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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.

Korean Words

Start learning Korean by memorizing some basic words. This selection is easy to remember, and you will definitely need these words for casual conversations.

English Korean Pronunciation
black 검은색 geomeunsaek
white 흰색 huinsaek
gray 회색 hoesaek
red 빨간색 ppalgansaek
blue 파란색 paransaek
yellow 노란색 noransaek
green 초록색 choroksaek
orange 주황색 juhwangsaek
purple 자주색 jajusaek
brown 갈색 galsaek
1 하나 hana
2 dul
3 set
4 net
5 다섯 daseot
6 여섯 yeoseot
7 일곱 ilgop
8 여덟 yeodeol
9 아홉 ahop
10 yeol
11 열하나 yeolhana
20 스물 seumul
January 1월 (일월) ilwol
February 2월 (이월) iwol
March 3월 (삼월) samwol
April 4월 (사월) sawol
May 5월 (오월) owol
June 6월 (유월) yuwol
July 7월 (칠월) chilwol
August 8월 (팔월) palwol
September 9월 (구월) guwol
October 10월 (시월) siwol
November 11월 (십일월) sibilwol
December 12월 (십이월) sibiwol

Korean Phrases

Learn Korean phrases, greetings, simple expressions and other sentences that will help you communicate with Korean speakers.

English Korean Pronunciation
Hello (formal) 안녕하세요 annyeonghaseyo
Hello (informal) 안녕 annyeong
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
Please 부탁합니다 butakamnida
Thank you 감사합니다 gamsahamnida
You're welcome 천만입니다 cheonmanimnida
Yes 예/네 ye/ne
No 아니요 aniyo
Excuse me 실례합니다 shill(y)e hamnida
I'm sorry 죄송합니다 joesonghamnida
Goodbye (informal) 안녕 annyeong
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
Help! 도와주십시오! dowajusipsio!
Look out! 조심하십시오! josimhasipsio!
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

Korean Verbs

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.

Korean English Korean English
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

Korean Culture

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.

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