Level 1 Lesson 4 / I’m sorry, Excuse me / 죄송합니다, 저기요

After listening to this lesson, you can say “I’m sorry.” or “Excuse me.” in Korean. You will also learn how to say “Excuse me. Let me pass.” when you have to walk through a crowd of people. While it is simple to memorize just one phrase for each case, it is not so simple after all because even the same expression cannot always be applied to the same situation between English and Korean. Want to find out why? Listen in now!

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Level 1 Lesson 4 / I’m sorry, Excuse me / 죄송합니다, 저기요
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  • Lady Loor

    감사 합니다 선셍님

  • Monica Moreno

    CAn someone explain to me why in the word Jamkkanmanyo ?? I dont hear the n sound in the syllable kkan??

    • Migumi Migushi

      I could be wrong(I’m a beginner too) but I think it’s because consonants are very barely articulated when they’re in patchim position in a syllable

  • sellyn

    is there anyone who wants to be my learning partner? Thanks beforee

  • Ashley Davis

    저기요, 감사합니다!

  • Nazliatul Aniza Nordin

    Hi. When do you use: 실례합니다 or 실례지만?

  • Genesis Martin

    could someone please write in hangul what you would say if Hyunwoo lost his wallet? I can’t understand exactly what she is saying . . . It would be sooooooo helpful PLEAASE

    • Nazliatul Aniza Nordin

      This one? I think she said: “진짜?” (Jinjja – really?) and “어떡해?”(eo-tteok-hae – What should I do?).

    • Genesis Martin

      yesssss thank you soooo much it was the eo-tteok-hae

  • Angelic BTS

    Does anyone wanna be my study partner?? I’m on a very basic level in Korean, but it would be really helpful if I had someone who spoke Korean or is learning so we can help each other

  • Joshua Khang Hwui

    I’m just starting! Can anyone be my partner ? I’m not sure how it’ll work out though haha

    • EommaJinsPureSeoul

      If you want we can study together, I don’t really have anyone to study with at the moment and I’m a beginner too.. So xD Here’s my facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EommaJinsPureSeoul

      you can add me on there if you want.

    • FlyFly

      Hi dude! Can I be your learning buddy? I am from Hong Kong. I have just started my Korean learning this morning. XD

      I traveled to Korea this Christmas. And I am soooooo addicted to Korean foods, language, people and the places now!

      Want to know more people from all over the world so that we can learn Korean tgt!
      We can also share the experience of traveling not only Korean but other countries!

      I can speak Chinese and English, also a little bit Japanese!

      My kakaotalk ID is flyfly8899
      Hope to talk to you soon!

  • 재마린 (jemalyn)

    Can some pls be my learning partner,im from philippines. Im a begginer, well not exactly a begginer since i known some words and i know the alphabet too. A facebook learning partner would be good too. Pls dont be mad at me when theres times i cant learn or study, its because of school. I usualy go to school at 6:45 – 6:00 pm, and theres also requirements i need to do for school but ill try my best to study korean.

    • EommaJinsPureSeoul

      Hi! I’m learning Korean too, I totally get what you mean by a hectic schedule though, so I totally understand haha~ Here’s my facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EommaJinsPureSeoul

      You can add me there and we can help each other out!

    • Jhon Kristoffer

      Hi, search me on facebook. We can help each other out. Kabayan

    • Errol Flynn Magbanua

      전 같이 한국어를 공부할 여자가 필요해요.

  • Ekim!

    Can someone be my language partner? I am basic when it comes to Korean, I also learm French, Latin and Mandarin Simplified Chinese. Please link your social medias below! I will add you:)

    • Natalia Pan

      sure i can be! I also need one

    • Ariba Anam

      Hey I need one too. So if you still need..you can text me on fb

    • Natalia Pan

      and i also learn french just tell me what social media are you on

  • Charlotte Asta Gooch

    Can someone help me learn how to read and write in hangeul as I’m really struggling. I’ve only just started to learn Korean and I have no idea how to read and write in Korean, I’ve took the course on here but I still have no idea what I’m doing. I’ve also tried learning the alphabet but I’ve got no clue what I’m doing can anyone help me please?

    • Kyle

      Here ( https://youtu.be/s5aobqyEaMQ ) is a good video on youtube that gives short lessons (90 minutes, but split into 14 lessons). However, it is quite dense and he doesn’t really give learning tips, but it is a great place to learn the correct pronunciation and reading/writing techniques. Take time between lessons to practice writing and pronunciation.

      As for tips, focus on learning the base vowels (ㅣㅏㅓㅡㅗㅜ) and the base consonants (ㅂㄷㄱㅅㅁㄴㄹㅇ), the rest can be deduced if you know simple rules. I found this comic helpful
      ( http://www.ryanestrada.com/learntoreadkoreanin15minutes ).

