korean Dramas to Improve Your Korean

Must-Watch Korean Dramas

There are many Korean dramas available for you to watch online, but how do you know if the drama is good or not? Based on the data, we’ve prepared a list of the top ten highest-rated Korean dramas in 2018. We’d like to introduce each drama and how to study the Korean language by watching these Korean dramas. We’ve written down a small part of the script from each drama for you so that you can have a glimpse of the language (e.g. the show’s Korean level, if and how they use informal language or jargons, and so on).

Some Korean dramas use jargons from law, some use rich vocabulary to describe the taste and texture of foods. Some Korean dramas use lots of slang words as well. Nevertheless, using a Korean drama to study the language is a great way to enjoy a great Korean drama while learning more about the Korean culture as well as conversational Korean.

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How to Learn Korean Using TV Dramas

There are many ways to study the language, and using TV shows is one of the most effective ways to broaden your vocabulary, as well as work on pronunciation and accent. In addition, you’ll be able to have a closer look at Korean culture and improve your listening skills.

In order to work on your Korean while watching TV dramas, find a spare notebook so that you can write down new words, slangs, sentences, and dialogues that you want to study. After that, try to memorize them so that you can practice them next time you’re chatting with Korean-speaking friends.

Also, stop the show and repeat the sentences or phrases after the actors, or even at the same time. This is an effective way of working on your pronunciation skills and improving your accent.

1. 미스터 션샤인 (miseuteo syeonsyain) — “Mr. Sunshine”

This drama is a story that you’re guaranteed to love. The story centers on a young boy who traveled to the United States during 1871 and returned back to Korea as a United States Corps officer. He meets and falls in love with the daughter of an aristocrat. (Wikipedia)

This drama became popular even before the episodes were released because the story was written by one of the top South Korean screenwriters, named 김은숙. She wrote many popular Korean television dramas, such as 파리의 연인 (Lovers in Paris [2004]), 시크릿 가든 (Secret Garden [2010]), 태양의 후예 (Descendants of the Sun [2016]), 도깨비 (Guardian: The Lovely and Great God [2016-2017]), and many more. This show’s production quality is extremely beautiful as well, so if you appreciate the beauty of cinematography, this drama is for you.

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※ The story takes place during the late 1870s, and therefore characters speak old Korean language, which sounds a little different compared to our current Korean language.

애신: ‘러브’가 무엇이오 (‘reobeu’ga mueosio)
유진: 한데 그건 왜 묻는 거요 (hande geugeon wae munneun geoyo)
애신: 하고 싶어 그러오. (hago sipeo geureoo.)
벼슬보다 좋은 거라 하더이다 (byeoseulboda joeun geora hadeoida)
유진: 뭐 생각하기에 따라서. (mwo saenggakagie ttaraseo.)
한데 혼자는 못하오. (hande honjaneun mothao.)
함께할 상대가 있어야 해서 (hamkkehal sangdaega isseoya haeseo)
애신: 그럼 나와 같이 하지 않겠소. (geureom nawa gachi haji anketso.)
내 총도 쏘는데 (nae chongdo ssoneunde)
유진: 총 쏘는 것보다 더 어렵고, (chong ssoneun geotboda deo eoryeopgo,)
그보다 더 위험하고, (geuboda deo wiheomhago,)
그보다 더 뜨거워야 하오 (geuboda deo tteugeowoya hao)
애신: 꽤 어렵구려 (kkwae eoryeopguryeo)

Translation:
A: “What is ‘love?’”
Y: “Why do you ask about ‘love?’”
A: “Because I want to do it. I heard that it is better than working in a government.”
Y: “Well, it depends, but you cannot do it alone. You need a partner.”
A: “Then, would you like to do it with me? I’m good at shooting guns.”
Y: “It is more difficult than shooting guns, more dangerous and it must be hotter than that.”
A: “It sounds really difficult.”

Vocabulary:
※ Click on a word to listen to the Korean pronunciation.

벼슬 (byeoseul): “government position.” Modern Korean word is 정치 (jeongchi)
한데 (hande): “but; however.” Modern Korean word is 하지만 (hajiman)
상대 (sangdae): “a partner”
(kkwae): “quite; rather; fairly”
어렵구려 (eoryeopguryeo): “It sounds/seems difficult.” Modern Korean phrase is 어렵군요 (eoryeopgunyo)

2. 내 아이디는 강남미인 (nae aidineun gangnammiin) — “Gangnam Beauty”

This story is centered around a character named Kang Mirae, who decides to get plastic surgery after being bullied for being ugly. At her university, she’s teased as the “Gangnam plastic surgery monster.” This story covers her journey to recover self-esteem as she gets to know Do Kyungseok. (Wikipedia)

The original version of this story is available on Webtoon, Naver. If you’re interested in reading the cartoon version with much simpler Korean phrases, you can start off with the Webtoon version first.

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※ This drama is a great way to learn conversational phrases and slangs in Korean.

강미래: 네가 내 일에 자꾸 엮이는 거 같은데,
(nega nae ire jakku yeokkineun geo gateunde)
말 안 했으면 좋겠어
(mal an haesseumyeon jokesseo)
도경석: 왜 했냐. 왜 고쳤냐고, 얼굴
(wae haennya. wae gochyeonnyago, eolgul)
강미래: 알잖아. 내 옛날 얼굴.
(aljana. nae yennal eolgul.)
내가 수아처럼 예뻐지자고 한 것도 아닌데
(naega suacheoreom yeppeojijago han geotdo aninde)
평범한 정도로 못 되는 얼굴이 있어.
(pyeongbeomhan jeongdoro mot doeneun eolguri isseo.)
도경석: 너 남들 얼굴에 급 매기냐.
(neo namdeul eolgure geup maeginya.)
얼굴이 아니라 질 떨어진 마인드를 수술하지 그랬냐.
(eolguri anira jil tteoreojin maindeureul susulhaji geuraennya.)

Translation:
Gangmirae: “It seems that you constantly get involved in my business.
I do not think you should be talking to me.”
Dogyeongseok: “Why did you do it. Why did you do a plastic surgery.”
Gangmirae: “You know my face before.
I didn’t want to be as pretty as Sooa,
but my face was not pretty enough.”
Dogyeongseok: “Are you giving scores to faces of others.
You should have done a surgery to fix on your mind, not your face. “

Vocabulary:
※ Click on a word to listen to the Korean pronunciation.

엮이다 (yeokkida): “be involved in”
평범하다 (pyeongbeomhada): “ordinary; common; normal”
했냐 (wae haennya): “Why did you do it?”
~처럼 (~cheoreom): “as~as”
떨어지다 (jil tteoreojida): “poor quality”
수술 (susul): “surgery; operation”

3. 서른이지만 열일곱입니다 (seoreunijiman yeorilgobimnida) — “Thirty But Seventeen”

Gong Woojin, who is now thirty years old, works as a set designer. Due to his past experience, he has difficulty maintaining relationships with others. Woo Seori, seventeen, fell into a coma due to an accident. Thirteen years later, she wakes up from her coma. However, her mental age is still that of a seventeen-year-old, but she is now thirty years old. This story is about how these two characters get involved with each other and fall in love along the way. (Wikipedia)

One of the main characters is played by a famous actress in South Korea, named 신혜선 (Shin Hyesun) whose previous appearance in Korean dramas was in 푸른 바다의 전설 (Legend of the Blue Sea). It’s believed that if she is in a drama, it’s guaranteed to be a good story. This drama has several great actors and actresses, so you’ll definitely enjoy this one!

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서리: 아, 부모님은 14살 때 돌아가셨어요. 터널 붕괴사고로 갑자기.
(Seori: a, bumonimeun 14sal ttae doragasyeosseoyo. teoneol bunggoesagoro gapjagi.)
그 후론 외삼촌 외숙모랑 같이 산 거고.
(geu huron oesamchon oesungmorang gachi san geogo.)
유찬: 아… 근데 외삼촌분은 왜 그렇게 급하게 집을 파셨을까요?
(Yuchan: a… geunde oesamchonbuneun wae geureoke geupage jibeul pasyeosseulkkayo?)
서리: 나도 궁금해 미치겠어요.
(nado gunggeumhae michigesseoyo.)
여기 계속 살고 계실 줄 알았는데…
(yeogi gyesok salgo gyesil jul aranneunde…)
경찰서 가도 해줄 수 있는 게 없다고 하고,
(gyeongchalseo gado haejul su inneun ge eopdaego,)
친구들도 어디로 갔는지 모르겠고…
(chingudeuldo eodiro ganneunji moreugetgo…)
내가 아는 사람들이 전부 세상에서 사라져 버린 느낌이에요.
(naega aneun saramdeuri jeonbu sesangeseo sarajyeo beorin neukkimieyo.)

Translation:
Seori: “Ah, my parents passed away when I was 14. Suddenly from collapse accident.
After that I lived with my uncle and aunt.”
Yuchan: “Ah… But I wonder why did your uncle sell the house so suddenly?”
Seori: “I want to know too and it’s driving me crazy.
I thought he would still be living here…
The police said there was nothing they could do,
I don’t know where my friends are…
It feels like everyone I know in this world have disappeared completely.”

Vocabulary”
※ Click on a word to listen to the Korean pronunciation.

부모님 (bumonim): “parents”
돌아가시다 (doragasida): “pass away”
붕괴사고 (bunggoesago): “collapse accident”
경찰서 (gyeongchalseo): “police station”
전부 (jeonbu): “all”
느낌이에요 (neukkimieyo): “feels like”

4. 김비서가 왜 그럴까 (gimbiseoga wae geureolkka) — “What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim?”

This drama is a love story between a vice chairman of a major cooperation, Lee Young-joon, and his secretary, Kim Mi-so. After working with Lee Young-joon, the secretary, Kim Mi-so decides to resign her position and their love story begins from there. (Wikipedia)

The story is based on a web novel, written by Jun Kyung-yoon. Later on, the story was published again as a web cartoon. Also, this drama inspired in many young audience members a sense of style similar to Kim Mi-so’s.

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박서준: 그만하자
(Bakseojun: geumanhaja)
이러다 또 싸우게 되면 어떡해
(ireoda tto ssauge doemyeon eotteokae)
기껏 화해했는데
(gikkeot hwahaehaenneunde)
그리고 너무 예뻐서
(geurigo neomu yeppeoseo)
더 이상 화를 낼 수는 없군
(deo isang hwareul nael suneun eopgun)

Translation:
Bakseojun: “Let’s stop
What happens if I fight again
We just made up with each other
And because you are too pretty
I cannot be angry to you anymore.”

Vocabulary:
※ Click on a word to listen to the Korean pronunciation.

그만하다 (geumanhada): “stop”
(tto): “again”
기껏 (gikkeot): “at the most; at best”
~와 화해하다 (~wa hwahaehada): “make up with somebody”
예쁘다 (yeppeuda): “to be pretty”

5. 라이프 (raipeu) — “Life”

This South Korean drama was written by 이수연 (Lee Soo-yeon), whose most famous Korean drama series previously was 비밀의 숲 (Stranger [2017]). There are two very famous main actors in this drama, who are 이동욱 (Lee Dong-wook) and 조승우 (Cho Seung-woo). To give you an idea of where these two actors appeared in the past: 이동욱 (Lee Dong-wook)’s previous appearance in Korean drama was in 도깨비 (Guardian: The Lovely and Great God) and 조승우 (Cho Seung-woo)’s previous appearance in Korean drama was in 비밀의 숲 (Stranger [2017]).

This story is a medical drama dealing with power struggles within the hospital. Ye Jin-Woo (Lee Dong-Wook) is a doctor in the emergency medical center at Sangkook University Hospital. He has a warm heart and charisma. Koo Seung-Hyo (Cho Seung-Woo), on the other hand, is the president at Sangkook University Hospital, and tends to be cool-headed and ambitious. (Asianwiki)

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왜 이 길을 택했냐는 질문이 그 다음이더군요.
(wae i gireul taekaennyaneun jilmuni geu daeumideogunyo.)
사람 살리는 방법을 죽도록 공부했으니까
(saram sallineun bangbeobeul jukdorok gongbuhaesseunikka)
그리고 용기가 없어서.
(geurigo yonggiga eopseoseo.)
내 눈앞에서 사라지는 생명을 외면할 용기가 없어서.
(nae nunapeseo sarajineun saengmyeongeul oemyeonhal yonggiga eopseoseo.)

Translation:
“The next question is why I chose this road.
I studied how to save people from death.
And I do not have the courage.
I do not have the courage to turn away the life that disappears before my eyes.”

Vocabulary:
※ Click on a word to listen to the Korean pronunciation.

택하다 (taekada): “choose”
질문 (jilmun): “question”
그리고 (geurigo): “and”
용기 (yonggi): “courage”
눈앞 (nunap): “before one’s eyes”
외면하다 (oemyeonhada): “turn one’s face away; look away”

6. 라이프 온 마스 (raipeu on maseu) — “Life on Mars”

Have you seen Life on Mars? This is a remake version of the British drama, Life on Mars.

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증거, 과학수사 뭐 법대로 하면 좋지.
(jeunggeo, gwahaksusa mwo beopdaero hamyeon jochi.)
그런데, 그런 것들 다 따지다가 사람이 죽어 나가요.
(geureonde, geureon geotdeul da ttajidaga sarami jugeo nagayo.)

Translation:
“Evidence, scientific investigation well it’s good if we abide by the law.
But, as we caught up in following all these rules, innocent people are dying.”

Vocabulary:
※ Click on a word to listen to the Korean pronunciation.

증거 (jeunggeo): “evidence; proof”
과학수사 (gwahaksusa): “scientific investigation”
그런데 (geureonde): “but; however”
사람 (saram): “human”
죽어 나가다 (jugeo nagada): “die”

7. 친애하는 판사님께 (chinaehaneun pansanimkke) — “Your Honor”

This drama tells the story of identical twin brothers who have the same level of intellect, but lead entirely different lives. (Wikipedia)

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일단 반성문은 50장 정도로 가시죠.
(ildan banseongmuneun oo-ship jang jeongdoro gasijyo.)
판사가 일주일에 처리하는 사건만 100개가 넘는데,
(pansaga iljuire cheorihaneun sageonman Baek gaega neomneunde,)
반성문이 얼마나 많이 들어오겠어요?
(banseongmuni eolmana mani deureoogesseoyo?)

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시작합시다!
(sijakapsida!)
아아아! 판사 존경해요?
(aaa! pansa jongyeonghaeyo?)
판사도 알아요, 자기 존경 안하는거.
(pansado arayo, jagi jongyeong anhaneungeo.)
근데 다 무슨 존경하는 판사님이야?
(geunde da museun jongyeonghaneun pansanimiya?)
읽나? 안 읽지! 첫 줄부터 거짓말인데.
(ingna? an ilji! cheot julbuteo geojinmarinde.)
받아 적으세요. 친애하는 판사님께!
(bada jeogeuseyo. chinaehaneun pansanimkke!)
아 좋은 말이에요. 그냥 받아쓰셔!
(a joeun marieyo. geunyang badasseusyeo!)

Translation:
“Firstable, let’s start off with 50 letters of apology
There are over 100 cases a judge handles in a week,
Can you imagine how many letters of apology comes in?
Let’s start!
Ah! Do you respect a judge?
Any judges already know, they are not respected.
But why do you say that you respect judges?
Do you read? No you don’t! Because it is a lie from the first line.
Write it down, Dear Judge!
Oh good. Just write this down!”

Vocabulary:
※ Click on a word to listen to the Korean pronunciation.

