Hear Korean Survival Phrases

The Korean language lesson offered here is an excerpt from Transparent Language's Korean software program. The Basic Korean Phrases and the Korean Phrases for Meeting and Greeting will lead you to the Korean Dialog at the end, which shows how these survival phrases are used in conversational Korean. Single click on the phrase to hear the Korean pronunciation spoken by a native Korean speaker. Take advantage of this Korean language resource as you learn to speak Korean!

A note on transliterated Korean phrases:

The Korean phrases on this pages are shown in transliterated text, using English letters, so that people who are beginning to speak Korean can focus on the Korean pronunciation.

Basic Korean Phrases

neh. Yes.

ah-nee-oh. No.

jwe-song-ha-ji-mahn. Please.

gahm-sah-hahm-ni-da. Thank you.

chon-mahn-eh-yo. You're welcome.

sil-le-hahm-ni-da. Excuse me.

ahn-nyong-ha-se-yo. Good morning.

ahn-nyong-hee ga-se-yo. Good-bye.

Korean Phrases for Meeting and Greeting

yong-o-rul hahl-jool asim-ni-ka? Do you speak English?

jeo-nun han-kook-o-rul jo-gum-bah-ke mo-tahm-ni-da. I only speak a little Korean.

song-ha-mi o-teo-ke dwe-si-ji-yo? What is your name?

je-i-rum-eun Mee-Young im-ni-da. My name is Mee-Young.

ahn-nyong-ha-se-yo? How are you?

neh jal-i-soum-ni-da. I'm fine, thank you..

gahm-se-hahm-ni-da. I'm fine, thank you.

mahn-na-bwep-ge dwe-o-seo bahn-gahp-soum-ni-da. I am very glad to meet you.

jal mo-dara dut-ge-soum-ni-da. I don't understand.

mo-ra-go greo-shut-ji-yo? What did you say?

jom-chon-chon-hee mahl-soum-hae joo-se-yo? Can you speak more slowly?

choong-boon-hee i-hae-hah-go i-soum-ni-da. I understand perfectly.

Korean Dialog




yong-o-rul hahl-jool a-se-yo?

Do you speak English?

Store Clerk


I'm sorry.

yong-o-rul hahl-jool mo-rum-nida.

I do not speak English.


jo-do han-koo-go-rul jo-gum-ba-ke motam-nida.

Unfortunately, I only speak a little Korean.

Store Clerk:


That's all right.


I understand you.