Hey there, lovely souls! 🌸 Ready to dive into the heart of Korea? 🇰🇷 I’ve curated a sweet little phrasebook 📖 to fuel your adventure with authentic local interactions! 🎉💬 From sharing beauty secrets at a Korean salon 💇 to laughter over a hearty meal 🥢, each phrase is a key to unlocking a unique shade of Korea. 🎨 Dive into “The Best Korean Phrasebook by Kimchiman” and let’s paint your journey with unforgettable moments. 🚀 Korea awaits with open arms—let’s seize this beautiful opportunity to learn, love, and live the Korean way! 🥂🎇

Greetings 

  • 안녕하세요. (Annyeonghaseyo) ➔ Hello.
  • 안녕히 계세요. (Annyeonghi gyeseyo) (When you leave, but the other person stays) ➔ Goodbye. (or “Stay well.”)
  • 안녕히 가세요. (Annyeonghi gaseyo) (When you stay, but the other person leaves) ➔ Goodbye. (or “Take care.”)
  • 조심히 가세요. (Josimhi gaseyo) ➔ Take care on your way. (or simply “Take care.”)

Introduction

  • 저는 ______ 에서 왔어요. (Jeoneun _______ eseo wasseoyo) ➔ I am from ______.
  • 저는 휴가로 왔어요. (Jeoneun hyugaro wasseoyo) ➔ I am here on holiday.
  • 저는 한국에 살고 있어요. (Jeoneun Hanguke salgo isseoyo) ➔ I am living in Korea.
  • 제 이름은 ______ 이에요. (Je ireumeun _______ ieyo) ➔ My name is ______.
  • 저는 학생이에요. (Jeoneun haksaeng-ieyo) ➔ I am a student.
  • 저는 ____에서 일해요. (Jeoneun ______ eseo ilhaeyo) ➔ I work at ____.

Expressing gratitude

  • 고맙습니다. (Komapseumnida) ➔ Thank you.
  • 감사합니다. (Kamsahamnida) ➔ Thank you. (A bit more formal; often preferred when addressing strangers as Koreans usually maintain a formal tone with them.)
  • 정말 감사합니다. (Jeongmal kamsahamnida) ➔ Thank you very much.

Basics

  • 실례합니다 (Shillehhamnida) ➔ Excuse me.
  • 네 (Ne) ➔ Yes.
  • 아니오 (Anio) ➔ No.
  • 제 이름은 _______ 입니다 (Je ireumeun ______ imnida) ➔ My name is _______.
  • 화장실 어디에요? (Hwajangsil eodieyo?) ➔ Where is the restroom?
  • ________에 어떻게 가요? ➔ How do I get to ________?
  • 도움말 부탁드립니다 (Doummal butakdeurimnida) ➔ I need help.
  • 잠깐만요. (Jamkkanmanyo) ➔ One second, please.

Getting Around

  • 택시 어디에요? (Taeksi eodieyo?) ➔ Where can I find a taxi?
  • 이곳으로 가주세요 (Igoseuro gajuseyo) ➔ Please take me to this place.
  • 얼마에요? (Eolmaeyo?) ➔ How much is it?
  • 이 버스는 _______ 가요? (I beoseuneun ______ gayo?) ➔ Does this bus go to _______?
  • 지도 좀 볼 수 있을까요? (Jido jom bol su isseulkkayo?) ➔ May I see a map?

Restaurant

  • 메뉴판 좀 볼 수 있을까요? (Menupan jom bol su isseulkkayo?) ➔ May I see the menu?
  • 이거 주세요 (Igeo juseyo) ➔ I’ll have this.
  • 물 주세요 (Mul juseyo) ➔ Water, please.
  • 물 좀 더 주세요./물 좀 더 주실 수 있으세요? (Mul jom deo juseyo/Mul jom deo jusil su isseuseyo?) (formal) ➔ Can I get some more water please?
  • 계산서 주세요 (Gyesanseo juseyo) ➔ Check, please.
  • 매워요? (Maewoyo?) ➔ Is it spicy?
  • 안 맵게 해주세요./안 맵게 해주실 수 있으세요? (An maepge haejuseyo/An maepge haejusil su isseuseyo?) (formal) ➔ Can you make it not spicy?
  • 덜 맵게 해주세요./덜 맵게 해주실 수 있으세요? (Deol maepge haejuseyo/Deol maepge haejusil su isseuseyo?) (formal) ➔ Can you make it less spicy?
  • 고기/돼지고기/소고기/닭고기/땅콩이 들어 있나요? (Gogi/Dwejigogi/Sogogi/Dakgogi/Ddangkongi deureo innayo?) ➔ Does it contain meat/pork/beef/chicken/nuts?
  • 지금 먹을 수 있어요 아니면 브레이크 타임이에요? (Jigeum meogeul su isseoyo animyeon beureikeu ta-im-ieyo?) ➔ Can we eat now or is it a break time?
  • 메뉴판 좀 볼 수 있을까요? (Menupan jom bol su isseulkkayo?) ➔ Can I see the menu, please?
  • 이게 무슨 재료로 만들어졌어요? (Ige museun jaeryoro mandeuleojyeosseoyo?) ➔ What ingredients are in this?
  • 베지테리언 메뉴 있나요? (Bejiterian menyu innayo?) ➔ Do you have a vegetarian menu?
  • 빌지 주세요. (Bilji juseyo) ➔ Check, please. (Note: The correct phrase for “Check, please” is “계산서 주세요” (Gyesanseo juseyo) as mentioned earlier)
  • 예약하고 싶어요. (Yeyakhago shipeoyo) ➔ I would like to make a reservation.