일단 (ildan): “first; at first”
반성문 (banseongmun): “letter of apology”
판사 (pansa): “judge”
처리하다 (cheorihada): “treat; handle”
존경 (jongyeong): “respect”
거짓말 (geojinmal): “lie”

8. 식샤를 합시다 3 (siksyareul hapsida 3) — “Let’s Eat 3”

This is the Korean drama that will make you hungry. They’ve just started airing season three of this TV drama, and if you love Korean food, it’s strongly recommended to watch from season one. Apart from well-known traditional Korean foods such as 비빔밥 (bibimbap), 불고기 (bulgogi), and 떡볶이 (Tteok-bokki), you’ll see many Korean foods that you’ve never seen before.

The story centers around two main characters named Goo Daeyoung (played by Yoon Doo-joon) and Lee Jiwoo (played by Baek Jin-hee). Thirty-something Goo Daeyoung struggles with his life. In order to heal his wounds, he decides to go on a journey to revisit the food that he loved in his twenties with his classmate, Lee Ji-woo. (Wikipedia)

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대영: 야이 니들끼리 다 먹으면 어떻게
(Yundujun: yai nideulkkiri da meogeumyeon eotteoke)
친구: 야 물 부어서 다시 먹으면돼지, 이렇게
(Chingu: ya mul bueoseo dasi meogeumyeondwaeji, ireoke)
대영: 싱거워지잖아 그러면!
(Yundujun: singgeowojijana geureomyeon!)
지우: 아 됐다.
(Baekjinhui: a dwaetda.)
대영: 어? 뭐하는거야?
(Yundujun: eo? mwohaneungeoya?)
지우: 이러면, 부대찌개로 바뀌면서 간도 맞다. 먹어봐라
(Baekjinhui: ireomyeon, budaejjigaero bakkwimyeonseo gando matda. meogeobwara)

Translation:
Daeyoung: “What the… How did you eat all of them (without me?)”
A friend: “Well, we can eat more if we pour water, like this.”
Daeyoung: “If you do that it (the Kimchi soup) is going to be bland!”
Jiwoo: “Hey, stop.”
Daeyoung:“Ah? What are you doing?”
Jiwoo: “If we do like this, the soup is going to become sausage stew and it taste just right. Try it out.”

Vocabulary:
※ Click on a word to listen to the Korean pronunciation.

붓다 (butda): “pour”
이렇게 (ireoke): “like this”
싱겁다 (singgeopda): “insipid; not properly salted”
그러면 (geureomyeon): “and, then, if you do”
부대찌개 (budaejjigae): “Sausage Stew”
간이 맞다 (gani matda): “be well seasoned”

9. 너도 인간이니? (neodo inganini?) — “Are You Human?”

Oh Laura is a scientist who was forced to separate from her son named Nam Shin. In order to cope with her loss, she builds various AI robots of her son, naming them Nam Shin one, two, and three. Nam Shin Three was sent to a corporation in order to protect the real Nam Shin’s position, because the real Nam Shin is in a coma. Meanwhile, Kang Sobong is hired as Nam Shin Three’s bodyguard. However, she starts to fall in love with him. (Wikipedia)

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남신3: 왜 나한테 거짓말했죠?
(namsin3: wae nahante geojinmalhaetjyo?)
회사 간다고 해놓고 병원에서 엄마 만났잖아요.
(hoesa gandago haenoko byeongwoneseo eomma mannatjanayo.)
인간 남산이 한국에 온 것도 말해주지 않았죠.
(ingan namsani hanguge on geotdo malhaejuji anatjyo.)
지영훈씨는 믿어도 되는 인간인가요, 아닌가요?
(jiyeonghunssineun mideodo doeneun inganingayo, aningayo?)
영훈: 뭘 착각하나 본데, 그쪽은 진짜 신이가 아니에요.
(yeonghun: mwol chakgakana bonde, geujjogeun jinjja siniga anieyo.)
날 믿든 안 믿든 내가 시키는대로만 해요.
(nal mitdeun an mitdeun naega sikineundaeroman haeyo.)
뭐하는겁니까 지금?
(mwohaneungeomnikka jigeum?)
남신3: 행동 모방학습.
(haengdong mobanghakseup.)
방금 지영훈씨 행동을 따라 해봤어요.
(banggeum jiyeonghunssi haengdongeul ttara haebwasseoyo.)
할 말이 남아서요.
(hal mari namaseoyo.)

Translation:
Namsin3: “Why did you lie to me?
You told us that you will go to work, but you met my mum instead.
You didn’t even tell me that human (real) Namsin is in Korea.
Should I trust you or not?”
Yeonghun: “I think you are confused, you are not real Sin (casual way to call Namsin)
(I don’t care) whether you trust me or not. Just follow my order.
What are you doing now?”
Namsin3: “Behavioral imitation learning
I tried to mimic your behaviour because I still have more to say.”

Vocabulary:
※ Click on a word to listen to the Korean pronunciation.

거짓말 (geojinmal): “lie”
인간 (ingan): “human being.” Synonyms — 사람 meaning “a person”
착각하다 (chakgakada): “confused; mistaken”
시키다 (sikida): “to order”
지금 (jigeum): “now; right now”
모방 (mobang): “imitation.” Synonyms — 따라하다 (ttarahada) meaning “to mimic”
학습 (hakseup): “study; learning”

10. 시간 (shigan) — “Time”

Soo-Ho (played by Kim Jung-Hyun) is the CEO of a restaurant and the son of a family that runs the large company W. Because of him, Ji-Hyun’s (played by Seohyun) life is ruined. Ji-Hyun used to have a bright personality and easily socialized with others; however, after she lost her younger sibling, everything is changed.

The female lead is played by a member of Girls’ Generation. After they decided to disband the group, Seohyun changed her career to become an actress, and this is her eighth appearance in Korean drama. Her previous appearance was in 도둑놈, 도둑님 (Bad Thief, Good Thief [2017]).

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지현: 무슨일이십니까 고객님
(Jihyeon: museunirisimnikka gogaengnim)
수호: 너 시력이 몇이야?
(Jeonghyeon: neo siryeogi myeochiya?)
지현: 네?
(ne?)
수호: 번호판 안보이냐고!
(beonhopan anboinyago!)
지현: 죄송합니다. 제가 안내를 잘못해드렸습니다.
(joesonghamnida. jega annaereul jalmothaedeuryeotseumnida.)
저쪽으로 가시면됩니다.
(jeojjogeuro gasimyeondoemnida.)
수호: 수신호는 왜 안해
(susinhoneun wae anhae)
수신호를 해야 할 거 아냐 혹시 나 지금 무시하는 거야?
(susinhoreul haeya hal geo anya hoksi na jigeum musihaneun geoya?)
수호: 사랑이 가득한 더블유 백화점에 오신것을 환영합니다.
(sarangi gadeukan deobeullyu baekwajeome osingeoseul hwanyeonghamnida.)
행복한 쇼핑 되십시오.
(haengbokan syoping doesipsio.)
행복은 개뿔
사람1: 미친거 아냐?
(saram1: michingeo anya?)
수호: 방금 뭐라고 그랬어?
(banggeum mworago geuraesseo?)
지현: 그게..
(geuge…)
사람1: 저 고객님 그게
(jeo gogaengnim geuge)
수호: 이젠 별게 날 무시하네?
(ijen byeolge nal musihane?)
지현: 너무한거 아니에요
(neomuhangeo anieyo)
지금 사람이 넘어진거 안보이시냐구요
(jigeum sarami neomeojingeo anboisinyaguyo)
수호: 지금 나한테 화내는거야?
(jigeum nahante hwanaeneungeoya?)
지현: 그럼 이 상황에서 화가 나지 안나겠어요?
(geureom isanghwangeseo hwaga naji annagesseoyo?)
사람이 넘어졌으면 괜찮댜고 물어보셔야죠.
(sarami neomeojyeosseumyeon gwaenchantyago mureobosyeoyajyo.)
그게 최선의 도리 아닌가요?
(geuge choeseonui dori aningayo?)

Translation:
Ji-Hyun: “How can I help you, sir?”
Soo-Ho: “How good is your sight?”
Ji-Hyun: “I beg your pardon?”
Soo-Ho: “Don’t you see my license plate?”
Ji-Hyun: “I’m sorry. I gave you the wrong directions.
VIP customers can go that way.”
Soo-Ho: “What about your hand signals?
You have to signal us so we can go.
Are you looking down on me?”
Ji-Hyun: “Welcome to W department store full of love.
Please have a great time shopping.”
Soo-Ho: “Great time? What a joke.”
Person 1: “Is he crazy?”
Soo-Ho: “What did you just say?”
Ji-Hyun: “Well…”
Person 1: “I… Actually, it.”
Soo-Ho: “Even things like these are looking down on me now.”
Ji-Hyun: “You are being too harsh
can’t you see that you made her fall?”
Soo-Ho: “Are you getting mad at me?”
Ji-Hyun: “Who wouldn’t get mad in this situation?
If someone fell, you should ask if they’re okay.
That’s common sense.”

Vocabulary:
※ Click on a word to listen to the Korean pronunciation.

무슨일이 십니까? (museuniri simnikka?): “What’s the trouble?”
고객님 (gogaengnim): “customer”
시력 (siryeok): “eyesight”
무시하다 (musihada): “ignore”
번호판 (beonhopan): “number plate”
수신호 (susinho): “hand signal”
백화점 (baekwajeom): “department store”
넘어지다 (neomeojida): “fall”
화내다 (hwanaeda): “angry; get mad at”
도리 (dori): “duty”

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How to Find a Job in South Korea

Working abroad is a great way to explore and immerse yourself in the local culture. Many Korean learners want to work in South Korea, and the number of foreigners who are employed by a Korean company is increasing every year. There are a few things that foreigners finding jobs in Korea need to know, so we’ve put together this guide for you.

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Table of Contents

  1. Benefits of Working in Korea
  2. The Most Popular Jobs in Korea
  3. Visa Requirements to Work in Korea
  4. Do I Need to Speak Korean to Work in South Korea?
  5. Popular Korean Job Hunting Sites
  6. Quick Tips for Korean CV and Resume
  7. Most Common Job Interview Questions in Korea
  8. How KoreanClass101 Can Help You with Finding a Job in Korea


1. Benefits of Working in Korea

So what’s the benefit of working in Korea? Many people wonder how much their income would be, but it totally depends on your work experience and the company you work for. So it’s important to consult with a recruiter if you want to know the average income you can expect in a specific position or an industry you wish to work in.

1- Overseas Work Experience

Working abroad gives you many benefits in your career development, as many companies appreciate candidates with abroad work experience. Korea has its unique working system and environment, and therefore by working and living in Korea, you’ll definitely enjoy your stay.

2- Korean Leisure Culture

There’s a lot to do for fun in South Korea and you can enjoy many leisures at a low cost. To give you a better idea of what to expect when working and living in Korea, we’ve explained in detail about how much it costs to live in Korea (focusing on Seoul). Feel free to read it.

3- Low Crime Rate

Korea possesses one of the lowest crime rates in the world. CCTVs are installed on every corner of every street and inside buildings. You’ll see a police car driving around the streets at night, and there’s even a free service, for women, where two volunteer workers walk home with you at night.


2. The Most Popular Jobs in Korea

We know it can be stressful searching for foreigners-friendly jobs in Korea, so we thought we’d put together a quick list of the most popular ones. One of the most common jobs that foreigners do in South Korea is teaching a language, especially English, due to high demand. Moreover, you can also find an office job in Korea. If you’re planning to stay in Korea for a year and want to find a part-time job in Korea, this is also a viable option. Below is a quick overview of the most famous jobs that foreigners do in South Korea:

Students Raising Hands

1- Language Teaching Jobs

If you’re a native English speaker who wants to have a career in teaching, finding a job will be a lot easier for you in Korea. There are many advantages of being a language teacher. Firstly, the majority of companies will provide free accomodation and take care of the visa process, meaning you don’t need to worry too much about the initial hiring process period. Some companies even provide free lunch as well. The pay for language teaching jobs in Korea is very decent, usually ranging between 2,000,000 KRW ~ 3,000,000 KRW, depending on your professional experience.

However, depending on which school you work for, you need to understand that working hours may not be flexible. For example, you may be expected to only teach grammar for the whole day, or be required to do extra activities like field trips or orchestral activities with the Korean students. So do check what your responsibilities are going to look like before applying for a job.

Researcher

2- Office Jobs

If you work at an office, you’ll have international experience. There are many international companies in South Korea that are aggressively hiring foreigners or 교포 (gyopos) also known as “Korean diaspora.” So if you’re qualified for a position, you’ll definitely be considered as a potential candidate. Moreover, if you work at a global company, many Korean employees are bilingual or multilingual, making it much easier for you to work on projects with them.

However, to find employment in Korea, it’s important to note that the majority of office jobs require fluency in Korean if your first language is not Korean. Therefore, you may struggle to find a job in Korea if you cannot speak Korean. You have to have a way to prove that you can speak the language, such as a TOPIK score or a Korean language school certificate.

If you’re an intermediate to advanced Korean speaker, or majored in Korean at a university in your country, you’ll be able to find many jobs available for you in Korea, such as translation jobs (Korean-to-English translation jobs are in demand) or language-related positions at a startup company or even global companies since these companies aggressively seek out bilingual candidates.

In contrast to language teaching jobs, many companies won’t provide free accomodation.

3- Blue-Collar Jobs

Jobs in the blue-collar industry such as automotive, chemical, electronic, and steel are of high employment need in Korea. Also, jobs like cleaning or farming are also highly in demand.

As these jobs usually don’t require Korean language skills or other specialized skills, they are perhaps the easiest way for foreigners to get a job. Many companies are foreigners-friendly and depending on the company you work for, accommodations may be provided. Finding a foreigners-friendly blue-collar job is similar to finding other work in Korea, so try to search blue-collar jobs with these keywords:

  • 공장 (gongjang) or “factory”
  • 화장품 공장 (hwajangpum gongjang) or “cosmetics factory”
  • 제품 생산직 (jepum saengsanjik) or “product production”
  • 단순포장 (dansunpojang) or “simple packing”
  • 야간 청소 (yagan cheongso) or “night shift cleaning”
  • 농장일 (nongjangil) or “working at a farm”

4- Health-, Science-, and Technology-related Jobs

Recently, more and more doctors from overseas are working in South Korean hospitals. Also, if you’re an engineer, many international companies, especially in the IT industry, hire foreign candidates in South Korea.

Going to Work


3. Visa Requirements to Work in Korea

We’re sure you know already that there are visa requirements for foreigners to work in Korea. There are many visas that you can choose from, and therefore it’s important for you to research each visa. Depending on the employment position in South Korea, you’ll need to acquire an appropriate visa in order to continue working and living in South Korea:

1- E2 Visa (The Standard English Teaching)

Career choice with E2 visa holders: Private schools, public schools, and language institutions.

2- E1 Visa (Similar to the E2 Visa)

Career choice with E1 visa holders: Any recognized Korean colleges and universities .

3- E5 Visa (Professional Employee)

Career choice with E5 visa holders: Corporations.

4- F3 Visa (Direct Family Member)

Career choice for F3 visa holders: Since this is an extended tourist visa, you’re not allowed to work in South Korea.

5- F4 Visa (For Korean Americans, Korean Canadians, etc.)

Career choice for F4 visa holders: You have the same rights as Korean citizens, therefore you can work in any business or organization in South Korea.

6- E7 Visa (12-month Working Holiday Visa)

Career choice for E7 visa holders: Depends. If you can speak Korean, you can work at a restaurant, shopping stores, and so on. If you cannot speak Korean, it may be difficult for you to work in a service industry.

The eligibility of each visa varies depending on your objective in working in South Korea. For this reason, if you’re uncertain which visa to obtain, consult with the South Korean embassy, or consulate in your home country or with your new employer. Also, make sure to apply two to three months early for a smooth visa process. Then, you’ll have fewer worries regarding finding a job in Korea.

