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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  • Anna

    Does anyone want to be my study partner? You can add me on snapchat (miccio2606) or instagram (anna.dpt)

  • Nicole Weng

    Hi, can you please show me the difference between 저기요 and 실례합니다. Thank you!

  • Jamie L. Allen

    It’s batchim rules. When a p sound meets n, it becomes an m sound. 🙂

  • Andrea Mundula

    Well, strictly speaking, though it is used to express regret (to apologize), the word “sorry” comes from “sorrow,” which means “grief”, “sadness”, “unhappiness”. So, we often say “I am sorry” to show sympathy towards the other person’s misfortune even when that misfortune is not caused by us.

  • 언기민

    What about bianne?

  • Kiszes Delotavo

    Hello. need study partner. Add me on kakaotalk kjj1517

    • Muhammed Oussama

      u have line or instagram or whatsapp or facebook ?

  • Melanin Khaleesi (Brittany)

    Still looking for a partner? 🙂

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    im looking for a partner

  • Ain Safiya

    I need partners to study. Do add me on kakaotalk : aininos

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  • Czarina S.

    I’m on hello talk if you want a partner. I’ve made a quizlet too if you want to use it to study. https://quizlet.com/289275016/ttmik-level-1-flash-cards/?x=1jqY&i=1a1tla

  • Czarina S.

    If anyone wants a study partner. Let me know. I’ve made a quizlet for up to lesson 4 so far and I’ll continue to add the rest as I go along. Here’s the link. https://quizlet.com/289275016/ttmik-level-1-flash-cards/?x=1jqY&i=1a1tla

  • ivan

    hi guys hahaha. i already completed this level but i stopped when i reached level 2. Pls help me restudy level 1. My kakao account is Jaeseoook. Hope u can chat me later

  • Zhanna Park

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  • Jenning

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    • VAL

      ill be your study partner!! 🙂

    • Jummy’s Vlog

      Do you want to be my partner….. mind you I’m still try to be a master in Hangul. Let me know if you are interested so I’ll send my kakao talk ID

  • So you’ll say “Jamsimanyo” if u want to pass through?

    • Leandro Guianan

      Yep…as well as, 죄송해요 and 잠깐만요 as per the lesson ^^,

  • Leandro Guianan

    Hey… I hope you guys can help. I am looking for the derivation of the word or phrase: 저기요. What is not making sense to me is that 저기 means over there. Please provide a website address if you have one or an explanation. 감사합니다!

  • Fati Flower

    im looking for some partners !!!

    • sunia_hn

      for what?

    • VAL

      i would like to be your partner!

  • Chaz Sutherland

    So, it seems to me that “죄송합니다” directly infers an apology but never remorse. “I’m sorry” in English has the alternative meaning of conveying remorse, which is why we (over)use it 🙂

    i.e. In the event of telling someone sad news (failing a test, someone dying, etc.,), in English one could say “I’m sorry” to convey remorse but never “I apologize” since—like in Korean—the speaker is not bearing fault.

  • May

    Anyone want a study partnerrrrrr

    • Maddie

      heyaa! how can i contact you?

    • may jeffs

      i have line, facebook,snapchat and hello talk

  • Shamalee christie

    Lets practice Kakao Talk ID: Michluv

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    • Shamalee christie

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      Me too! I’m in kakao talk. My ID is: gitablck

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      hello, I’m up for a study partner too! 🙂

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