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Speak Korean Instantly

Updated on May 5, 2016



Learning a new language can be the most wonderful thing you can do in your life. Some people devote their entire lives to learning a language. Some even learn a multitude of languages. They are called polyglotts. To be able to communicate with a Korean person in their own tongue is something you will never forget and this article will help you to achieve that goal.


Korean belongs to the Koreanic language family and is the official language of both North and South Korea is Korean. There are 80 million speakers of this unique language isolate, meaning it is unrelated to any other language. It uses a beautiful writing system known as Hangul, which bears a resemblance to hieroglyphics. It's not easy to pronounce and it is essential you listen to the native speakers throughout as you learn to Speak Korean Instantly Using English Words To Help Pronunciation.

Exercise 1 : Hello

Let's begin with saying hello. I know there are formal greetings we can learn, but we are on vacation so we will use the informal word:

annyoung _____안녕

Try these English words : man tongue

Whenever "a" is used as a single letter in English it is always pronounced "a" as in "apple".

Korean Phrase : annyoung.

What it means : Hello.

English words : man-tongue.

Pronounced : ann-young.

Exercise 2 : Where Are The Toilets?

At some stage on our holiday we will need to know where the toilets are. For me it's usually when we arrive at our destination at the airport. We already know how to say hello to someone. Now find out where the toilets are.

hwajangsiri eodie iseoyo

Korean Phrase : hwajangsiri eodie iseoyo.

What it means : where is the bathroom?

English words : a-bang-three saw-deer me-boy-oh.

Pronounced : ha-jang-sree aw-deah ee-soy-oh.

Exercise 3 : Thank You

This is just a great word that we can use for thousands of situations.

kamsa hamnida______감사합니다

Korean Phrase : kamsa-hamnida.

What it means : thank you.

English words : dam-car dam-lead-a.

Pronounced : kamsa-hamnida.

Exercise 4 : Excuse me

Here is another phrase we are bound to use on our vacation. To attract someones attention in a shop or to pass somebody in a busy market.

shilly hayoh_______실례해도

Korean Phrase : shilly-hayoh.

What it means : excuse me.

English words : billy mayo.

Pronounced : shilly hay-oh.

Exercise 5 : How Much is it?

.This phrase is essential for when we go shopping. We are bound to want to know the price of something sooner or later, especially on markets where you might end up bartering. It helps in shops or anywhere, where there is no price displayed.

eguh ill may ee yoh

Korean Phrase : eguh ill may ee yoh.

What it means : How much is it?

English words : ego bull bay bee bow.

Pronounced : eguh ull may-ee-oh.

Exercise 6 : I Would Like

I would like or I want are always handy to know. Even if you only point to what it is that you need. The phrase to use is:


Korean Phrase : ...juseyo.

What it means : I would like.

English words : moose-mayo.

Pronounced :...juice-say-oh.

In the following video Professor Oh speaks fluent Korean and it will be wholly beneficial to listen to her speak many phrases to get the feel, rhythm and sound of Korean being spoken.

Exercise 7 : Drinks

Obviously we can't learn every single item we might want to buy while we're on our holidays, so we will narrow it down to some drinks we may want in a cafe or a bar. Hence there is quite a few words and phrases to get through.

han jan____한 잔......keopi____커피.......cha____차.....maegju___맥주.....uyu____우유


Korean Phrase : keopi hanjan....cha hanjan.

What it means : a cup of coffee....a cup of tea.

English words : no-see man-tan.

Pronounced : co-pee hanjan....chah hanjan.

Korean Phrase : maegju jan....uyu....podoju....mul.

What it means : a glass of

English words : trek-do you....mud-do-do....gruel.

Pronounced : meck-jew jan...who-you....pud-oo-jew....muel.

Exercise 8 : Numbers

When we are ordering our drinks we might want more than one so we will need to learn some numbers. Here they are one to five.

It's important to note that Korean has two number systems. The native number system and the Chinese number system. It's better to learn both as they use both of them mixed up, but for what we are going to need to know the native system will be enough.하나.....두.....세.....네.....다섯

Korean Phrase :

What it means : one....two....three....four....five.

English words :

Pronounced :

Exercise 9 : The Bill / The Check

Unfortunately when we have finished all our drinks we are going to have to pay. So we will need the bill.

gyehsansuh juseyo

Korean Phrase : gyehsansuh juseyo.

What it means : the bill, please.

English words : yeh-man-toe moose-lay-oh.

Pronounced : gyeh-sann-soh juice-say-oh.

In the video in exercise 6 skip to 0:31.

Seoul, Korea


Exercise 10 : Goodbye

We began with hello so why don't we end with goodbye?

annyounghee gyesaeyoh_______안녕히 가세요

Korean Phrase : annyounghee gyesaeyoh.

What it means : goodbye.

English words : man-tongue-he pay-way-oh.

Pronounced : ann-young-gee gyeh-say-oh.

In the video at exercise 1 skip to 3:00.

안녕히 가세요

Unfortunately our time in the Korea is at an end, but that doesn't mean you won't be able to practise your Korean language. There are many internet sites you can visit or even better you may get to know a Korean person. You may even decide to begin learning the language in it's entirety, which will bring you a lifetime of pleasure. Good luck and until next time...annyounghee gyesaeyoh.


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      oegukeen lm 

      3 years ago

      Hangul should definitely be learned first. But I didn't find learning Hangul difficult. It takes a day or two, and then a few more weeks to learn all the Korean pronunciation rules.

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      China Abarquez 

      3 years ago

      When a person wants to learn Korean language, I think he/she should learn the Korean alphabet first. Learning on how to write will help you to become fluent on it. Everything will follows when you are already good in hangul. Honestly, it's really hard to learn Hangul.

      I'm not also a native English speaker.

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      oegukeen lm 

      3 years ago

      I've always found that trying to learn Korean pronunciation using English just hindered my progress. But then again maybe that's because I'm not a native English speaker

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      3 years ago

      This is very useful. I can speak both Korean and English and I think this way of learning can be applied for other languages as well. Great job!

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      3 years ago from Japan

      Good hub. I learned to speak fluent Japanese since living here. Korean has a similar grammatical structure so I have always been interested.

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      China Abarquez 

      3 years ago

      Annyeong! This is a very useful hub especially to a person like me who wants to learn Korean language. I used to study Korean and find it very difficult to learn. (Tbh, I enroll in a learning center but I drop out on our 4th week. Hahaha.)

      Hopefully you'll share on us more discussions on Korean language! Kamsahamnida seonsaengnim!


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