    • Charlotte Asta Gooch

      Thank you so much for your help. It’s going to take me a while to learn hangeul but this definitely helps (:

  • Jackie Redona

    anyone want to be my learning partner?? my kakaotalk ID: JackieRedona

    • Ariba Anam

      I would like that too

  • Miss-Gaara Rose

    I am confused, I thought the reason why the ㅂ isnt pronouced in batchim position is because of the rule called nasalization which states if these three consonant “ㄱ,ㄷ, ㅂ ” are in bat-chim position and is followed by a nasal consonant”ㅁ,ㄴ,ㅇ” they become nasal themselfs. So that means ㅂ–>ㅁ and become nasal itself. So since 죄송합니다 the ㅂ is followed by a nasal consonent ㄴ and it changes into ㅁ in pronunciation. Please explain if I misunderstood this.

  • Sydney Fitzgerald

    Anyone want to be Kakoatalk learning partners? I am fairly new at Korean, so it would be great to learn with someone? My ID is sydfitz1324 🙂

  • Vilara.Drawings

    Anyone want to be learning Partner? I just started to learn korean and im 17 years old ^^
    My ID on Kakaotalk is: deilaera

    • Quách Thảo Vi

      Annyeong. I’m from Vietnam and I’m 19 years old in international age. Can we add friend and practise?

    • Vilara.Drawings

      Yes of course ^^ Do you have kakaotalk?

    • Yael

      Are you still up for that offer? I just started learning as well, and I believe that having a learning partner is a lovely idea.

    • Vilara.Drawings

      Ofc you can add me on kakaotalk than we can chat ^^

    • Asya Aydemir

      안녕! Can you add me on kakaotalk? it is asyaydxmir ^^

    • Daniela

      If you want a language partner, I’m also looking for one!! I’m 15 and my KakaoTalk is: Daniela240240

  • ThatSuperGeek

    Im fairly new to Korean but know enough for like basic greeting and how to read/write Hangual. Looking for a learning partner, my Kakaotalk ID is ‘TheSuperGeek394’

  • EAmusic26

    Hello! I’m trying to learn korean so I can try to apply to a university in Korea with either business or music major, but of course be able to pass the TOPIK exam with a 4. Looking for a learning partner please!

    • Kaico

      Hey. Are you still looking for a learning partner?

    • EAmusic26

      Yes! On what platform can I communicate with you? Do you have a KakaoTalk or something similar?

    • Daniela240

      I’m looking for a language partner too! If you still want one My KakaoTalk is: Daniela240240

  • mangaanimekdrama

    I’m having problems with this one……….. I read it as jwi-song-ham-ni-da……. but in the video it was pronounced as jae-song-ham-ni-da. I NEEDDDDD help!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Pim

      외 is pronounced as ei like in weigh. 🙂

    • mangaanimekdrama

      Thanks…. I was so confused. :)))))

    • Pim

      You’re welcome! I was confused for a while as well until I took a beginner’s Korean class. xD

    • mangaanimekdrama

      Online or classroom?

    • Pim

      Online! I’m using coursera.org and it’s in First Step Korean. It’s free!

    • mangaanimekdrama

      Thanks… about to check it out ra-now!!!

  • Kawaii Bean

    Do I need to understand the other two phrases mentioned besides 저기요 and 죄송합니다?

    • Kaico

      Eventually, I would recommend being able to understand the phrase as it can be useful in the future if you plan on visiting Korea.

  • Karly M

    Thank you so much for these

  • Jessamine

    In English we have formal sayings like “I’m sorry for your loss” when someone dies. What do Koreans say, do they still say “어떡해요”?

    I think this is interesting. As an English speaker when something bad happens to someone you genuinely care about you do feel sometimes a sense of “sorriness” or guilt almost that you could have done something, but you are feeling I guess “outside” of the person. Perhaps “어떡해요?” is a bit closer to the other person like “what can we do?”…as a Korean native does that sound right?

  • mxc9219

    What do you say “when you’re leaving a room for a second”? I didn’t get that.

  • Anna Molnar

    Thank you for the lesson! And what about 실례 합니다 and 미안합니다. These also mean “I’m sorry”? In which cases we use these expressions? 미안해 often apper in drama))

    • whinter snow

      when the person is your friend because 미안합니다 is not in a formal language, i think

  • Loubna

    Hey, I would like to have a Korean language partner because I want to practice and it’s more funny together^^
    So my kakaotalk is Loubna6

    • Inkdreamer

      Hey, I can be your partner
      my kakaotalk is SpringArmy9

  • Aniya Jones

    I need a study buddy who would like to be my partner?

  • Melanin Khaleesi (Brittany)

    How you right ” in sorry to hear that” in Korean?

  • MissJlyn94

    looking for a study partneeerrr 😀

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  • isobel steenkamp

    Study partner anyone ??

    • Penny Jessica


  • Travis Yeh

    Hmmm … Are they constantly flirting with each other or it’s just me being too sensitive? xD

  • Volanteh

    Hey, looking for a study partner! My Kakaotalk is Volanteh01 (or we could talk via twitter)? ^^

    • Jessica

      I’ll be your study partner! My Kakotalk is mintyoongi:)

  • Katakimiku

    I need a study partner so bad! Hit me up on kakaotalk if you want 🙂 My ID is thebookthief.