Seoul


4. Do I Need to Speak Korean to Work in South Korea?

Korean language skill requirements completely depend on the company you’re applying for. However, if you can prove your language skills, you’ll definitely have an advantage above others applying for the same job. As for Korean skills, you’ll be asked to present a TOPIK test result (Test of Proficiency in Korean—website) or a certificate from 어학당 (eohakdang) which is a Korean language school that you went to.

For language teaching positions, you may need to be able to speak some Korean in order to communicate with students who otherwise would struggle to understand you. In addition, you’ll have a closer relationship with your students if you can speak Korean.

As for corporations, you do need to present proof that you can speak Korean. They don’t expect you to speak Korean fluently, but they’ll definitely appreciate and consider you more as a potential employee, since having a certificate or a TOPIK result demonstrates how ambitious you are to work in South Korea.

If you’re interested in finding the right Korean language institution for you, here’s a list for you to look at.

Website


5. Popular Korean Job Hunting Sites

There are many websites that you can use to find a job in South Korea. In general, these are the most popular Korean job searching websites for finding a job in Korea.

1- General Job (Available in English)

  • PeoplenJob — only international corporations in Korea
  • Indeed — for any corporation positions
  • Linkedin — for any corporation positions
  • Robert Walters — for any corporation positions
  • Craigslist — mainly English teaching jobs or waiter and waitress positions

2- General Job (Available only in Korean)

  • JobKorea — small to large corporations in Korea
  • Saramin — small to large corporations in Korea
  • Incruit — small to large corporations in Korea
  • Designerjob — for graphic designers
  • Mediajob — for video editors, writers, and so on

3- Part-time Job Search

  • 알바천국 — only available in Korean
  • 알바몬 — only available in Korean
  • Craigslist — mainly English teaching jobs or waiter and waitress positions
  • Apply Offline — this is explained below in “Others”

4- Community

5- Others

  • Volunteering in Korea
    • Language Exchange: Whether you want to make friends or gain teaching experience, if you speak English or any other popular languages (e.g. French, Japanese, Chinese, and so on), you can volunteer at a language exchange cafe. There are many language exchange events organized in South Korea, especially in Seoul and Busan. Your main duty is to converse with language learners in a casual and comfortable environment. If you search for language exchange events in South Korea, you can easily find many events, but if you’re not familiar with this, start off with Meetup Korea. All you need to do is select the location (e.g. Seoul, Busan, etc.) and go through the list of weekly events in your area.

      Also, depending on the time and the location, you may meet more university students or professional workers. Volunteering is a great way to make friends and consult about your career plans in Korea.

    • Other volunteering work: There are many volunteer groups organized by foreigners in Korea. Several locals and foreigners participate and do many activities together, therefore it’s a great opportunity to make friends while helping others who are in need. Here’s a list of volunteer groups:
  • Job Fair in Korea
    • Korea organizes a job fair annually, targeting foreigners in Korea. All of the companies that come to this job fair are foreigner-friendly, so keep an eye out for it. You can search for keywords like 외국인 취업박람회 (oegugin chwieopbangnamhoe) meaning “Job fair for foreign residents” or 외국인유학생 채용박람회 (oeguginyuhaksaeng chaeyongbangnamhoe) meaning “Job fair for international students” to find the date and the time. There will be many corporations offering job positions and internships for foreigners. Make sure to print your resume and your cover letter before attending the job fair.
  • Check Vacant Positions on a Website
    • You can always directly apply at the company you wish to work for. Many companies have a “career” page that lists all the open positions, so if you have some specific companies in mind, try to visit their websites and submit your application.
  • Apply offline
    • When finding a job in Korea, you can also apply offline if you want to find a part-time job, such as a waitress/waiter or cashier. If you’re looking for a part-time job in Korea, applying directly at the place is the best and quickest way to find a job. To do this, look for 스태프모집 (seutaepeumojip), 일할 사람 구함 (ilhal saram guham), 사람구함 (saramguham), or 직원구함 (jigwonguham) on the entrance of a shop. They usually put the hourly rate and preference, too. You do need to have a resume prepared and in-hand when you apply offline. As for larger corporations, applying offline is very rare. It’s recommended to submit the application directly to the company’s website or through recruiters.

Resume


6. Quick Tips for Korean CV and Resume

In Korea, you need to prepare 이력서 (iryeokseo), which is a Korean version of a resume. [image]. In addition, you’ll also need to write a 자기소개서 (jagisogaeseo) or “cover letter.” You can download a free template online or purchase the resume and cover letter documents at a convenience store. Below are some Korean job application tips that we think you’ll find useful.

1- Korean Resume Tips

Korean Resume Photo

You’ll need to attach a profile picture at the top right corner on the first page. Your profile picture for your resume is one of the most important elements of the resume, so try to get your pictures taken by a professional photographer in Korea. Koreans always wear a black business suit to look professional and your professional picture will most likely be photoshopped. This is because when your resume is handed to a potential employer, the first thing they’ll look at is your picture, and so it’s important to have a nice picture of yourself. The first impression matters in the business world, and this is no different in South Korea.

Education History

You need to arrange all of your education chronologically and you’ll also need to provide the year and the month of your graduation and entrance into schools. So try to write them down and save them somewhere in your drive. You’ll find this list helpful when finding a job in Korea.

2- Writing a Cover Letter in Korea

Koreans call the cover letter a 자기소개서 (jagiseogaeseo) or “self-introduction letter” [image] and Koreans usually write about the following:

  • 성장과정 (seongjanggwajeong) — Talk about your growth process
  • 학창시절 (hakchangsijeol) — Talk about your education
  • 성격소개 (seonggyeoksogae) — Talk about your personality
  • 지원동기 및 포부 (jiwondonggi mit pobu) — Talk about why you applied for this job and what you want to do

You can modify the topics if you want. When you write your self-introduction letter, make sure to emphasize your strengths and how your skills will benefit the company.

3- At the Interview

You need to:

  • Arrive for the interview 10 to 15 minutes early.
  • Print your resume and your cover letter and bring them with you.
  • Prepare the interview answers in Korean and English.
  • Bow to an interviewer and be polite!


7. Most Common Job Interview Questions in Korea

There’s not much difference when it comes to the job interview questions in Korea. Depending on which corporation you want to work for, the interview process may take two weeks to three months. Also, if you wish to apply for large corporations in Korea such as 삼성 (Samsung), 현대 (Hyundai), 엘지 (LG), or 대우 (Daewoo), you’ll take an examination which consists of testing your language ability and mathematical skills. For example, as for Samsung, once your job application (your cover letter and your resume) is submitted through their website, you’ll have a chance to undertake an exam called 삼성직무적성검사 (samseongjingmujeokseonggeomsa) called GSAT, which is an abbreviation for “Global Samsung Aptitude Test.” Normally, the exam is scheduled during the weeknd, and you can even take the exam in English. If you pass this exam, you’ll have the opportunity to go to the next round which involves group and individual interviews.

If you’re not sure what the interview process is going to be like, Koreans usually share their interview experiences online, such as on Specup, so if you’re confident in speaking Korean and want to find a job in Korea, take advantage of online community websites too.

The interview is one of the trickiest and most stressful activities in the hiring process. Since you can’t predict what kind of questions you’ll be asked, it’s important to prepare as many anticipated questions as possible with the appropriate answers.

Let’s have a look at common interview questions in Korea:

  • 자기소개를 해보세요. (jagi sogaereul haeboseyo.) — “Introduce yourself.”
  • 왜 저희가 당신을 고용해야 한다고 생각하십니까 ? (wae jeohuiga dangsineul goyonghaeya handago saenggakasimnikka?) — “Why do you think that we should hire you?”
  • 한국말 할 수 있나요? (hangungmal hal su innayo?) — “Do you speak Korean?”
  • 우리 회사에 대해 어떻게 알고 있나요? (uri hoesae daehae eotteoke algo innayo?) — “How did you find out about our company?”
  • 지금의 직장을 왜 그만두려고 합니까? (jigeumui jikjangeul wae geumanduryeogo hamnikka?) — “Why do you want to quit your current job?”
  • 5년 후의 당신의 모습은 어떨것 같나요? (onyeon huui dangsinui moseubeun eotteolgeot gannayo?) — “Where do you see yourself in five years?”
  • There are many more questions you can expect to hear. However, be careful with the question below in particular:

  • 당신의 강점과 약점은 무엇인가요? (dangsinui gangjeomgwa yakjeomeun mueosingayo?) — “What are your strengths and weaknesses?”
    • This question is often asked in South Korea. They want to know your weaknesses and if you can’t turn your weaknesses into something positive, you’ll end up giving a negative impression to the interviewer, so be careful with this question. It’s vital to give a good answer to this question when looking for employment in Korea.

In addition, they’ll usually go through your resume and ask many questions on the basis of your work experience. So try to come up with as many questions as possible and prepare the answers in Korean and English.


8. How KoreanClass101 Can Help You

The most important point is that there are many ways to find jobs in Korea, but if you speak the language, you’ll be able to find a job that you really like. Being able to speak Korean will definitely give you some advantages.

Also, before jumping into learning Korean, you’ll need to find someone who can support you, like a Korean native speaker and someone who can provide appropriate language study materials. In your case, they have to be related to finding a job in Korea.

MyTeacher at KoreanClass101 can definitely help you with business Korean and give practical advice on finding a job in South Korea. So why not sign up for a lifetime account today, assess your Korean language level, and have your own personalized learning program based on your needs?

We hope today’s lesson gave you some insight on working and living in Korea, and that our job application tips help you succeed and land your dream job. Thanks for reading and best of luck!

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Daeboreum: Celebrate the Day of the First Full Moon in Korea

For a long time, in Korea, China, and other East Asian countries, people believed that there was a relationship between the size of the moon and their grain harvest. They believed that the moon growing larger over time was very similar to the growth of their grain in the fields; as the moon became larger, their grains would grow fatter.

Thus, you can see how Jeongwol Daeboreum (also called Day of the First Full Moon by Koreans) is a significant reflection of Korean culture. We at KoreanClass101.com hope to inform you well on all things Korean, so we hope you’ll let us be your guide for the Day of the First Full Moon in Korea.

Let’s explore Jeongwol Daeboreum Festival traditions (and the Moon Festival meaning), the Full Moon wishes made in some provinces, and more information on how Koreans celebrate the Great Full Moon!

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1. What is Korean Day of the First Full Moon?

정월 (Cheongwol) means “the first month of the lunar year,” and 대보름 (Daeboreum) means “big full moon.” So, 정월대보름 (Jeongwol Daeboreum) means something like “the day the first big full moon rises.”

On the Day of the First Full Moon, the night sky is brighter because of the big moon. Many villagers gather and enjoy festivities underneath the bright moonlight, including the Jeongwol Daeboreum Fire Festival.

Day of First Full Moon in Korea can also be considered a second New Year celebration.

2. When is it?

Full Moon In The Night Sky

As the name suggests, the Korean Day of the First Full Moon is celebrated when the first full moon of the year is in the sky (this is day fifteen of the first lunar year month). This holiday’s date varies year to year on the Gregorian calendar, but for your convenience, here’s a list of this holiday’s date for the next ten years:

  • 2019: February 19
  • 2020: February 8
  • 2021: February 26
  • 2022: February 15
  • 2023: February 5
  • 2024: February 24
  • 2025: February 12
  • 2026: March 3
  • 2027: February 20
  • 2028: February 9

3. Reading Practice: How is it Celebrated?

Child Making a Wish

How do Koreans celebrate Jeongwol Daeboreum, and what is the Full Moon Game? Read the Korean text below it to find out (and find the English translation directly below).
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첫번째 행사는 ‘달맞이’입니다. ‘맞이’는 ‘맞이하다’라는 뜻의 동사에서 나온 말인데요. ‘달맞이’를 하기 위해서 정월대보름날이 되면 달빛을 확인하기 위해 마을 사람들이 밖에 모두 모입니다. 그 달빛으로 앞으로의 1년 농사를 미리 점을 쳤다고 하는데요. 달빛이 붉으면 그 해에는 흉년이 오고, 달빛이 희면 그 해에는 장마가 있을 징조라고 생각했습니다.
이렇게 한 해의 농사가 어떻게 될지 점을 친 다음에는, ‘쥐불놀이’를 합니다.
‘쥐불놀이’는 말 그래도 불을 가지고 노는 놀이인데요. ‘쥐불놀이’를 할 때에는 사람들이 모여서 조그마한 깡통에 짚을 넣고 그 안에 불을 붙인 다음, 깡통을 빙빙 돌립니다. 이렇게 깡통을 돌린 다음에 잡초가 있는 논이나 밭에 이 깡통을 던지는 놀이가 바로 ‘쥐불놀이’입니다. 이렇게 하면 잡초들이 불에 타면서 거름이 되고 그 거름으로 봄에 농사를 잘 지을 수 있는 효과도 있다고 하네요.
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The first event is Dalmaji. Maji is a word from the verb Majihada meaning “to welcome.” For Dalmaji, all the villagers gather outside to see the moonlight on the Day. It’s said they could predict the year of farming ahead by the moonlight. They believed that if the light was bright the year would be plentiful, and if the light was dim then there would be a rainy season.

After predicting how the farming would be for the next year, they would play Jwibul-nori.

Jwibul-nori or “small fire play” (also called the Full Moon Game) is playing with fire, as it literally says. When playing Jwibul-nori, people put straw into cans and set fire to it, then they spin the can around and around. After spinning the cans, they throw them into fields with weeds. The weeds then catch fire and become fertilizer for the spring farming.

A very special food is eaten only on the Day of the First Full Moon. It’s called Ogokbap. Five kinds of ingredients or Ogok such as rice, beans, barley, sorghum, and millet are put together to make ogokbap and is eaten together with the family. Usually, people only eat three meals a day—breakfast, lunch, and dinner—however, on the Day of the First Full Moon meals are split up nine times throughout the day. They also say that eating with at least three families brings more fortune than eating alone.

4. Additional Information

Do you know how people in the city celebrate the Day of the First Full Moon? It depends, actually, on where you are or who you happen to be with. For example, in the Gyeonggi province or 경기도 (Gyeonggi-do), people gather together, write their wishes on paper tied to a rope made of straw, and light the paper on fire.

5. Must-know Vocab

Jwibullori

To celebrate and understand the Korean Day of the First Full Moon to its fullest, there’s some basic vocabulary you should know.

  • 달 (dal) — “moon”
  • 전통 (jeontong) — “tradition”
  • 밤 (bam) — “chestnut”
  • 호두 (hodu) — “walnut”
  • 부럼을 깨다 (bureomeul kkaeda) — “crack nuts”
  • 잣 (jat) — “pine nut”
  • 오곡밥을 먹다 (ogokbabeul meokda) — “eat five-grain rice”
  • 쥐불놀이 (Jwibullori) — “Jwibullori” (this is when grass and weeds are burned)
  • 소원을 빌다 (sowoneul bilda) — “make a wish”
  • 대보름 (Daeboreum) — “Great Full Moon”
  • 귀밝이술을 마시다 (gwibalgisureul masida) — “drink ear-quickening wine”

To hear each vocabulary word pronounced, visit our First Full Moon Festival vocabulary list page. Each word is accompanied by an audio of its pronunciation to help you better learn them.

Conclusion

After learning about the Korean First Full Moon Festival with us, tell us what you think! We hope you enjoyed delving into this interesting facet of the Korean culture, and that you’ll take this knowledge with you on your language-learning journey.

