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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 Korean, there is a phrase that should be memorized by any traveler, visitor or even resident. This phrase will be your Swiss Army Knife of phrases. It is used in so many different ways and forms. This phrase is crazy. Now let’s imagine you’ve booked a vacation for Seoul. You’ve arrived and you have a craving for some Korean Bacon. You walk into a restaurant with all these delicious savory looking meats on the menu. You see the one that you want, but how can you order.
You just got to Korea. Well, Macgyver, it’s a good thing you are listening to this podcast. We’ve got your Swiss Army Knife right here. To order something on the menu, let’s start with the simple point, And this please. This please in Korean is 이거 주세요 (igeo juseyo). One time slowly, it’s 이거 주세요 (igeo juseyo). And now by syllable, 이-거 주-세-요 (i-geo ju-se-yo). Let’s break down the components. The first word, 이거 (igeo), means “this.” One time slowly, 이거 (igeo). The next word, 주세요 (juseyo), is a rough translation of “please.” One time slowly, it’s 주세요 (juseyo). Literally this means give but it’s used much like the English please. Whenever you are asking someone to do something for you or give something to you, you use 주세요 (juseyo).
So all together, we have 이거 주세요 (igeo juseyo), or literally, “this please.” Very straightforward but don’t forget to point. All right, let’s say you see a delicious piece of meat on a poster outside but can’t find it on the menu. Let’s point at the poster and say, that please. In Korean, it would be 그거 주세요 (geugeo juseyo). And now by syllable, 그-거 주-세-요 (geu-geo ju-se-yo). The first word 그거 (geugeo) means “that.” One time slowly, it’s 그거 (geugeo). The second 주세요 (juseyo) once again means “please.” One time slowly, 주세요 (juseyo). Literally the phrase is “that please.”
Now, if you know what you want and don’t even have to look at the menu, you can simply say the word you want in front of 주세요 (juseyo). Let’s go with 김치 (gimchi). To ask for some 김치 (gimchi), we can say, 김치 주세요 (gimchi juseyo). One time slowly, 김치 주세요 (gimchi juseyo) and now by syllable, 김-치 주-세-요 (gim-chi ju-se-yo). This means Kimchi please. If you don’t know what Kimchi is, it’s probably Korea’s national food. Every Korean eats Kimchi and it’s not an exaggeration. Kimchi is salted and spiced Chinese cabbage. It’s left out for a few days to ferment. After that, it’s good to eat. The fermentation part sounds a little gross but it’s addicting. My Canadian friend got hooked on Kimchi and literally had to have it every meal. He always felt like something was missing if he didn’t eat Kimchi.
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)!
This, please - 이거 주세요 (igeo juseyo).
That, please - 그거 주세요 (geugeo juseyo).
Kimchi, please - 김치 주세요 (gimchi juseyo).
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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여러분, 김치 좋아하세요? :) Do you like kimchi?

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Wednesday at 10:59 am
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Hi 아린,


Thanks for sharing with us. I personally love 김치 too, and eat it everyday. 😄


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Lyn

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아린
Tuesday at 8:32 am
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김치 좋아해요

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Tuesday at 6:45 am
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Hi Ruth,


Thanks for commenting. Native Koreans love to eat too (you won't starve no matter where you are in Korea--you'll find a restaurant within 10 meters of where you're standing, literally!), so there are many phrases regarding eating in Korea.


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Ruth
Monday at 3:22 am
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I love food so much. Thanks for teaching me how to ask for something. Please is a very important expression anywhere.

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Thursday at 7:26 am
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Hello 김,


Thanks for posting in Japanese for us. 😄


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Lyn

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Tuesday at 9:13 pm
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kimchi suki desuka? #effortpoints

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Saturday at 9:08 am
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Hi Saszy,


Thanks for commenting. Maybe you could find some at your local Asian supermarket? Or online? :)


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Saszy
Thursday at 2:09 pm
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I wish i eat gimchi someday

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Hi Mira,


Thank you for the thumbs-up!


Feel free to let us know if you have any questions.


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👍👍👍