Here are some helpful Korean phrases for daily life! Note that these are conjugated in a polite-formal or polite-informal way. Please read our article about levels of Korean speech for more information!

Greetings & Salutations

안녕하세요! (annyeong haseyo) – Hello! Is also used to express: good morning, good afternoon, good evening, how are you?

여보세요 (yeoboseyo) – Literally means ‘look here’, but is used when answering a telephone

반갑습니다 (bangabseumnida) – Pleased to meet you

또 뵙겠습니다 (tto boebgessumnida) – See you again

안녕히 가세요 (annyeonghi gaseyo) – Goodbye (said to the one leaving)

안녕히 계세요 (annyeonghi gyeseyo) – Goodbye (said to the one who stays when you leave)

Common expressions

감사합니다 (kamsahamnida)/ 고맙습니다 (komabseumnida) – Thank you

천만이에요 (cheonmaneyo) – You’re welcome (Not commonly used)

아니예요 (anniyehyo) – It’s nothing (Commonly used instead of 천만이에요)

수고 하셨습니다 (sugohashyeossumnida) – Good job! Thanks for your efforts!

미안합니다 (mianhamnida) – I’m sorry

죄송합니다 (joesonghamnida) – I’m sorry (More polite than 미안합니다)

실례합니다 (shillyehamnida) – Excuse me

괜찮습니다 (gwaenchanhayo) – It’s alright

그래요? (keureyo) – Really?/ Is it so?

재미있어요 (jaemiisseoyo) – It is fun

잠깐만요 (jamkkanmanyo) – Just a moment

안녕히 주무세요 (annyeonghi jumuseyo) – Sleep well (Polite form)

잘 자 (jal ja) – Sleep well (Informal, used with friends, children)

웬일이세요? (weniriseyo) – What are you doing here? What’s going on?

Out and about

이것이 뭐예요? (igeoshi mwoyeyo) – What is this?

화장실이 어디에 있어요? (hwajangshilee eodieh isseoyo) – Where is the bathroom?

(Object)을/를 좀 주세요 (____eul/reul jom juseyo) – Please give me (Object)

(Object)을/를 사고 싶어요 (____eul/reul sago shipeoyo) – I want to buy (Object)

(Location)에 가고 싶어요 (____eh khago shipeoyo) – I want to go to (Location)

영화를 보고 싶어요 (yeonghwareul bogo shipeoyo) – I want to see a film

(Person)이/가 보고 싶어요 (____ee/gah bogo shipeoyo) – I miss____ / I want to see _____

(Food)을/를 먹고 싶어요 (____eul/reul meokgo shipeoyo)  – I want to eat rice/food

(Beverage)을/를 마시고 싶어요 (____eul/reul mashigo shipeoyo) – I want to drink (beverage).

Mood & Feelings

목이 말라요 (mogi mallayo) – My throat is dry/ I am thirsty

배가 고파요 (baega gopayo) – I am hungry

배가 불러요 (baega bulleoyo) – I am full

피곤해요 (pigonhaeyo) – I am tired

졸려요 (jollyeoyo) – I am sleepy

병이 났어요 (byeongi nasseoyo) – I have caught a sickness

기분이 좋아요 (kibuni johayo) – I feel good


추워요 (chuwoyo) – It is cold

더워요 (deowoyo) – It is hot

습기가 있어요 (seubgiga isseoyo) – It is humid


What are some other helpful Korean phrases that you use?