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How to Say I Love You in Korean - Romantic Word List

Do you often feel lonely and sad? Do you long for romance and are willing to do whatever it takes to meet that special person? Speaking another language could revolutionize your love life! So, why wait? Learning how to say ‘love’ in Korean could be just what you need to find it.

Or perhaps you were lucky, and have found your Korean partner already. Fantastic! Yet, a cross-cultural relationship comes with unique challenges. Learning how to speak your lover’s language will greatly improve your communication and enhance the relationship. At KoreanClass101, our team will teach you all the words, quotes and phrases you need to woo your Korean lover with excellence! Our tutors provide personal assistance, with plenty of extra material available to make Korean dating easy for you.

Table of Contents

  1. Common Phrases You’ll Need for a Date
  2. The Most Romantic Ideas for a Date
  3. Must-know Valentine’s Day Vocabulary
  4. Korean Love Phrases for Valentine’s Day
  5. Korean Quotes about Love
  6. Marriage Proposal Lines
  7. 15 Most Common Break-Up Lines
  8. Will Falling in Love Help You Learn Korean Faster?

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1. Common Phrases You’ll Need for a Date

So, you have met your Korean love interest. Congratulations! Who knows where this could take you…?! However, the two of you have just met and you’re not ready to say the Korean word for love just yet. Great, it is better to get to know him/her first. Wow your prospective love by using these Korean date phrases to set up a spectacular first date.

Korean Date Phrases

Would you like to go out to dinner with me?

  • 저랑 저녁 먹으러 가실래요?
  • Jeorang jeonyeok meogeureo gasillaeyo?

The important question! In most cultures, this phrase indicates: ‘I’m romantically interested in you’. Flirting in Korean is no different, so don’t take your date to Mcdonald’s!

Are you free this weekend?

  • 이번 주말에 시간 어때요?
  • Ibeon jumare sigan eottaeyo?

This is a preamble to asking your love interest on a date. If you get an immediate ‘Yes’, that’s good news!

Would you like to hang out with me?

  • 저랑 데이트하실래요?
  • Jeorang deiteuhasillaeyo?

You like her/him, but you’re not sure if there’s chemistry. Ask them to hang out first to see if a dinner date is next.

What time shall we meet tomorrow?

  • 내일 몇 시에 만날까요?
  • Naeil myeot sie mannalkkayo?

Set a time, and be sure to arrive early! Nothing spoils a potential relationship more than a tardy date.

Where shall we meet?

  • 어디서 만날까요?
  • Eodiseo mannalkkayo?

You can ask this, but also suggest a place.

You look great.

  • 멋져요. (to men) 예뻐요. (to women)
  • Meotjjeoyo. Yeppeoyo.

A wonderful ice breaker! This phrase will help them relax a bit - they probably took great care to look their best just for you.

You are so cute.

  • 정말 귀여워요.
  • Jeongmal gwiyeowoyo.

If the two of you are getting on really well, this is a fun, flirtatious phrase to use.

What do you think of this place?

  • 여기 어때요?
  • Yeogi eottaeyo?

This another good conversation starter. Show off your Korean language skills!

Can I see you again?

  • 또 볼 수 있을까요?
  • Tto bol su isseulkkayo?

So the date went really well - don’t waste time! Make sure you will see each other again.

Shall we go somewhere else?

  • 어디 다른 데 갈까요?
  • Eodi dareun de galkkayo?

If the place you meet at is not great, you can suggest going elsewhere. It is also a good question to follow the previous one. Variety is the spice of life!

I know a good place.

  • 좋은 데 알아요.
  • Joeun de arayo.

Use this with the previous question. However, don’t say if you don’t know a good place!

I will drive you home.

  • 집까지 태워다 줄게요.
  • Jibkkaji taewoda julgeyo.

If your date doesn’t have transport, this is a polite, considerate offer. However, don’t be offended if she/he turns you down on the first date. Especially a woman might not feel comfortable letting you drive her home when the two of you are still basically strangers.

That was a great evening.

  • 오늘 저녁 즐거웠어요.
  • Oneul jeonyeok jeulgeowosseoyo.

This is a good phrase to end the evening with.

When can I see you again?

  • 언제 다시 볼 수 있어요?
  • Eonje dasi bol su isseoyo?

If he/she replied ‘Yes’ to ‘Can I see you again?’, this is the next important question.

I’ll call you.

  • 전화할게요.
  • Jeonhwahalgeyo.

Say this only if you really mean to do it. In many cultures, this could imply that you’re keeping the proverbial backdoor open.

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2. The Most Romantic Ideas for a Date

You learned all the Korean phrases to make a date - congratulations! Now you have to decide where to meet, which can be tricky. Discuss these options with your lover to gauge whether you like the same things. Check out romantic date ideas in Korean below!

Date Ideas in Korean

museum

  • 박물관
  • Bangmulgwan

If you’re looking for unique date ideas that are fun but won’t break the bank, museums are the perfect spot! You won’t be running out of things to say in the conversations.

candlelit dinner

  • 촛불 저녁 식사
  • chotbul jeonyeok siksa

A candlelit dinner is perhaps best to reserve for when the relationship is getting serious. It’s very intimate, and says: “Romance!” It’s a fantastic choice if you’re sure you and your date are in love with each other!

go to the zoo

  • 동물원에 가다
  • dongmurwone gada

This is a good choice for shy lovers who want to get the conversation going. Just make sure your date likes zoos, as some people dislike them. Maybe not for the first date, but this is also a great choice if your lover has children - you’ll win his/her adoration for inviting them along!

go for a long walk

  • 긴 산책을 하다
  • gin sanchaegeul hada

Need to talk about serious stuff, or just want to relax with your date? Walking together is soothing, and a habit you can keep up together always! Just make sure it’s a beautiful walk that’s not too strenuous.

go to the opera

  • 오페라에 가다
  • operae gada

This type of date should only be attempted if both of you love the opera. It can be a special treat, followed by a candlelit dinner!

go to the aquarium

  • 아쿠아리움에 가다
  • akuariume gada

Going to the aquarium is another good idea if you need topics for conversation, or if you need to impress your lover’s kids! Make sure your date doesn’t have a problem with aquariums.

walk on the beach

  • 해변을 걷다
  • haebyeoneul geotda

This can be a very romantic stroll, especially at night! The sea is often associated with romance and beauty.

have a picnic

  • 소풍을 가다
  • sopungeul gada

If you and your date need to get more comfortable together, this can be a fantastic date. Spending time in nature is soothing and calms the nerves.

cook a meal together

  • 함께 요리를 하다
  • hamkke yorireul hada

If you want to get an idea of your date’s true character in one go, this is an excellent date! You will quickly see if the two of you can work together in a confined space. If it works, it will be fantastic for the relationship and create a sense of intimacy. If not, you will probably part ways!

have dinner and see a movie

  • 저녁 먹고 영화 보다
  • jeonyeok meokgo yeonghwa boda

This is traditional date choice works perfectly well. Just make sure you and your date like the same kind of movies!

3. Must-know Valentine’s Day Vocabulary

Valentine's Day Words in Korean

Expressing your feelings honestly is very important in any relationship all year round. Yet, on Valentine’s Day you really want to shine. Impress your lover this Valentine’s with your excellent vocabulary, and make his/her day! We teach you, in fun, effective ways, the meanings of the words and how to pronounce them. You can also copy the characters and learn how to write ‘I love you’ in Korean - think how impressed your date will be!

4. Korean Love Phrases for Valentine’s Day

So, you now have the basic Valentine’s Day vocabulary under your belt. Well done! But, do you know how to say ‘I love you’ in Korean yet? Or perhaps you are still only friends. So, do you know how to say ‘I like you’ or ‘I have a crush on you’ in Korean? No? Don’t worry, here are all the love phrases you need to bowl over your Korean love on this special day!

Valentine's Day Words in Korean

I love you.

  • 사랑해요.
  • Saranghaeyo.

Saying ‘I love you’ in Korean carries the same weight as in all languages. Use this only if you’re sure and sincere about your feelings for your partner/friend.

You mean so much to me.

  • 당신은 나에게 무척 소중해요.
  • Dangsineun naege mucheok sojunghaeyo.

This is a beautiful expression of gratitude that will enhance any relationship! It makes the receiver feel appreciated and their efforts recognized.

Will you be my Valentine?

  • 나랑 사귈래?
  • Narang saguillae?

With these words, you are taking your relationship to the next level! Or, if you have been a couple for a while, it shows that you still feel the romance. So, go for it!

You’re so beautiful.

  • 정말 아름다우세요.
  • Jeongmal areumdauseyo.

If you don’t know how to say ‘You’re pretty’ in Korean, this is a good substitute, gentlemen!

I think of you as more than a friend.

  • 나는 너를 친구 이상으로 생각해.
  • Naneun neoreul chingu isangeuro saenggakae.

Say this if you are not yet sure that your romantic feelings are reciprocated. It is also a safe go-to if you’re unsure about the Korean dating culture.

A hundred hearts would be too few to carry all my love for you.

  • 백 개의 심장도 너를 향한 내 모든 사랑을 담기에는 너무 모자랄거야.
  • Baek gaeui simjangdo neoreul hyanghan nae modeun sarangeul damgieneun neomu mojaralgeoya.

You romantic you…! When your heart overflows with love, this would be the best phrase to use.

Love is just love. It can never be explained.

  • 사랑은 그저 사랑이다. 절대 설명 될 수 없다.
  • Sarangeun geujeo sarangida. Jeoldae seolmyeong doel su eopda.

If you fell in love unexpectedly or inexplicably, this one’s for you.

You’re so handsome.

  • 정말 잘생기셨어요.
  • Jeongmal jalsaenggisyeoseoyo.

Ladies, this phrase lets your Korean love know how much you appreciate his looks! Don’t be shy to use it; men like compliments too.

I’ve got a crush on you.

  • 나는 너에게 반했어.
  • Naneun neoege banhaeseo.

If you like someone, but you’re unsure about starting a relationship, it would be prudent to say this. It simply means that you like someone very, very much and think they’re amazing.

You make me want to be a better man.

  • 당신 덕분에 난 더 좋은 사람이 되고 싶어졌어요.
  • Dangsin deokbune nan deo joeun sarami doego sipeojyeoseoyo.

Gentlemen, don’t claim this phrase as your own! It hails from the movie ‘As Good as it Gets’, but it is sure to make your Korean girlfriend feel very special. Let her know that she inspires you!

Let all that you do be done in love.

  • 당신이 하는 모든 일이 사랑으로 행해지기를.
  • Dangsini haneun modeun iri sarangeuro haenghaejigireul.

We hope.

You are my sunshine, my love.

  • 내 사랑 당신은 내 행복의 근원이에요.
  • Nae sarang dangsineun nae haengbogui geunwonieyo.

A compliment that lets your lover know they bring a special quality to your life. Really nice!

Words can’t describe my love for you.

  • 말은 당신을 위한 내 사랑을 설명 할 수 없습니다.
  • Mareun dangsineul wihan nae sarangeul seolmyeong hal su eopseumnida.

Better say this when you’re feeling serious about the relationship! It means that your feelings are very intense.

We were meant to be together.

  • 우리는 천생연분이야.
  • Urineun cheonsaengyeonbuniya.

This is a loving affirmation that shows you see a future together, and that you feel a special bond with your partner.

If you were thinking about someone while reading this, you’re definitely in love.

  • 만약 이 글을 읽는 동안 누군가에 대해 생각하고 있었다면, 당신은 분명 사랑에 빠졌습니다.
  • Mannyak i geureul ingneun dongan nugungae daehae saenggakago iseotdamyeon, dangsineun bunmyeong sarange ppajyeotseumnida.

Here’s something fun to tease your lover with. And hope he/she was thinking of you!

5. Korean Quotes about Love

Korean Love Quotes

You’re a love champ! You and your Korean lover are getting along fantastically, your dates are awesome, your Valentine’s Day together was spectacular, and you’re very much in love. Good for you! Here are some beautiful phrases of endearment in Korean that will remind him/her who is in your thoughts all the time.

6. Marriage Proposal Lines

Korean Marriage Proposal Lines

Wow. Your Korean lover is indeed the love of your life - congratulations! And may only happiness follow the two of you! In most traditions, the man asks the woman to marry; this is also the Korean custom. Here are a few sincere and romantic lines that will help you to ask your lady-love for her hand in marriage.

7. 15 Most Common Break-Up Lines

Korean Break-Up Lines

Instead of moving towards marriage or a long-term relationship, you find that the spark is not there for you. That is a pity! But even though breaking up is never easy, continuing a bad or unfulfilling relationship would be even harder. Remember to be kind to the person you are going to say goodbye to; respect and sensitivity cost nothing. Here are some phrases to help you break up gently.

  • We need to talk.
    • 우리 얘기 좀 하자.
    • Uri yaegi jom haja.

    This is not really a break-up line, but it is a good conversation opener with a serious tone.

    It’s not you. It’s me.

    • 네가 아니야. 나야.
    • Nega aniya. Naya.

    As long as you mean it, this can be a kind thing to say. It means that there’s nothing wrong with your Korean lover as a person, but that you need something different from a relationship.

    I’m just not ready for this kind of relationship.

    • 난 그냥 이런 종류의 연애를 위한 준비가 안 됐어.
    • Nan geunyang ireon jongnyuui yeonaereul wihan junbiga an dwaesseo.

    Things moved a bit fast and got too intense, too soon? Painful as it is, honesty is often the best way to break up with somebody.

    Let’s just be friends.

    • 우리 그냥 친구하자.
    • Uri geunyang chinguhaja.

    If the relationship was very intense, and you have sent many ‘i love u’ texts in Korean, this would not be a good breakup line. Feelings need to calm down before you can be friends, if ever. If the relationship has not really developed yet, a friendship would be possible.

    I think we need a break.

    • 우리에게 휴식이 필요하다고 생각해.
    • Uriege hyusigi piryohadago saenggakae.

    This is again honest, and to the point. No need to play with someone’s emotions by not letting them know how you feel. However, this could imply that you may fall in love with him/her again after a period of time, so use with discretion.

    You deserve better.

    • 너는 내게 과분한 사람이야.
    • Neoneun naege gwabunhan saramiya.

    Yes, he/she probably deserves a better relationship if your own feelings have cooled down.

    We should start seeing other people.

    • 우리는 다른 사람을 만나기 시작해야 해.
    • Urineun dareun sarameul mannagi sijakaeya hae.

    This is probably the least gentle break-up phrase, so reserve it for a lover that doesn’t get the message!

    I need my space.

    • 내 공간이 필요해.
    • Nae gonggani piryohae.

    When a person is too clingy or demanding, this would be an suitable break-up phrase. It is another good go-to for that lover who doesn’t get the message!

    I think we’re moving too fast.

    • 우리 진도가 너무 빠른 것 같아.
    • Uri jindoga neomu ppareun geot gata.

    Say this if you want to keep the relationship, but need to slow down its progress a bit. It is also good if you feel things are getting too intense for your liking. However, it is not really a break-up line, so be careful not to mislead.

    I need to focus on my career.

    • 나는 일에 집중해야 해.
    • Naneun ire jipjunghaeya hae.

    If you feel that you will not be able to give 100% in a relationship due to career demands, this is the phrase to use. It’s also good if you are unwilling to give up your career for a relationship.

    I’m not good enough for you.

    • 나는 너에게 충분하지 않아.
    • Naneun neoege chungbunhaji ana.

    Say this only if you really believe it, or you’ll end up sounding false. Break-ups are usually hard for the receiving party, so don’t insult him/her with an insincere comment.

    I just don’t love you anymore.

    • 난 그냥 너를 더 이상 사랑하지 않아.
    • Nan geunyang neoreul deo isang saranghaji ana.

