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안녕하세요. (annyeonghaseyo)
Hello and welcome to Korean survival phrases brought to you by KoreanClass101.com, this course is designed to equip you with the language skills and knowledge to enable you to get the most out of your visit to Korea. You will be surprised at how far a little Korean will go. Now, before we jump in, remember to stop by KoreanClass101.com and there, you will find the accompanying PDF and additional info in the post. If you stop by, be sure to leave us the comment.
In today’s lesson, we will cover another extremely important phrase. Can you speak English? Using this phrase as opposed to speaking English at someone is important for many reasons. For one, if the party you are speaking to doesn’t understand English, at least, they will be able to understand what you are asking. It shows a lot of respect to show that you took the effort to learn even a little bit of the language and for these reasons and many more, we are going to cover this phrase.
In Korean, can you speak English is 영어 하세요 (yeongeo haseyo)? One time slowly, 영어 하세요 (yeongeo haseyo)? And now by syllable, 영어 하세요 (yeongeo haseyo)? The first word in the phrase is 영어 (yeongeo), which means English. So let’s listen to it slowly, 영어 (yeongeo). And now by syllable 영-어 (yeong-eo). The second part of the phrase literally translates into do as in you do, but remember, it doesn’t translate exactly. So in this case, it just means speak. The second part is, 하세요 (haseyo). One time slowly, 하세요(haseyo). And by syllable, 하-세-요 (ha-se-yo). Altogether, it’s English you do. It doesn’t really sound all that great in English but trust me, it works. So altogether, let’s do it one more time. 영어 하세요 (yeongeo haseyo)? Now-a-days, in Korea, English is studied at schools at a very, very young age, usually in nursery or maybe kindergarten.
So the number of speakers is increasing. However, there are still many, many people who don’t speak English but if you come across a younger person, they will probably be able to speak to some degree but to show respect, let’s learn this phrase.
Now, let’s go over a few more languages. Korean 한국어 (hangugeo). And now by syllable, 한-국-어 (han-gu-geo). Japanese 일본어 (il-bo-neo). One time slowly, 일본어 (ilboneo). And now by syllable, 일-본-어 (il-bo-neo). Now if you wanted to ask, can you speak Korean, just substitute Korean for English. Let’s try it out. 한국어 하세요 (hangegeo haseyo)? Notice how 하세요 (haseyo) stays the same and only the word or the language in the front changes.
Okay. To close our today’s lesson, we’d like for you to practice what you’ve learned. I will provide you with the English equivalent of the phrase and you are responsible for shouting it out loud. You will have a few seconds before I give you the answer. So 화이팅 (hwaiting)!
Do you speak English - 영어 하세요 (yeongeo haseyo)?
Do you speak Korean - 한국어 하세요? (hangugeo haseyo?)
All right, that’s going to do it for today. Remember to stop by KoreanClass101.com and pick up the accompanying PDF. If you stop by, be sure to leave us a comment.

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Wednesday at 6:30 pm
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Can you speak Korean? 한국어 하세요? :)

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Wednesday at 11:04 am
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Hi 아린,


Thank you for sharing with us! Please let us know if you have any questions.


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Lyn

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아린
Tuesday at 9:13 am
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한국어 공부가 재미있어요

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Wednesday at 9:40 pm
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Hi Amy,


Thanks for posting. Hope you have fun in Korea, enjoy the Olympics!


Cheers,

Lyn

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Amy
Tuesday at 8:32 am
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Thank for this lesson! 남편, 여동생 & I are going to Korea for the Winter Olympics. So excited! We strive to be polite guests while in country (강릉시 & 부천시).

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Thursday at 8:14 am
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Hi roel,


Thank you for posting. One way to convert formal to informal would be to remove the suffix '요'. For example:


고마워요-->고마워

사랑해요-->사랑해

먹어요-->먹어


Cheers,

Lyn

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roel
Monday at 9:15 am
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i have a question

when i chat to my friend in korea

he always said to me that im too very polite and very formal

for now i like to ask you

how do i convert formal to informal?

Team KoreanClass101.com
Saturday at 11:11 pm
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Hi Camille,


Thank you for posting. The phrase '할 줄 알다' means 'to know how to do (something).

So if you use '영어 하세요?' it would mean 'Do you do(speak) English?", whereas '영어 할 줄 아세요?' would mean 'Do you know how to do(speak) English?'. Having said that, both phrases can be used to ask someone if they can do/know how to do something.


Please let us know if you have any other questions.

Best,

Lyn

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Camille
Friday at 8:34 am
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Hi!

I'm a new student, and first, I would like to thank you for your hard work.


I have a question : in the expansion of the vocabulary list, you have written : "일본어 할 줄 아세요?"

Why is it "아세요" here and not "하세요" like for "영어 하세요?" ?


If I made any mistake in my comment, 죄송합니다. English is not my mother tongue.:flushed:


감사합니다!!! :smile:

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Tuesday at 10:17 am
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Hi Vivian,


Thanks for posting. All three are questions asking whether the listener is fluent in English/can speak English and can be used to ask whether the person you are speaking to can speak in English or not.

The difference between "영어 하세요?" and "영어 잘 해요?" would be the word '잘(jal)', which means 'well(really good)'. '하세요' is a bit more formal than '해요', which both mean 'do'. So "영어 하세요?"would be "Do you speak English?", whereas "영어 잘 해요?" would be 'Are you fluent in English/Do you speak English well?'.

As for '영어 할 수 있어요?' (I am going to assume that all the phrases are questions), this means 'Can you speak English?' Here, the '할 수 있다' means 'can'/'can do'.


Hope this answered your question. Please let us know if you have any other inquiries.

Best,

Lyn

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Vivian
Monday at 4:41 am
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Annyeonghaseyou :smile:


What is the difference between 영어 하세요, 영어 할 수 있어 and 영어 잘 해요?

I found all of these in different lessons and they're all supposed to mean 'I can speak English'.

Is that correct or do all three of them mean different things?


Kamsahamnida :smile: