Learning Korean is a great way to experience the culture and traditions of over 80 million of Korean speakers worldwide. This Asian language is very logical, and thanks to hangul (the national writing system which was introduced in the 19th century to simplify the spelling), learning Korean is a lot easier than Chinese or Japanese. This website equips you with the basic vocabulary, phrases and cultural information, helping you to start learning Korean today – for absolutely free.
Start learning Korean by memorizing some basic words. This selection is easy to remember, and you will definitely need these words for casual conversations.
Learn Korean phrases, greetings, simple expressions and other sentences that will help you communicate with Korean speakers.
|Hello (on the phone)||여보세요||yeoboseyo|
|How are you?||어떻게 지내십니까?||eotteoke jinaesimnikka?|
|Fine, thank you||잘 지냅니다, 감사합니다||jal jinaemnida, gamsahamnida|
|What is your name?||성함이 어떻게 되세요?||seonghami eotteoke doeseyo?|
|My name is ______||제 이름은 ______입니다||je ireumeun ____ imnida|
|Nice to meet you||만나서 반갑습니다||mannaseo bangapseumnida|
|Excuse me||실례합니다||shill(y)e hamnida|
|Is there someone here who speaks English?||여기에 영어를 하시는 분 계십니까?||yeogie yeong-eoreul hasineun bun gyesimnikka?|
|Please speak slowly||천천히 말해 주십시오||cheoncheonhi malhae jusipsio|
|Please say it again||다시 한번 말해 주십시오||dasi hanbeon malhae jusipsio|
|I can't speak English [well]||저는 영어를 [잘] 못합니다||jeoneun yeong-eoreul [jal] motamnida|
|Good morning||좋은 아침입니다||jo-eun achimimnida|
|Good evening||좋은 저녁입니다||jo-eun jeonyeogimnida|
|Good night||좋은 밤입니다||jo-eun bamimnida|
|Good night (sleep tight)||안녕히 주무십시오||annyeonghi jumusipsio|
|I don't understand||이해가 안갑니다||ihaega ankamnida|
Learn the most used Korean verbs, and start making your first steps in Korean verb conjugation. Remember that Korean language is largely based on verbs.
|오다||to come||마시다||to drink|
|먹다||to eat||주다||to give|
|가다||to go||듣다||to hear|
|배우다||to learn||만들다||to make|
|앉다||to sit||자다||to sleep|
|씻다||to wash||쓰다||to write|
|울다||to cry||갖다||to have|
|웃다||to laugh||보다||to see|
|일어나다||to get up||걷다||to walk|
|춤추다||to dance||만나다||to meet|
|공부하다||to study||운전하다||to drive|
|사다||to buy||읽다||to read|
|전화하다||to telephone||말하다||to talk, speak|
|나가다||to exit||들어오다||to enter|
|물어보다||to ask||필요하다||to need|
|도와주다||to help||열다||to open|
|닫다||to close||일하다||to work|
|쉬다||to rest||운동하다||to exercise|
|생각하다||to think||알다||to know|
|모르다||to not know||하다||to do|
|있다||to have||없다||to not have|
|이야기하다||to talk, chat||묻다||to ask|
|내다||to pay||살다||to live|
|사랑하다||to love||좋아하다||to like|
|싫어하다||to hate, dislike|
If you haven’t had much exposure to any of the Asian cultures, you will be especially fascinated by the Korean culture. Exciting and welcoming to travelers, South Korea impresses visitors with its stunning combination of the traditional and modern. This mix can be seen in the architecture, style and even fashion, especially in large cities like Seoul.
Like many other Asian nations, Koreans love food about food, and can spent hours talking about it. Korean cuisine is truly a pleasure for one’s taste buds. One cannot imagine Korean meal without kimchi, traditional marinated spicy cabbage. There are lots of varieties of kimchi, usually served as appetizers. Kimchi is also used as a cooking ingredient in a number of dishes. Historically, Korea was greatly influenced by Japan, and it shows in the cuisine, with Korean Ramyeon being almost the same as Japanese Ramen, with the popularity of sushi and sashimi, and many more. Many Korean restaurants offer open barbeque where customers grill their own meat. These lengthy meals are a favorite pastime for Koreans, with people talking to friends and family over the cooking meat and vegetables.
Korea is the leader in Asian pop culture, with Korean pop (widely known as K-Pop) and Korean drama shows being widely popular in Asia. Korean pop stars are international trendsetters, especially in Hong Kong, China, and South East Asia. On the global scale, PSY’s Gangam Style became a universal craze not so long ago.
With Korean brands like Kia, Hyundai, Samsung etc being global bestsellers, this technologically advanced country still keeps its traditional elements. Family is one of the main Korean values, and children are taught to respect and show respect to their parents and grandparents at all times. In a traditional Korean family, husband is an indisputable leader who makes all important decisions.