    This harsh line is sometimes the best one to use if you are struggling to get through to a stubborn, clingy lover who won’t accept your break up. Use it as a last resort. Then switch your phone off and block their emails!

    We’re just not right for each other.

    • 우리는 그냥 서로 안 맞아.
    • Urineun geunyang seoro an maja.

    If this is how you truly feel, you need to say it. Be kind, gentle and polite.

    It’s for the best.

    • 이게 최선이야.
    • Ige choeseoniya.

    This phrase is called for if circumstances are difficult and the relationship is not progressing well. Love should enhance one’s life, not burden it!

    We’ve grown apart.

    • 우리는 멀어졌어.
    • Urineun meoreojyeosseo.

    Cross-cultural relationships are often long-distance ones, and it is easy to grow apart over time.

  • 8. Will Falling in Love help you Learn Korean faster?

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    Three Reasons Why Having a Lover will Help you Learn Korean Faster!

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    1- Being in a love relationship with your Korean speaking partner will immerse you in the culture
    KoreanClass101 uses immersive methods and tools to teach you Korean, but having a relationship with a native speaker will be a very valuable addition to your learning experience! You will gain exposure to their world, realtime and vividly, which will make the language come alive even more for you. The experience is likely to expand your world-view, which should motivate you to learn Korean even faster.

    2- Having your Korean romantic partner will mean more opportunity to practice speaking
    Nothing beats continuous practice when learning a new language. Your partner will probably be very willing to assist you in this, as your enhanced Korean language skills will enhance the relationship. Communication is, after all, one of the most important pillars of a good partnership. Also, you will get to impress your lover with the knowledge gained through your studies - a win/win situation!

    3- A supportive Korean lover is likely to make a gentle, patient teacher and study aid!
    With his/her heart filled with love and goodwill for you, your Korean partner is likely to patiently and gently correct your mistakes when you speak. This goes not only for grammar, but also for accent and meaning. With his/her help, you could sound like a native in no time!

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    2- Lessons Are Designed to Help You Understand and Engage with Korean Culture
    At KoreanClass101, our focus is to help our students learn practical vocabulary and phrases used by everyday people in Korea. This means that, from your very first lesson, you can apply what you learn immediately! So, when your Korean partner wants to go out to a restaurant, play Pokemon Go, or attend just about any social function, you have the vocabulary and phrases necessary to have a great time!

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    Learning A Language on Your Own

    Can You Really Learn Korean Alone?

    Learning a language on your own or without traditional classroom instruction may seem quite daunting at first. What if you run into questions? How do you stay motivated and on track to achieving goals?

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    3 Reasons to Learn a Language Alone

    Learning Alone

    1. Learn at Your Own Pace and On Your Schedule

    In today’s fast-paced world, there just isn’t time for traditional classroom instruction. Between getting to class and studying on some professor or teacher’s schedule, traditional classroom learning is simply impossible to fit in. But when you learn Korean alone, you can study in bed if you like and whenever suits your schedule best, making it far easier to actually reach your goal of learning and mastering the language.

    2. Learning a Language on Your Own Reduces Stress and Anxiety

    Speaking in front of a class, pop quizzes, and tests are just a few of the stressors you will encounter when you learn a language in a traditional classroom setting. Specifically, these are external stressors that often derail most people’s dream of learning a new language. But when you learn Korean alone, there are no external stressors. Without the external stress and anxiety, it becomes much easier and more exciting to study Korean and reach your very own goals—all on your own!

    3. Learning Korean Alone Helps Improve Cognitive Function and Overall Success

    Learning a language on your own is indeed more challenging in some ways than being taught in a traditional classroom setting. In fact, while classroom instruction requires more rote memorization and following instructions, studying a language on your own requires more problem-solving and higher cognitive function to self-teach lessons and hit goals. So while it’s more challenging and requires higher levels of cognition, teaching yourself a language pays dividends throughout life by better preparing you for social/work opportunities that arise.

    How to Learn a Language on Your Own with KoreanClass101

    Learning with KoreanClass101

    1. Access to the World’s Largest Collection of Korean Audio & Video Lessons

    The best way to learn a language on your own is to study from native speaking instructors. Ideally, you want audio and/or video lessons that teach vocabulary, grammar, and provide actual Korean conversations and dialogue to help you with pronunciation. KoreanClass101 has hundreds of hours of HD audio and video lessons created by real Korean instructors and every lesson is presented by professional Korean actors for perfect pronunciation. Plus, all lessons can be accessed 24/7 via any mobile device with Internet access. And, if you download the PDF versions of each lesson, you can even study without Internet access once the lesson is stored on your device!

    2. “Learning Paths” with Korean Courses Based Upon Your Exact Needs & Goals

    Although KoreanClass101 has more than thousands of video and audio lessons, you need not review each and every one to learn the language. In fact, KoreanClass101 has developed a feature called “Learning Paths”. You simply tell us your goals and we will identify the best courses and study plan to help you reach them in the shortest time possible. So even though you are technically learning a language on your own, our team is always here to help and make sure you reach your goals FAST!

    3. Advanced Learning Tools Reduce Learning Time and Boost Retention

    When you have the right tools and Korean learning resources, it’s actually easy to teach yourself a language! In the past 10+ years, KoreanClass101 has developed, tested, and refined more than 20 advanced learning tools to boost retention and reduce learning time, including:

    • Spaced Repetition Flashcards
    • Line-by-Line Dialogue Breakdown
    • Review Quizzes
    • Voice Recording Tools to Help Perfect Pronunciation
    • Teacher Feedback and Comments for Each Lesson
    • Korean Dictionary with Pronunciation
    • Free PDF Cheat Sheets
    • And Much More!

    Armed with our growing collection of advanced learning tools, it’s truly a breeze to learn Korean alone and reach your goals!

    Conclusion

    Learning a language on your own is not only possible, it’s actually easier and more beneficial for you than traditional classroom instruction. In fact, when you learn Korean on your own you can study at your own pace, eliminate stress, and actually increase cognitive function.

    KoreanClass101 is the world’s most advanced online language learning system and a great resource to help you teach yourself a new language. With the world’s largest collection of HD audio and video lessons, more than 20 advanced learning tools, and customized “Learning Paths”, KoreanClass101 makes learning a new language easier, more convenient, and less expensive than traditional classroom instruction.

    And the best part is: With KoreanClass101, you can study in bed, your car, or wherever you have a few spare minutes of time. Create your Free Lifetime Account now and get a FREE ebook to help “kickstart” your dream of learning a language on your own below!

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    Language Learning Tips: How to Avoid Awkward Silences

    Avoid Awkward Silences

    Yes, even beginners can quickly learn conversational Korean well enough to carry on real conversations with native speakers. Of course, beginners won’t be able to carry a conversation the same way they could in their native language. But, just knowing a few tips like which questions to ask to keep a conversation going are all you need to speak and interact with real native speakers! But before we get to specific suggestions, let’s first take a closer look at how having real Korean conversations is so vital to your mastery of the language.

    Learning to Carry a Conversation is Vital to Mastery of Any Language

    Communicating with other people is the very point of language and conversation is almost second nature in our native tongue. For beginners or anyone learning a new language, conversations aren’t easy at all and even simple Korean greetings can be intimidating and awkward.

    However, there are 3 vital reasons why you should learn conversational Korean as quickly as possible:

    • Avoid Awkward Silences: Nothing kills a conversation faster than long periods of awkward silence, so you need practice and specific strategies to avoid them.
    • Improve the Flow of Conversation to Make a Better Impression: When you know what to say to keep a conversation going, communication becomes much easier and you make a better impression on your listener.
    • Master the Language Faster: Nothing will help you learn to speak Korean faster and truly master the language than having real conversations with native speakers. Conversations quickly expose you to slang, cultural expressions, and vocabulary that force you to absorb and assimilate information faster than any educational setting—and that’s a great thing!

    But how can you possibly have real conversations with real Korean people if you are just starting out?

    3 Conversation Strategies for Beginners

    Conversation

    1. Ask Questions to Keep a Conversation Going

    For beginners and even more advanced speakers, the key is to learn to ask questions to keep a conversation going. Of course, they can’t be just random questions or else you may confuse the listener. But, by memorizing a few key questions and the appropriate time to use them, you can easily carry a conversation with minimal vocabulary or experience. And remember, the more Korean conversations you have, the quicker you will learn and master the language!

    2. Learn Core Vocabulary Terms as Quickly as Possible

    You don’t need to memorize 10,000’s of words to learn conversational Korean. In fact, with just a couple hundred Korean words you could have a very basic Korean conversation. And by learning maybe 1,000-2,000 words, you could carry a conversation with a native speaker about current events, ordering in restaurants, and even getting directions.

    3. Study Videos or Audio Lessons that You Can Play and Replay Again and Again

    If you want to know how to carry a conversation in Korean, then you need exposure to native speakers—and the more the better. Ideally, studying video or audio lessons is ideal because they provide contextualized learning in your native language and you can play them again and again until mastery.

    KoreanClass101 Makes it Easier and More Convenient Than Ever to Learn Conversational Korean

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    For more than 10 years, KoreanClass101 has been helping students learn to speak Korean by creating the world’s most advanced online language learning system. Here are just a few of the specific features that will help you learn conversational Korean fast using our proven system:

    • The Largest Collection of HD Video & Audio Lessons from Real Korean Instructors: KoreanClass101 instructors have created hundreds of video and audio lessons that you can play again and again. And the best part is: They don’t just teach you Korean vocabulary and grammar, they are designed to help you learn to speak Korean and teach you practical everyday topics like shopping, ordering, etc!
    • Pronunciation Tools: Use this feature to record and compare yourself with native speakers to quickly improve your pronunciation and fluency!
    • 2000 Common Korean Words: Also known as our Core List, these 2,000 words are all you need to learn to speak fluently and carry a conversation with a native speaker!

    In all, more than 20 advanced learning tools help you quickly build vocabulary and learn how to carry a conversation with native speakers—starting with your very first lesson.

    Conclusion

    Although it may seem intimidating for a beginner, the truth is that it is very easy to learn conversational Korean. By learning a few core vocabulary terms and which questions to ask to keep a conversation going, just a little practice and exposure to real Korean conversations or lessons is all it really takes. KoreanClass101 has created the world’s largest online collection of video and audio lessons by real instructors plus loads of advanced tools to help you learn to speak Korean and carry a conversation quickly.

    Act now and we’ll also include a list of the most commonly used questions to keep a conversation going so you can literally get started immediately!

    How to Transform Your Daily Commute Into Learning a Language

    Learn a language during your commute!

    Today, classrooms are no longer the only or even best place to learn a new language like Korean. More and more people are finding that they can easily learn a language just about anywhere they have a few minutes of spare time, including their daily commute to work. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average American spends over 50 minutes a day commuting to and from work, or over 300 hours a year.

    Rethinking Your Daily Commute to Work

    But rather than simply sitting in traffic and wasting the time, you can instead use your daily commute to literally learn Korean in just a few short months! KoreanClass101 has developed specialized learning tools that you can use on your commute to work (and home again) to master the language in your spare time. Keep reading to learn how to get your free audiobook to use on your next commute so you can see for yourself how easy it is to transform “dead time” into realizing your dream of learning a new language!

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    But before we look at how to transform your commute home into a mini-classroom, let’s take a closer look at 4 reasons why traditional classroom settings just aren’t the best option for most people in today’s fast-paced world.

    • Difficulty Getting to and From Class
    • Learning on Someone Else’s Schedule
    • Very Expensive and May Cost $1,000’s to Complete
    • Can Take Years to Finally Complete Classes and Learn the Language

    The simple truth is that traditional classroom instruction is simply not a viable option for most people in today’s very fast-paced, time-starved world. Now let’s examine how you can learn a language faster, more easily, and at far less expense than traditional classes—all during your commute to work and back home again!

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    3 Reasons Your Daily Commute Can Help You Master a Language

    1. The Average Commute Time is More than 300 Hours Per Year

    Between the commute to work and getting back home again, over 6 hours a week is completely wasted and not helping you reach any goals or objectives. But thanks to online language learning platforms with audiobooks and other resources that you can access during your commute, you can easily transform wasted time into tangible progress towards learning a new language. With over 300 hours available annually, your daily commute could provide you with enough time to literally master a new language each and every year!

    2. Increase Your Earning Potential While Commuting to Work

    How would you like to transform all those spare commuting hours each week into more money for a new car, house, or even a dream vacation? According to research, someone making $30,000 per year can boost their annual income by $600 or more per year by learning a second language. Added up over the course of a lifetime, you can boost your total earnings by $70,000 or more while achieving your dream of learning a new language during your daily commute!

    How? From work-at-home translation jobs to working overseas, there are many ways to leverage your second language into more money in your bank account! So instead of wasting your precious time, you can make your commute more productive and profitable and the more languages you learn, the higher your income potential.

    3. Repetition is Key to Mastering a New Language

    Not sure if it’s practical to learn another language while commuting to and from work each day? Well not only is it possible—learning in your car on the way to and from work each day can actually help you learn and master Korean or any language much faster! The simple truth is that repetition is absolutely vital to truly internalizing and mastering any language. So, if you listen to audiobooks or even audio lessons on your commute to work and then repeat the same lesson on your commute home, the information is more likely to be “locked-in” to your long-term memory!

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    5 Ways KoreanClass101 Makes It Easy to Learn a Language On Your Commute

    KoreanClass101 has been helping people just like yourself learn and master Korean in the comfort of their home, during their daily commute, or any place they have a few minutes of spare time. Here are five features provided by KoreanClass101 that make it easy to learn a new language while commuting to and from work:

    1. The Largest Collection of Audio Lessons on Planet by Native Speaking Instructors
    Every single week, KoreanClass101 creates new audio lessons by native speaking instructors. All lessons are short, to the point, and guaranteed to improve your mastery of Korean.

    2. Word of the Day
    Simply exposing yourself to new information and vocabulary terms helps increase your fluency and mastery of Korean. So every single day, KoreanClass101 adds a new Word of the Day for you to learn and memorize during your commute.

    3. Daily Dose Mini-Lessons
    Have a short commute to work but still want to make progress towards learning and mastering Korean? Not a problem! Our Daily Dose Mini-Lessons are 1-minute or less and designed to improve your grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation.

    4. All Content Available on a Convenient Mobile App
    You don’t need a PC or tablet to learn Korean during your daily commute. At KoreanClass101, all of our lessons, tools, and resources are available 24/7 via our Mobile App. That means you can access all of our audio lessons and other tools during your commute to work or any time you have a few spare moments!

    5. Audiobooks and Other Supplemental Resources
    In addition to the world’s largest online collection of HD audio lessons, KoreanClass101 has also created several audiobooks to enhance your understanding and make it more convenient than ever to learn a language during your commute!

    Conclusion

    The average commute time of most Americans is over 300 hours each year and it’s the perfect opportunity to learn and master a new language. In fact, you can use the “dead time” during your daily commute to learn a new language and potentially boost your lifetime earnings by up to $70,000 or more! Whatever your motivation, KoreanClass101 has the tools and resources necessary to help you learn a new language each year during your commute to and from work. Act now and we’ll even provide you with a free audiobook to try out on your next commute!

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    18 Useful Korean Greetings You Should Learn

    How to Say Hello in Korean

    When it comes to learning a new language, “hello” is the first word you learn. As the majority of language learners will agree, you’ll come to realize how many different ways there are to say hello in other languages, although you’re already using various greetings in your own language.

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    Today, KoreanClass101 is going to introduce you to eighteen Korean greetings, both informal and formal. Let’s go through them one-by-one, so that you know exactly when to use these greetings next time you chat with your Korean friends. We hope you get the most from this Korean greetings guide!