Shopping

  • 얼마에요? (Eolmaeyo?) ➔ How much is it?
  • 할인 해 주세요 (Hal-in hae juseyo) ➔ Please give a discount.
  • 더 싼 것이 있나요? (Deo ssan geosi innayo?) ➔ Do you have anything cheaper?
  • 이거 사고 싶어요 (Igeo sago shipeoyo) ➔ I want to buy this.

Questions

  • 영어를 사용하시나요? (Yeongeoreul sayonghasinayo?) ➔ Do you speak English?
  • 예약을 하고 싶습니다. (Yeyageul hago shipsseumnida.) ➔ I would like to make an appointment.
  • 이걸로 주세요. (Igeollo juseyo?) ➔ Can I get this one?
  • 저걸로 주세요. (Jeogeollo juseyo?) ➔ Can I get that one?
  • 다른 색상도 있나요? (Dareun saek sangdo innayo?) ➔ Do you have any other colors?
  • 다른 사이즈도 있나요? (Dareun saijudo innayo?) ➔ Does it come in any other sizes?
  • 예약 가능한 시간을 알려주세요. (Yeyak ganeunghan siganeul allyeojuseyo.) ➔ Can you show me what times are available?
  • 내일 예약이 가능한가요? (Naeil yeyagi ganeunhangayo?) ➔ Can I make a reservation for tomorrow?
  • 언제 예약이 가능한가요? (Eonje yeyagi ganeunhangayo?) ➔ When can I make a reservation?
  • 이번 주에 예약 가능한가요? (Ibeon jue yeyak ganeunhangayo?) ➔ Do you have availability this week?
  • 카드로 결제하고 싶습니다. (Kadeuro gyejehago shipsseumnida.) ➔ I would like to pay with a card.
  • 현금으로 결제할 수 있나요? (Hyeongeumeuro gyejehal su innayo?) ➔ Can I pay with cash?
  • 얼마에요? (Eolmaeyo?) ➔ How much is it?
  • 무료인가요? (Muryoingayo?) ➔ Is this free?
  • 할인이 가능한가요? (Halini ganeunhangayo?) ➔ Is there a discount?
  • 다 합치면 얼마가 될까요? (Da hapchimyeon eolmaga doelkkayo?) ➔ What will the total be?

Hairdresser

  • 저는 타고난 곱슬머리에요. (Jeoneun tagonan gobsulmeorieyo.) ➔ I have naturally curly hair.
  • 저는 직모에요. (Jeoneun jikmoeyo.) ➔ I have straight hair.
  • 자연스러운 웨이브 헤어에요. (Jayeonseureoun weibe heeoyeo.) ➔ I have naturally wavy hair.
  • 머리카락이 쉽게 건조해져요. (Meorikaraki swipge geonjohaejyeoyo.) ➔ My hair gets dry easily.
  • 끝부분만 잘라주세요. (Kkeutbubunman jallajuseyo.) ➔ Please only cut the dead ends.
  • 프린지를 하고 싶어요. (Peurinjeureul hago shipeoyo.) ➔ I would like to have a fringe.
  • 프린지를 조금만 다듬어 주실 수 있나요? (Peurinjeureul jogeumman dadeumeo jusil su innayo?) ➔ Can you give my fringe a small trim?
  • 두피 트리트먼트를 받고 싶어요. (Dupi teuriteumeonteu-reul batgo shipeoyo.) ➔ I would like to have a scalp treatment.
  • 이 정도만 잘라주세요. (I jeongdoman jallajuseyo.) ➔ Please cut off this much.
  • 머리를 길게 유지하고 싶어요. (Meorireul gilge yujihago shipeoyo.) ➔ I want to keep my hair long.
  • 짧은 머리를 하고 싶어요. (Jjalbeun meorireul hago shipeoyo.) ➔ I would like to have short hair.
  • 어떤 스타일을 추천해 주시겠어요? (Eoddeon seutair-eul chucheonhae jusigesseoyo?) ➔ What style do you recommend?
  • 드라이/펌/염색 얼마에요? (Deurai/peom/yeomsaek eolmaeyo?) ➔ How much is it for a dry/perming/dye?

Skincare

  • 피부가 건조해요. (Pibuga geonjohaeyo.) ➔ My skin is dry.
  • 뾰루지가 많이 생겨요. (Ppurujiga mani saenggyeoyo.) ➔ I have many breakouts.
  • 여드름이 있어요. (Yeodeureumi isseoyo.) ➔ I have acne.
  • 얼굴 마사지를 받고 싶어요. (Eolgul masajireul batgo shipeoyo.) ➔ I would like a facial massage.
  • 이 트리트먼트를 해주세요. (I teuriteumeonteu-reul haejuseyo.) ➔ Please give me this treatment.
  • 이 제품은 어떤 효과가 있나요? (I jepumeun eoddeon hyogwaga innayo?) ➔ What effects does this product have?
  • 이게 얼마에요? (Ige eolmaeyo?) ➔ How much is this?
  • 어떤 성분이 들어있나요? (Eoddeon seongbuni deureoitnayo?) ➔ What ingredients are in this?

 

I sincerely hope that The Best Korean Phrasebook by Kimchiman will help you enjoy Seoul and Korea more fully. 

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Jessica

This is amazing. Thanks for making such a beautiful phrasebook.

Marta

This is great and very useful! Thank you