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Welcome to KoreanClass101.com’s 삼분 한국어. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Korean.
안녕하세요. 에이미에요. 반가워요. Hi, I'm Amy. Nice to meet you. In this series “삼분한국어”, we’re going to learn basic Korean expressions.
It’s super easy and it takes only three minutes!
First of all, you're going to learn how to introduce yourself in Korean. There are a few different ways to do it depending on how formal you want to be.
Let’s first look at an informal way to introduce yourself.
안녕. 에이미야. 반가워. Hi, I’m Amy. nice to meet you.
[slowly] 안녕. 에이미야. 반가워.
Here, 안녕 means ‘Peace’. So literally you say ‘Peace’ to say Hello in Korean.
Next you can say your name, then add the sentence ending particle 야. My name is 에이미, so I say 에이미야.
Finally you say 반가워. 반가워 means ‘Nice to meet you’.
Now you try it:
Start by saying, 안녕. Then, say your name, followed by 야. If your name is David, you can say
데이비드야. Finally, say 반가워.
안녕. 데이비드야. 반가워
Now let’s see a formal version.
안녕하세요. 에이미에요. 반가워요. Hi, I’m Amy. Nice to meet you.
[slowly] 안녕하세요. 에이미에요. 반가워요.
What has changed from the previous introduction?
Let’s take a close look at these together.
First, 안녕 has changed to 안녕하세요.
하세요 is the verb meaning 'to do'. If you add 하세요 next to 안녕, it becomes more formal and polite. 안녕하세요.
Next, you can replace the particle 야 with 에요. Both of them are sentence ending particles, and you can put them after nouns. But 야 is informal and 에요 is formal. So if you say 에이미에요 instead of 에이미야, you can introduce your name in more formal way.
Finally, 반가워요. Do you remember how to say ‘Nice to meet you’ in informal way? 반가워. Here, you can simply add the particle 요 at the end of the verb. Then it becomes formal. 요 is a particle that can make a sentence polite.
[slowly] 반가워요.
One more time. The formal way to introduce yourself is:
안녕하세요. 에이미이에요. 반가워요.
The informal way to introduce yourself is:
안녕. 에이미야. 반가워.
Now it’s time for Amy’s insights.
When you introduce yourself in Korea, it's polite to make a small bow. If you’re a guy, bow with your hands at your sides. If you’re a girl, bow with your hands clasped in front of you. Bow from the waist. You don't have to dip down very far.
Do you know how to say “thank you” in Korean? You’ll learn how to say this and many other words in the next lesson. 다음에 봐요! See you then!

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KoreanClass101.com
Friday at 6:30 pm
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Let's introduce yourself here in Korean.

Ashley
Monday at 10:49 am
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How would my name, ‘Ashley’, be written in Korean?

Cynthia
Monday at 1:38 am
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Hi, would I say Cynthia-ya?

I'm just wondering because doesn't Cynthia-ya sound weird?

Tuesday at 8:04 am
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Hi Jamie!


Yes, as we discussed here, it would be "나는 제이미야." in informal way.

Also, it would be "저는 제이미예요." in formal way.


Hope this helps you. Thank you!


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Jiye

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Jamie
Sunday at 4:33 pm
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Hi! If I were introduce myself as Jamie, should it be Jamie-ya?

Monday at 3:32 pm
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Hi Darwin,


Thank you for your comment, and I'm very happy to meet a Korean learner aiming for TOPIK exam!

Sure a thing! I'm glad to let you know that you may receive personalized, 1 to 1 assistance and help from a personal tutor if you enroll for Premium Plus plan. :)

But I'd love to help you with your Korean self-introduction as well. Could you please try writing a few words in Korean if possible? Thank you! 힘내세요!


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Rebecca

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Darwin
Saturday at 2:50 pm
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Teacher can you translate my self introduction from english to korean.. i need it for my eps-topik interview.

Friday at 8:18 am
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Hello Alondra and Aria,


Thank you so much for leaving comments!

It's always nice to come across a good discussion like this in the comments section. :)


Yes, Alondra, like our wonderful friend Aria said, it is fine to add "ya" after your name. [나는 알론드라야.] 😁


Special thanks go to Aria for your the assistance!👍👍

It was great to talk to talk to you, and I hope to see you around often!


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Rebecca

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Aria F
Thursday at 2:52 pm
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Hi Alondra!

I asked a similar question, and the wonderful staff answered me with my similar question. They said it was perfectly find to add "ya" after names that end in an A! Though it may be a little hard at first, you should get the hang of it like I did!

Hope I helped!

Aria

Alondra
Wednesday at 8:50 pm
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i have a question my name is Alondra and i don't know how to say that in Korean or if it is pronounced any different. Also isn't it kinda weird if i say ya after my name because it already ends in a "a"

Tuesday at 7:37 am
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Hi Aria,


Thank you for your great comment!

It is normal to add 'ya' after such names, so it is totally fine to say [나는 아리아야] when you are introducing yourself. ?

Wonderful question and I hope my answer helped!


Best,

Rebecca

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