    1. How to Say Hello in Korean: 4 Must-Know Greetings

    These four common Korean greetings are used often in South Korea and you may already know some of them, but let’s go through them one-by-one to review anyway. If you’re an absolute beginner, it’s okay. These aren’t difficult to memorize.

    1- 안녕 (Annyeong) — “Hello” (Informal)

    안녕 (Annyeong) is a casual and friendly Korean greeting used among friends and people of the same age who know each other. You can also say Annyeong to people who are younger than you. It’s similar in meaning to “What’s up?” or “Hey” in English, and it’s a gender-neutral greeting. Remember that this casual greeting cannot be used to greet people of a higher status—such as a teacher or a boss—or to the strangers that you meet everyday.

    Example: (A and B are friends)

    ※ Click on a word for pronunciation

    A: 안녕
    A: Annyeong
    A: “Hello”

    B: , 안녕
    B: Eo, annyeong.
    B: “Oh, hey”

    Boy Saying Hello

    2- 안녕하세요 (Annyeonghaseyo) — “Hello” (Formal)

    Annyeonghaseyo is a formal Korean greeting used for everyday conversations, and can be used in the majority of situations. This greeting is used to greet any strangers that you meet such as a cashier at the supermarket as well as people who are older than you, such as older family members.

    When you meet someone of the same age, you’ll need to greet them formally to show some respect. If you’re not sure whether to say hello in a formal or informal way, Annyeonghaseyo is safe to say.

    Example: (A is a cashier and B is a buyer)

    ※ Click on a word for pronunciation

    A: 안녕하세요, 봉투 필요하십니까?
    A: Annyeonghaseyo, bongtu piryohasimnikka?
    A: “Hello, would you like to have a plastic bag?”

    B: 안녕하세요, 아니요 괜찮아요.
    B: Annyeonghaseyo, aniyo gwaenchanayo.
    B: “Hello, no thank you.”

    3- 안녕하십니까 (Annyeonghasimnikka) — “Hello” (Formal, showing great respect)

    안녕하십니까 (Annyeonghasimnikka) isn’t commonly used on a daily basis. However, if you work in Korea, you’ll notice that people use this formal greeting everyday. This formal Korean greeting is commonly used in a business setting.

    Also, people who are serving in the military in Korea use this formal greeting every day, as they must use formal language.

    Example: (A visits B’s office and they meet for the first time)

    ※ Click on a word for pronunciation

    A: 안녕하십니까, 처음 뵙겠습니다. 마케팅 팀장 존이라고 합니다.
    A: Annyeonghasimnikka, Cheoeum Boepgetseumnida. Maketing Timjang Jonirago Hamnida.
    A: “How do you do, I’m John, the manager of Marketing team.”

    B: 반갑습니다. 세일즈팀 팀장 이민호라고 합니다.
    B: Bangapseumnida. Seiljeutim Timjang Iminhorago Hamnida.
    B: “It’s a pleasure to meet you. I’m Lee Minho, the manager of Sales team.”

    Korean Greetings

    4- 안뇽 (Annyong); 하이 (Hai) — “Hello” (Slang words)

    There are many ways to greet a friend in Korean while in South Korea, and this includes slang words, such as Annyong and Hai. 안뇽 (Annyong) is a slang word used to greet someone casually, and is usually used by women since it sounds feminine. 하이 (Hai), direct translation being “Hello” in English, is also a casual way to greet a friend.

    You’ll hear these two greetings a lot in South Korea. In addition, Koreans also use other slang words such as 하이룽 (Hairung), 방가방가 (Banggabangga), and many more. Please note that you don’t need to memorize all the slang words to say hello in Korean. KoreanClass101 has a lesson that covers Korean slang words, so feel free to check it out.

    Example: (A returns home from a trip and greets B who is her close friend)

    ※ Click on a word for pronunciation

    A: 안뇽, 나 왔어.
    A: Annyong, Na Wasseo.
    A: “Hey, I’m home.”

    B: 하이, 잘 갔다 왔어?
    B: Hai, Jal gatda Wasseo?
    B: “Hi, did you have fun?”

    Meeting Someone For The First Time

    2. Meeting Someone for the First Time

    When you meet someone for the first time, you need to be able to use appropriate Korean greeting phrases. You can definitely use one of the four must-know greetings mentioned above to greet someone depending on the age of the person you’re talking to, and the situation you’re in. Let’s learn what you can say after using these basic greetings to continue a conversation with this person.

    1- 만나서 반가워 (mannaseo bangawo) (Informal); 만나서 반갑습니다 (mannaseo bangapseumnida) (Formal)

    In English, this phrase is “Nice to meet you.”

    Example:

    ※ Click on a word for pronunciation

    안녕, 만나서 반가워.
    안녕하세요, 만나서 반갑습니다.

    2- 처음 뵙겠습니다. (cheoeum boepgetseumnida.) (Formal)

    This is another way to say, “Nice to meet you,” in Korean, and the direct translation is “I am meeting you for the first time.” Remember that there’s no informal phrase for 처음 뵙겠습니다. (cheoeum boepgetseumnida.); this phrase is usually used to greet elders or for a more formal setting.

    If you meet a person who’s older than you or who you met in a business setting, use this phrase instead of 처음 뵙겠습니다. (cheoeum boepgetseumnida.). Usually, (저는)000입니다 follows this phrase.

    Example:

    A: 처음 뵙겠습니다. 박소연입니다.
    A: cheoeum boepgetseumnida. baksoyeonimnida.
    A: “Nice to meet you. I’m Park Soyeon.”

    3- 잘 부탁해 (jal butakae) (Informal); 잘 부탁드립니다. (jal butakdeurimnida) (Formal)

    Many Korean learners become bewildered when they hear this phrase, because it sounds like the speaker is putting some pressure on the listener. This is because the literal translation is “Please take good care of me (or implied person).” However, this phrase actually has a slightly different meaning than what it first seems to mean.

    The classical example of when to use this Korean greeting would be when a new employee starts his new job. On his first day, he closes his self-introduction with 잘 부탁드립니다. (jal butakdeurimnida). This doesn’t mean, “It’s my first day, so please take good care of me.” On the contrary, this is generally a way of saying, “I look forward to working with you,” or “I will do my best,” to his employees. Essentially, it’s an informal way to say 잘 부탁해 (jal butakae).

    Example: (A and B are starting their jobs today)

    A: 안녕하세요, 오늘부터 일하게 된 제이슨이라고 합니다. 잘 부탁드립니다.
    A: annyeonghaseyo, oneulbuteo ilhage doen jeiseunirago hamnida. Jal butakdeurimnida.
    A: “Hello, this is my first day at work and I am Jason. I am looking forward to working with you.”

    B: 안녕하세요, 오늘부터 아르바이트 시작하게 된 브라이언이라고 합니다. 잘 부탁드립니다.
    B: annyeonghaseyo, oneulbuteo areubaiteu sijakage doen beuraieonirago hamnida. Jal butakdeurimnida.
    B: “Hello, this is my first day for my part-time job and I am Brian. I look forward to working with you.”

    4- 저는 ~에서 온 A이라고 합니다.

    In English, this is “I am A, from ~.” This Korean greeting phrase is commonly used to greet someone for the first time and when introducing yourself. Examples are written below.

    Example:

    A: 안녕하세요, 저는 미국에서 온 앨리스라고 합니다. 잘 부탁드립니다. (Formal)
    A: annyeonghaseyo, jeoneun migugeseo on aelliseurago hamnida. Jal butakdeurimnida.
    A: “Hello, my name is Alice, from America. I look forward to working with you.”

    B: 안녕, 나는 서울대학교에서 온 김나영이라고 해. 잘 부탁해. (Informal)
    B: annyeong, naneunseouldaehakgyoeseo on gimnayeongirago hae. Jalbutakae.
    B: “Hi, I am Kim Nayoung, from Seoul University. I look forward to studying with you.”

    There are many ways to say, “My name is…” in Korean including:

    • (저의 이름은) A(이)라고 합니다. (Formal)
      (jeoui ireumeun) A(i)rago hamnida.
    • (저의 이름은) A입니다. (Formal)
      (jeoui ireumeun) A imnida.
    • (나의 이름은) A(이)라고 해 (Informal)
      (naui ireumeun) A(i)rago hae
    • A(이)야 (Informal)
      A(i)ya

    In spoken language, we usually skip 나의 이름은/저의 이름은. This is the same as discarding “My name is” when introducing yourself in English.

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    3. How to Say “How Are You?” in Korean

    There is a number of ways to say “How are you?” in Korean and each phrase has a slightly different meaning, so let’s go through them one-by-one and learn an appropriate situation to say each of these Korean greetings.

    1- How are You Doing?

    • 잘 지냈어? (jal jinaesseo?) (Informal)
    • 잘 지내셨어요? (jal jinaesyeosseoyo?) (Formal)

    This is the most-used “How are you?” phrase in Korea. It’s a simple and casual greeting and is a great way to start a conversation. Usually Koreans say 안녕 (Annyeong) or 안녕하세요 (Annyeonghaseyo), followed by 잘 지냈어? (jal jinaesseo?) or 잘 지내셨어요? (jal jinaesyeosseoyo?), so try to memorize it as a full sentence.

    Example: (A and B are friends and A is younger than B)

    A: 안녕하세요, 잘 지내셨어요? (Formal)
    A: annyeonghaseyo, jal jinaesyeosseoyo?
    A: “Hello, how are you doing?”

    B: 어, 안녕. (진짜 오랜만이다.) 잘 지냈어?
    B: eo, annyeong. (jinjja oraenmanida.) jal jinaesseo?
    B: “Ah, hey. (Long time, no see.) How are you?”

    2- What are You Doing These Days?

    • 뭐하고 지내? (mwohago jinae?) (Informal)
    • 어떻게 지내세요? (eotteoke jinaeseyo?) (Formal)

    These phrases are used if you haven’t met with someone in a few days or more. If you’re curious to know what the person has been up to lately, use this phrase. Often they’ll talk about a current activity they’re doing, such as a new hobby or a project that the person has been working on at work lately.

    Example: (A and B are friends; C and D are colleagues)

    A: 요즘 뭐하고 지내?
    A: Yojeum mwohago jinae?
    A: “What are you doing these days?”

    B: 나? 나야 뭐 항상 똑같지뭐.
    B: Na? Naya mwo hangsang ttokgatjimwo.
    B: “Me? It’s always the same.”

    C: 요즘 어떻게 지내세요?
    C: yojeum eotteoke jinaeseyo?
    C: “What are you doing these days?”

    D: 최근에 새로 시작한 마케팅 캠페인 때문에 정신이 없어요.
    D: choegeune saero sijakan maketing kaempein ttaemune jeongsini eopseoyo.
    D: “I have been really busy since I’ve just started working on a marketing campaign.”

    3- What Have You Been Up To?

    • 뭐하고 지냈어? (mwohago jinaesseo?) (Informal)
    • 어떻게 지내셨어요? (eotteoke jinaesyeosseoyo?) (Formal)

    Use these phrases if you haven’t seen someone for a long time (e.g. one year or more), and want to know everything about what that person has been up to. It’s a great Korean greeting phrase to use to catch up with someone.

    Example:

    A: 뭐하고 지냈어?
    A: mwohago jinaesseo?
    A: “What have you been up to?”

    B: 음.. 사실 남자친구랑 헤어져서 맨날 집에서 시간 보내고 있어.
    B: eum… sasil namjachingurang heeojyeoseo maennal jibeseo sigan bonaego isseo.
    B: “Hmm… Actually I broke up with my ex-boyfriend so I have been just staying home.”

    4- Long Time, No See

    • 진짜 오랜만이다. (jinjja oraenmanida.) (Informal)
    • 정말 오랜만이에요. (jeongmal oraenmanieyo.) (Formal)

    Use this Korean phrase when you meet someone whom you haven’t met with for a long time and want to express how excited you are to meet them again.

    Example: (A and B are friends; C and D are colleagues)

    A: 우와, 진짜 오랜만이다.
    A: uwa, jinjja oraenmanida.
    A: “Wow, long time no see.”

    B: 하하, 정말 반갑다야.
    B: haha, jeongmal bangapdaya.
    B: “Haha, it’s really nice to meet you again.”

    C: 진짜 오랜만이에요. 잘 지내셨어요?
    C: jinjja oraenmanieyo. Jal jinaesyeosseoyo?
    C: “It’s been awhile, how are you doing?”

    D: 응, 그럼. 잘 지내고 있지.
    D: eung, geureom. Jal jinaego itji.
    D: “Yes I am doing well.”

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    4. How to Say “Good morning” in Korean

    1- Good Morning

    • 좋은 아침이에요. (joeun achimieyo) (Formal)
    • 좋은 아침 (joeun achim) (Informal)
    • 굿모닝 (gunmoning) (Informal and casual greeting)
    Example:

    A: 좋은 아침!
    A: joeun achim!
    A: “Good morning!”

    B: 굿모닝, 잘잤어?
    B: gunmoning, jaljasseo?
    B: “Good morning, did you sleep well?”

    2- Did You Sleep Well?

    • 안녕히 주무셨어요? (annyeonghi jumusyeosseoyo?) (Formal)
    • 잘 잤어? (jal jasseo?) (Informal)
    Example:
    • 할머니, 안녕히 주무셨어요? (Formal)
      halmeoni, annyeonghi jumusyeosseoyo?
      “Grandmother, did you sleep well?”
    • 소연아 잘 잤어? (Informal)
      soyeona jal jasseo?
      “Did you sleep well, Soyeon?”

    5. How to Say “Good Night” in Korean

    1- Have a Good Sleep

    • 안녕히 주무세요. (annyeonghi jumuseyo.) (Formal)
    • 잘자 (jalja) (Informal)

    안녕히 주무세요. (annyeonghi jumuseyo.) is a formal greeting to say “Good night” in Korean. Also, remember that bowing is very important in Korea. The appropriate way to say good night to the elders is to bow and say the greeting.

    On the other hand, when you say good night to your friend, you don’t need to bow. Instead, you can just wave your hand or nod once at your friend. The gesture of nodding is a very common body language greeting among friends in Korea; just think of it as a casual way of bowing.

    Example:

    A: 너무 피곤해서 자야할 것 같습니다. 안녕히 주무세요. (Bow)
    A: neomu pigonhaeseo jayahal geot gatseumnida. annyeonghi jumuseyo.
    A: “I am exhausted, I think I should go to bed. Good night.”

    B: 알겠어요. 푹 쉬세요.
    B: algesseoyo. puk swiseyo.
    B: “I understand, rest well.”

    2- Good night

    • 굿나잇 (gunnait) (Informal and casual friendly greeting)
    • 굿밤 (gutbam) (Slang)

    Simple English phrases are commonly used among younger people. Also, 굿밤 (gutbam) is a slang word that’s also used commonly by younger people as well.

    Phone Call

    6. How to Greet on the Phone

    1- 여보세요. (yeoboseyo.)

    This Korean greeting is to say “hello” when answering the phone. You’ll hear this all the time when you call someone on the phone. However, in a business setting, people usually address the name of the company, then the name. 여보세요. (yeoboseyo.) is rarely used in a business setting.

    여보세요. (yeoboseyo.) also has another meaning; it’s used when you’re trying to get the attention of someone. However, it does portray a negative connotation, so try not to use this unless you want to initiate an argument.

    Example: (A and B are friends; D is calling his friend and his mother, C, picked up the phone)

    A: 여보세요.
    A: yeoboseyo.
    A: “Hello.”

    B: 뭐해?
    B: mwohae?
    B: “What are you up to?”

    C: 여보세요.
    C: yeoboseyo.
    C: “Hello.”

    D: 안녕하세요, 지연이 친구인데요, 지연이 바꿔주실 수 있으세요?
    D: annyeonghaseyo, jiyeoni chinguindeyo, jiyeoni bakkwojusil su isseuseyo?
    D: “Hello, I’m a friend of Jiyeon, could you please put me through to Jiyeon?”

    2- ~때문에 연락 드렸습니다. (~ttaemune yeollak deuryeotseumnida.) (Formal)

    This Korean greeting phrase for answering the phone is usually used right after 안녕하세요 (Annyeonghaseyo) or 여보세요. (yeoboseyo.). It’s commonly used in a business setting. If you want to sound formal, you can say, 안녕하세요 (Annyeonghaseyo), ~때문에 연락 드렸습니다. (~ttaemune yeollak deuryeotseumnida.).

    Also, you can use this phrase in any formal situation. If you want to sound less formal and more friendly with a casual phrase—let’s say you’re calling your friend—there’s an informal Korean phrase to use, which is ~때문에 전화했어. (~ttaemune jeonhwahaesseo). Note that you can only use a noun in front of ~때문에 (~ttaemune).

    Example:

    안녕하세요, 광고비 결제 때문에 연락드렸습니다.
    annyeonghaseyo, gwanggobi gyeolje ttaemune yeollakdeuryeotseumnida.
    “Hello, I am calling you because of the advertising fee.”

    7. A Little Something Extra…

    1- How to Say Hello in Korean Sign Language

    Sign language is a visual language that uses hand shapes, gestures, and body language to communicate with deaf people. For an additional fun way to learn the Korean language, this video demonstrates the Korean sign language way of saying “Hello” and “Nice to meet you.”

    2- North Korean Dialect: How to Say Hello

    South and North Korea speak the same language, but as time went on by, the language also evolved. Many words are spoken differently and with a different flow between the two Koreas. For those of you who are interested to know how to say hello in North Korean, it’s 동무들 반갑습니다. (Dongmudeul bangapseumnida.).

    8. Let’s Test Your Korean Greeting Skills!

    Let’s test your Korean greeting skills. We’ve prepared three questions for you. Try to solve each question with the knowledge you’ve gained from this Korean greetings guide.

    Question 1:

    You’re at a department store, trying to buy nice furniture. A staff member approaches and greets you. How would you respond?

    스태프: 손님, 안녕하십니까, 무엇을 도와드릴까요?
    seutaepeu: sonnim, annyeonghasimnikka, mueoseul dowadeurilkkayo?
    Staff: Hello, how may I help you?
    You: _____________, 가구를 보고 있어요.
    You: _____________, gagureul bogo isseoyo.
    You: “ _____________, I am looking for a furniture.”

    A. 안녕 (annyeong)
    B. 하이룽 (hairung)
    C. 안녕하세요 (annyeonghaseyo)
    D. 여보세요 (yeoboseyo)

    Question 2:

    You’re a marketing manager. You’ve received an important email from KoreanClass101 and want to ask a few questions after reading it.

    김유진: 네, 코리안클래스101의 김유진입니다.
    Kim Yujin: ne, koriankeullaeseu101ui gimyujinimnida.
    Kim Yujin: “This is Kim Yujin, from KoreanClass101.”
    You: _________________________________.

    A. 여보세요, 저 수지인데요, 지민이 바꿔주시면 안될까요?
    (yeoboseyo, jeo sujiindeyo, jimini bakkwojusimyeon andoelkkayo?)
    B. 안녕하세요, 금일 보내주신 이메일을 읽고 연락 드렸습니다.
    (annyeonghaseyo, geumil bonaejusin imeireul ilgo yeollak deuryeotseumnida.)
    C. 동무들 반갑습니다.
    (dongmudeul bangapseumnida.)
    D. 어, 나야 이메일 읽고 연락했어.
    (eo, naya imeil ilgo yeollakaesseo.)

    Question 3:

    You ran into an old friend that you haven’t seen for more than ten years.

    A: 어머, 진짜 오랜만이다. 잘 지냈어?
    A: eomeo, jinjja oraenmanida. Jal jinaesseo?
    A: “Oh my goodness, long time no see. What have you been up to?”

    B: ________________, 응 나야 잘 지냈지.
    B: ________________, eung naya jal jinaetji.
    B: “________________, yea I’ve been great.”

    A. 정말 오랜만입니다.
    (jeongmal oraenmanimnida.)
    B. 잘 주무셨어요?
    (jal jumusyeosseoyo?)
    C. 진짜 오랜만이다.
    (jinjja oraenmanida.)

    Answers:

    1. C
    2. B
    3. C

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    9. How KoreanClass101 Can Help You with Korean

    We hope you found this article very educational. KoreanClass101 has many free lessons for you to improve your Korean. If you want to learn how to say not only hello, but also goodbye at your workplace, we have a lesson for you, so feel free to check it out.

    If you want to review how to say hello with a native Korean speaker, we have a lesson called 10 Ways to Say Hello as well. Also feel free to use Korean Resources on our website to study Korean at your own pace. Good luck with studying Korean. Now get out there and start putting your newfound Korean greeting knowledge to good use!

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    The 6 Dialects of South Korea and Ways to Distinguish

    Depending on where you’re from in South Korea, people speak with a different accent. This is called 방언 (bangeon) or 사투리 (saturi) in Korean. Also, the Korean language that you learn is standard Korean language, which is the Gyeonggi dialect. We won’t go into too much detail about how Gyeonggi dialect and the standard Korean language differ, since this is a very complicated topic. Instead, we’re going to introduce something more interesting; we’re going to introduce six different dialects in South Korea and how you can distinguish between them.

    The important message to you is that we don’t expect you to memorize the different dialect usage. Just note that there are different dialects in South Korea and that they sound different. Once you know these dialects, your trip will be more interesting since you’ll be able to recognize the different sounds and accents.

    Table of Contents

    1. 경기 방언 (Gyeonggi dialect)
    2. 강원 방언 (Gangwon dialect)
    3. 충청 방언 (Chungcheong dialect)
    4. 경상 방언 (Gyeongsang dialect)
    5. 전라도 방언 (Jeollado dialect)
    6. 제주 방언 (Jeju dialect)

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    1. 경기 방언 (Gyeonggi dialect)

    Seoul

    경기 방언 (gyeonggi bangeon), or the Gyeonggi dialect, is used in a number of areas in South Korea and is concentrated in Seoul and Incheon. This dialect is the standard language that you’ll learn when you study Korean, and it’s used in most of the TV shows, radio stations, news channels, and so on. Everyone in Korea will understand this dialect, even if the person whom you’re speaking to uses a different dialect.

    Let’s listen to 경기방언: Just to give you an idea of what the gyeonggi dialect (a.k.a. Seoul dialect) sounds like, you can watch this video.

    1- Characteristics of Gyeonggi dialect:

    1 - They change ㅗ sounds to ㅜ
    Example:

    • 먹고 싶다 (meokgo sipda) or “I want to eat” -> 먹구 싶다 (meokgu sipda) or “I want to eat”
    • ~하기도 하다 (~hagido hada) or “sometimes I~” -> 하기두 하다 (~hagidu hada) or “sometimes I~”

    2 - You add an extra consonant such as ㄹ to a word
    Example:

    • 이거로 (igeoro) or “this one” -> 이걸로 or 이걸루 (igeollo or igeollu) meaning “this one”

    2. 강원 방언 (Gangwon dialect)

    Korean Flag

    강원 방언 (Gangwon dialect) is spoken in 강원 (Gangwon) which is located in Northeast South Korea. This place is famous for having many mountains and forests. Also, the Pyeongchang Olympic was hosted in this province in 2018.

    Let’s listen to 강원 방언 (Gangwon dialect): Pay attention to the grandmother in this video, as she speaks with a very strong 강원 (gangwon) dialect.

    1- Characteristics of 강원 방언 (Gangwon dialect):

    1 - They pronounce ㅆ as ㅅ
    Example:

    • 쌀 (ssal) meaning “rice” -> 살 (sal)
    • 싸움 (ssaum) meaning “fight” -> 사움 (saum)
    • 쓰레기 (sseuregi) -> 스레기 (seuregi)

    2- They changeㅏ to ㅓ at the end of a sentence
    Example:

    • 합시다 (hapsida) meaning “let’s do this” -> 합시더 (hapsideo)
    • 남자 (namja) meaning “man” -> 머스마 (meoseuma)

    3 - They use various words at the end of a question, such as -나, -노, -고, -가, and so on
    Example:

    • 비 와? (bi wa?) meaning “is it raining?” -> 비오나? (biona?)
    • 누구 책이야? (nugu chaegiya?) meaning “whose book is it?” -> 누 책인고? (nu chaegingo?)
    • 어디가? (eodiga?) meaning “where are you going?” -> 어데 가노? (eode gano?)

    2- Example of 강원 방언 (Gangwon dialect):

    강원방언 (Gangwon dialect) is underlined in these example sentences.

    • 여러분께 알려드립니다.
      yeoreobunkke allyeodeurimnida.
      “I would like to make an announcement to you.”
      여러분들인데 알코 디레요. (yeoreobundeurinde alko direyo.)
    • 큰일났어요.
      keunillasseoyo.
      “We have a problem.”
      클나싸요. (keullassayo.)
    • 어디 계십니까?
      eodi gyesimnikka?
      “Where are you?” (honorific expression)
      어데 간? (eode gan?)
    • 그것은 무엇입니가?
      geugeoseun mueosimniga?
      “What is this?”
      그건 머인? (geugeon meoin?)
    • 지금까지 잤어?
      jigeumkkaji jasseo?
      “You slept until now?”
      여적 잔? (yeojeok jan?)
    • 저기 있는 저 아이는 누구입니까?
      jeogi inneun jeo aineun nuguimnikka?
      “Who is the child over there?”
      쟈는 누꼬? (jyaneun nukko?)
    • 어머, 어떡하면 좋아!
      eomeo, eottekhamyeon joa!
      “Oh my goodness, what should I do!”
      우아노! (uano!)

    3. 충청 방언 (Chungcheong dialect)

    Korean Alphabet

    The 충청 방언 (Chungcheong dialect) is commonly used in many regions of South Korea, mainly concentrated in 충청북도 and 충청남도, which are both located right below 서울 경기도.

    Let’s listen to 충청 방언 (Chungcheong dialects): Are you interested in what 충청 방언 sounds like? Listen to the dialogue of these two MCs in this video. The lady in the red dress speaks the standard Korean language and the man on the left speaks with a very strong 충청 방언 (Chungcheong dialect).

    1- Characteristics of 충청 방언 (Chungcheong dialects)

    1 - If the last word of the sentence ends with ㅐ or ㅔ, it changes to ㅑ
    Example:

    • 피곤해 (pigonhae) meaning “I feel tired” -> 피곤햐 (pigonhya)
    • 뱀 (baem) meaning “snake” -> 뱜 (byam)
    • 뱀에게 물렸대 (baemege mullyeotdae) meaning “someone was beaten by a snake” -> 뱜한태 물렸댜 (byamhantae mullyeotdya)

    2 - If the last word of a sentence ends with 야, it changes to 여
    Example:

    • 아니야 (aniya) meaning “be not” -> 아니여 (aniyeo)
    • 뭐야? (mwoya?) meaning “what is it?” -> 뭐여 (mwoyeo)

    2- Example of 충청 방언 (Chungcheong dialects)

    Let’s look at some more examples. (We underlined the Chungcheong dialect examples for you.)

    학교에서 (hakgyoeseo) “at school”
    A: 왜그래 뭐 화나는 일 있어?
    A: waegeurae mwo hwananeun il isseo?
    A: “What’s the matter?”
    A: 왜 그랴? 뭐 씅깔나는일 있어? (wae geurya? mwo sseungkkallaneunil isseo?)

    B: 아침에 버스 놓쳐서 택시타고 왔어
    B: achime beoseu nochyeoseo taeksitago wasseo.
    B: “Yeah, I missed the bus so I took a taxi this morning.”
    B: 어, 아침에 버스 뼈서 택시타고 왔어. (eo, achime beoseu ppyeoseo taeksitago wasseo.)

    A: 근데 태산이는?
    A: geunde taesanineun?
    A: “But where is Taesan?”
    A: 근데 태산이는? (geunde taesanineun?)

    B: 응, 머리에 돌 맞아서 입원했대.
    B: eung, meorie dol majaseo ibwonhaetdae.
    B: “Yeah, he was hospitalized because he was hit by a stone on his head.”
    B: 응, 대굼빡에 독짝 맞아서 입원했댜. (eung, daegumppage dokjjak majaseo ibwonhaetdya.)

    A: 그래?
    A: geurae?
    A: “Really?”
    A: 기여? (giyeo?)

    4. 경상 방언 (Gyeongsang dialect)

    Busan

    The 경상 방언 (Gyeongsang dialect) is commonly used in the Gyeongsang region of South Korea. Cities that use this dialect are Busan, Daegu, and Ulsan.

    Let’s listen to 경상 방언 (Gyeongsang dialect): Watch this video of two people with different dialects. The guy on the left speaks 경기 방언 (gyeonggi bangeon) or the “Gyeonggi dialect” and the lady on the right speaks with the 전라 방언 (Jeolla dialect). Can you hear the difference?

    1- Characteristics of 경상 방언 (Gyeongsang dialect)

    1 - There are a number of words that they change:

    • 으 becomes 어
    • 의 becomes 에
    • 그 becomes 거
    • ㅚ becomes ㅐ
    • ㅟ becomesㅣor ㅡ

    Example:

    • 저쪽 위에 있다. (jeojjok wie itda.) meaning “It’s over there.” -> 저짜 우에 있데이. (jeojja ue itdei.)
    • 왜 안 되냐? (wae an doenya?) meaning “Why can’t I?” -> 와 안대노? (wa andaeno?)
    • 뒤에 있다. (dwie itda.) meaning “It is behind you.” -> 디에 있다. (die itda.)

    2 - They shorten sentences
    Example:

    • 뭐라고 했니? (mworago haenni?) meaning “What did you say?” -> 뭐라카노? (mworakano?)
    • 왜 그러십니까? (wae geureosimnikka?) meaning “Why?” -> 와 그라노? (wa geurano?)
    • 가 버려라 (ga beoryeora) meaning “go away” -> 가뿌라 (gappura)

    3 - Sentences that end with ~다 become ~데이
    Example:

    • 같이 합시다. (gachi hapsida.) meaning “Let’s go together.” -> 같이 합시데이. (gachi hapsidei.)
    • 내가 왔다. (naega watda.) meaning “I am here” -> 내가 왔데이. (naega watdei.)

    4 - Interrogative sentences that end with ~니 become ~나, ~노, ~고, or ~가
    Example:

    비 오니? (bi oni?) meaning “Is it raining?” -> 비 오나? (bi ona?)
    누구 책이니? (nugu chaegini?) meaning “Whose book is it?” -> 누 책이고? (nu chaegigo?)
    어디 가니? (eodi gani?) meaning “Where are you going?” -> 어데 가노? (eode gano?)

    2- Example of 경상 방언 (Gyeongsang dialect)

    Let’s look at some more examples. (We underlined the Gyeongsang dialect examples for you.)

    • 아이구 셔
      aigu syeo
      “How sour it is”
      아구 샤구랍어래이~ (agu syagurabeoraei~)
    • 제대로 해라.
      jedaero haera.
      “Do it properly.”
      단디 해라이. (dandi haerai.)
    • 괜히 이렇게 해놨네
      gwaenhi ireoke haenwanne
      “I should not have done like this”
      맥지 이캐놨네 (maekji ikaenwanne)

    5. 전라도 방언 (Jeollado dialect)

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    Let’s listen to 전라도 방언 (Jeollado bangeon): This is a commercial video aired in South Korea. Listen to the lady in this video; she speaks with a Jeollado dialect.

    1- Characteristics of 전라 방언 (jeolla bangeon)

    1 - They add ~잉, ~부러, ~ 쟤, and so on, at the end of a sentence
    Example:

    • 그렇습니다.
      geureoseumnida.
      “Yes it is.”
      그라죠잉~ (geurajyoing~)
    • 추천을 하세요
      chucheoneul haseyo
      “Recommend”
      추천 하쇼잉! (chucheon hasyoing!)

    2 - They have many exclamatory expressions

    • 어머 -> 오메. 왐마
    • 저기요 -> 아야
    • 어떻하지 -> 어찌아스까나
    • 그래서 -> 근디

    3 - They use 거시기 (“thing”) a lot
    Example:

    • 아 왜 그 왜 있잖아. 그 아이의 이름이 기억나지가 않아…..
      “You know that person. I can’t remember the name of that person.”

      내가 어제 거시기랑 거시가 하다가 가 거시기한데 거시기했는데
      naega eoje geosigirang geosiga hadaga ga geosigihande geosigihaenneunde
      아따 거 머시기 있냐, 그놈아 이름이 기억이 안나부러….
      atta geo meosigi innya, geunoma ireumi gieogi annabureo….

    2- Example of 전라 방언 (jeolla bangeon)

    Here, as always, the jeolla bangeon is underlined in the examples below.

    • 너 그거 좀 버리지 않을래?
      neo geugeo jom beoriji aneullae?
      “Can you throw this away?”
      너 그것좀 찌끄라뿌러야? (neo geugeotjom jjikkeurappureoya?)
    • 지금 당장
      jigeum dangjang
      “Immediately”
      시방 (sibang)
    • 빨리
      ppalli
      “Quickly”
      아따 싸게싸게 댕겨오쇼 (atta ssagessage daenggyeoosyo)
    • 조금 (jogeum)
      “A little of”
      쪼깨 (jjokkae)

    6. 제주 방언 (Jeju dialect)

    Jeju

    제주 방언 (jeju bangeon) meaning “Jeju dialect” is only spoken on the Jeju Island. Jeju Island is located in the southwest coast of South Korea and takes about 45 minutes to travel to from Seoul by an airplane. The Jeju dialect is one of the most difficult dialects to understand in South Korea, because they have their own language. Therefore, Koreans from different regions have difficulties trying to understand Jeju dialect.

    Let’s listen to 제주 방언 (Jeju bangeon): Have a listen to this conversation between these two males in this video. It’s about a miscommunication between Jeju local and non-Jeju local at a military base, and you’ll be able to distinguish who’s from Jeju instantly, by listening to the conversation.

    1- Characteristics of 제주 방언 (Jeju bangeon):

    If you want to know how the Jeju dialect is different from the standard language, here’s an explanation of characteristics of the Jeju dialect.

    1 - Jeju dialect is perhaps the most difficult dialect in South Korea, since it has its own language
    Example:

    • 어서 오십시오 (eoseo osipsio) meaning “Welcome to” -> 혼저 옵서 (honjeo opseo).
    • 와서 보고 가세요 (waseo bogo gaseyo) meaning “Please come and have a look” -> 왕 봥 갑서 (wang bwang gapseo)

    * You will see a message saying 혼저 옵서 (honjeo opseo) on the wall when you land in the Jeju airport, so pay close attention to it next time you’re traveling to Jeju Island.

    2 - They tend to combine words at the end of a sentence
    In Jeju, they combine the last two words, so instead of ~었니, it becomes ~먹언.
    Example:

    • 밥 먹었니? Meaning “Did you have some food?” -> 밥 먹언?
    • 이거 했어? -> 이거 핸?
    • 알았어 -> 알안

    2- Example of 제주 방언 (Jeju dialects)

    Here are some examples of the Jeju dialect, compared to the standard. The Jeju examples are underlined.

    • 여기서 서울에 전화할 수 있지요?
      yeogiseo seoure jeonhwahal su itjiyo?
      “Can I call Seoul from here?”
      여기서 서울더레 해집주양? (yeogiseo seouldeore haejipjuyang?)
    • 어디서 오셨습니까?
      eodiseo osyeotseumnikka?
      “Where are you from?”
      어디서 옵데가? (eodiseo opdega?)
    • 조금만 계십시오.
      jogeumman gyesipsio.
      “Please wait a moment.”
      호꼼만 이십서게. (hokkomman isipseoge.)
    • 차를 타고 가세요.
      chareul tago gaseyo.
      “Go there by car.”
      차탕갑서 (chatanggapseo)
    • 오천 원입니다.
      ocheon wonimnida.
      “It is 5,000 won.”
      오천 원마씀. (ocheon wonmasseum.)
    • 어제 영화 뭐 봤어?
      “What movie did you watch?”
      제 영화 뭐 봔?

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    Lastly, let’s compare dialects!

    Dialect “Welcome” “Grandmother”
    경기도
    (gyeonggido)
    어서오세요.
    (eoseooseyo.)
    할머니
    (halmeoni)
    강원도
    (gangwondo)
    어여 오드래요.
    (eoyeoodeuraeyo.)
    할머이
    (halmeoi)
    충청도
    (chungcheongdo)
    빨리 와유.
    (ppalli wayu.)
    할매
    (halmae)
    경상도
    (gyeongsangdo)
    퍼뜩 오이소.
    (peotteuk oiso.)
    할무이
    (halmui)
    전라도
    (jeollado)
    언능 오랑께요.
    (eonneung orangkkeyo.)
    할매
    (halmae)
    제주도
    (jejudo)
    혼저 옵서예.
    (honjeo opseoye.)
    할망
    (halmang)
    Dialect “Mother” “I am sorry”
    경기도
    (gyeonggido)
    어머니
    (eomeoni)
    죄송합니다.
    (joesonghamnida.)
    강원도
    (gangwondo)
    어머이
    (eomeoi)
    미안 하우다.
    (mian hauda.)
    충청도
    (chungcheongdo)
    엄니
    (eomni)
    죄송해유.
    (joesonghaeyu.)
    경상도
    (gyeongsangdo)
    어무이
    (eomui)
    죄송합니데이.
    (joesonghamnidei.)
    전라도
    (jeollado)
    어머이
    (eomeoi)
    죄송혀라.
    (joesonghyeora.)
    제주도
    (jejudo)
    어멍
    (eomeong)
    죄송허우다.
    (joesongheouda.)


    In summary, we had a look at six different dialects in South Korea. The fact is, South Korea has more than six dialects. What we introduced today in this article are the most famous dialects in Korea. Since you learned how to distinguish each dialect, you’ll be able to spot the different dialects next time you watch a Korean drama or movie!

    In addition, KoreanClass101 has many study materials that you can download for free. Also, have you come across any Korean words that you don’t know? Look them up in the KoreanClass101 dictionary with free audio for you to practice pronunciation! We’re here to help you improve your Korean, so feel free to use our website anytime.

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    Korean Cosmetics Guide: Best Shopping Tips & Beauty Secrets

    When you go shopping in Myeongdong, Dongdaemoon, or other areas, you will be overwhelmed by the many Korean cosmetic brands that offer unique products that you don’t often see in other countries. One of the benefits of purchasing Korean cosmetics in South Korea is that people are able to find many alternatives to high-demand cosmetics, products that function similarly but also cost a lot less, therefore you can easily stock up your makeup box!

    This blog will include Korean makeup trends and famous Korean beauty YouTubers that will teach you some tips about Korean makeup styles, tips on how to know when the shops have sales, and useful Korean vocabulary and phrases that you can instantly use when you go shopping in Korea.

    Cosmetics

    1. Korean Cosmetic Brands and Trends in South Korea

    Korean cosmetics were not popular a decade ago, however when BB cream was introduced worldwide, people started to be interested in Korean beauty products and they became popular. In 2018, the French cosmetic brand L`Oreal acquired one of the most popular Korean cosmetic brands called, 3CE (Stylenanda).

    Korean cosmetics are loved by many because they offer unique colors that you cannot find anywhere else in the world. These pigments, preferred in Korea, are suitable for everyday looks. Also, if you have tried some Korean cosmetics before, you have noticed that Korean beauty products such as lipsticks and eyeshadows are a lot more subtle and less pigmented than cosmetics from Western countries.

    Makeup

    1- Korean Makeup Trends

    There are many YouTube videos that compare makeup styles between Korea and America, or Korea and other countries. If you have watched them before, you probably know that Koreans prefer to have clean and flawless skin and go for natural looks.

    • Skin: In order to achieve a natural look, they apply foundation one or two tones lighter than their natural skin color.
    • Eyebrows: They prefer to have straight and thick eyebrows, in order to achieve a youthful look.
    • Eyeshadow: Very subtle and light pigmented eyeshadows are usually used.
    • Lips: Many Korean women wear vibrant red glossy lipstick and you will be amazed at how many different shades of red lipsticks there are in Korea! You can visit popular cosmetic stores such as Etude House, Missha, Skinfood and so on to have a look at different shades of red lipsticks!

    That being said, not all Koreans wear the same makeup style; celebrities with tanned skin and vivid makeup appear more often than before (eg. Jessie, Nada, Hwasa, Hyorin and so on).

    2- Popular Korean Beauty YouTubers

    If you want to learn more about Korean makeup, there are many famous YouTubers who offer free makeup tutorials so you will be able to learn about Korean beauty brands, cosmetic products and many beauty techniques that Koreans use daily. Famous Korean Youtubers include:

    3- Popular Korean Cosmetic Brands

    Here are a number of Korean cosmetic brands:

    4- Useful Korean Vocabulary for Cosmetics

    • BB 크림 (BB keurim) = “BB cream”
    • 파운데이션 (paundeisyeon) = “foundation”
    • 눈 화장 (nun hwajang) = “eyeshadow”
    • 워터 프루프 (Woteo peurupeu) = “waterproof”
    • 블러셔 (Beulleosyeo) = “blush”
    • 아이라이너 (airaineo) = “eyeliner”
    • 아이브로우 펜슬 (aibeurou penseul) = “eyebrow pencil”
    • 립스틱 (ripseutik) = “lipstick”
    • 아이섀도 (aisyaedo) = “eyeshadow”
    • 컨투어 (keontueo) = “contour”

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    Skin Products

    2. How Koreans Use Their Skin Products

    In Korea, applying skin lotion after washing isn’t enough. In fact, if you tell Koreans that you only apply lotion, they will be shocked. Usually a skin care routine starts from applying toners, eye cream, essences, serums or ampoules, then day or night cream. And it’s important to do facial masks at least 2-3 times a week in order to keep your skin flawless.

    When you go shopping in Korea, you can easily get the products as a set and the staff will be more than happy to explain to you what they are for and the steps you need to follow.

    1- The Secrets of Korean Skin Care

    Here are some secrets of how Koreans keep their skin always beautiful:

    1. Try to use an ice-cube to massage your face when you watch TV, this is one of the popular beauty tricks that Koreans do.
    2. Rubbing ice cubes on your face helps you to achieve that beautiful radiant glow. If you have time in the morning, try to use an ice cube to reduce swelling.
    3. A cream 황토마스크 (hwangtomaseukeu) “red clay mask” is a very popular facial mask in Korea. Unfortunately, this is difficult to find in stores, so you might need some help from local friends to find decent 황토마스크.

    2- Popular Ingredients for Skin Care Products

    Other popular ingredients for skin care products in Korea are:

    • 피그 콜라겐 (pigeu kollagen) = “pig collagen”
    • 치즈 크림 (chijeukeurim) = “cheese cream”
    • 연어 크림 (yeoneokeurim) = “salmon cream”
    • 달팽이 크림 (dalpaengikeurim) = “snail cream”
    • 홍삼 화장품 (hongsam hwajangpum) = “red ginseng cosmetic”
    • 젤리 크림 (jelli keurim) = “jelly cream”

    There are products that even use gold. Each product with unique active ingredients in Korean beauty products has a different smell and texture, so have fun trying them and don’t be scared to give it a try!

    3- Useful Korean Vocabulary for Skin Care Products

    • 마스크팩 (maseukeupaek) = “facial mask”
    • 스킨 (seukin) = “skin product”
    • 로션 (rosyeon) = “lotion”
    • 아이크림 (aikeurim) = eye cream
    • 립밤 (ripbam) = “lip balm”
    • 나이트 크림 (naiteu keurim) = “night cream”
    • 데이크림 (deikeurim) = “day cream”
    • 선크림 (seonkeurim) = “sunscreen”

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    Korean Beauty Products

    3. How to Purchase Korean Beauty Products for Cheap

    As mentioned above, if you cannot afford to buy high-end cosmetics, why not replace them with Korean cosmetic products? There are so many decent Korean beauty products that provide the similar effects and cost less than half the price of expensive beauty products. There are many ways that you can purchase Korean cosmetics at a cheap price and here are some tips to remember:

    1- Check Brand Websites for Upcoming Events

    Do you want to buy a cosmetic? Before purchasing it right away, try to visit the website of the brand to see if you can get more discounts or receive freebies. The website often provides upcoming sale events such as 1+1 event, 50% discount coupon, freebies and so on. Also, often Korean cosmetic brands release limited edition items that you can only purchase online. So check out their websites occasionally!

    2- Request Free Samples

    When you buy a number of beauty products in Korea, you will also receive many free samples to try at home. If you are at a Korean cosmetic store and want to try some products before purchasing them, simply request free samples from the staff. If you do not request them specifically, they will give you samples randomly. So if there are any particular products that you want, request them! Most of the time you will be able to get many different samples for different products. The good news is, they will give you more than enough for you to use them for a few weeks! You will be surprised how many free things you receive after purchasing cosmetics or skin products in Korea. Most likely you will receive a cosmetic pouch or shopping bag depending on the promotion that the company is doing.

    3- Register for a Membership Card (Only Korean Residents Can Do This)

    This may not apply to tourists, but if you are currently living in Korea, try to sign up for a membership at your favorite Korean cosmetic stores. You can sign up as you purchase the products at the counter and most of the time, you will receive instant 5 to 10% discounts. You’ll also get points which can be used just like money.

    Depending on the store, the registration process differs, as some stores may require you to give personal information such as your address and birthday, but most of the time the process is very easy, as you just need to give them your mobile number.

    4- Useful Korean Vocabularies and Phrases

    • 세일 기간 (seil gigan) = “sale period”
    • 할인 상품 (Harin sangpum) = “discount products”
    • 교환/반품불가(Gyohwan/banpumbulga) = “exchange/refund not allowed”
    • 샘플 많이 주세요. (Saempeul mani juseyo) = “Please give me many samples.”
    • 세일 중인 상품은 어디에 있나요? (Seil jungin sangpumeun eodie innayo?) = “Where are the products that are on sale?”
    • ~ 있어요? ( ~ isseoyo?) = “Do you have ~?”
    • ~ 주세요. (~ juseyo) = “Please give me ~.”
    • ~을(를) 찾고 있어요. (~eul(reul) chatgo isseoyo) = “I am looking for ~.”
    • 이것은 어떻게 사용하나요? (Igeoseun eotteoke sayonghanayo?) = “How do I use this?”
    • 어디에 바르는 화장품인가요? ( Eodie bareuneun hwajangpumingayo?) = “Where do I apply this cosmetic?”
    • 텍스프리 가맹점 (Tekseupeuri gamaengjeom) = “tax free affiliated store”
    • 택스 리펀드 (taekseu ripeondeu) = “tax refund”

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    4. How KoreanClass101 Can Help You Learn more Korean

    To sum up, we had a look at popular makeup trends, interesting facts about skin care products in Korea, and we also introduced tips on how to purchase your favorite Korean beauty products for a cheap price. Now, you are ready to go shopping in Korea!

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