20 Essential Korean Phrases For Beginners

Target level

TTMIK Levels 1-2

What can you achieve through this course?

  • Practice speaking while listening and repeating after Kyung-hwa
  • Learn 20 useful phrases with accurate pronunciation

Sample lesson




Course language

Korean, English

What can you find inside the course?

  • 20 lessons
  • Lesson notes containing extra example sentences along with English translation, and explanations about grammar points and differences in usages from similar Korean expressions

Table of contents

  1. 안녕. / 안녕하세요. Hello.
  2. 안녕히 계세요. / 안녕히 가세요. Bye.
  3. 수고하세요. / 수고하셨습니다. Keep up the good work.
  4. 뭐 해? / 뭐 하세요? What are you doing?
  5. 배고파. / 배고파요. I'm hungry.
  6. 뭐 먹을까? / 뭐 먹을까요? What should we eat?
  7. 잘 먹겠습니다. Thank you for the meal.
  8. 잘 먹었습니다. Thank you for the meal.
  9. 여보세요? Hello. (on the phone)
  10. 진짜? / 진짜요? Really?
  11. 당연하지. / 당연하죠. Of course.
  12. 대박! Awesome! / Oh, my god!
  13. 미안해. / 죄송합니다. I'm sorry.
  14. 시간 있어? / 시간 괜찮으세요? Do you have time?
  15. 얼마예요? How much is it?
  16. 저기요! Hey! Excuse me!
  17. 이거 주세요. This one, please.
  18. 오늘 날씨 진짜 좋다. / 오늘 날씨 진짜 좋네요. The weather is really good, today.
  19. 좋아! / 좋아요! Good! Cool!
  20. 내일 봐. / 내일 봬요. I will see you tomorrow.

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  1. Marta Robles Diaz,

    I have enjoyed this course because I like to learn common phrases that can be said in everyday contexts such as in restaurants, stores, with friends. These are the places where if you start speaking a few phrases in Korean you feel like you are making progress and become much more motivated.

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      Thank you for your review!🥰

  2. Larissa Oakley,

    대박이다~ 다 알아요! 너무 행복해요^^ 저는 한국에서 팔 달 부터 살았어요. TTMIK 많이 도와줬어요.정말 감사해요 😊

    • 유승완,

      우와! 축하해요^^ TTMIK과 공부해 주셔서 감사해요😄 다른 코스도 재밌게 공부하세요!

  3. sama eskandari,

    Very helpful to review. Thank you TTMIK.

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      감사합니다 🙂

  4. Miss A.J,

    This is amazing, thank u so much.
    By the way, Do you have a course about topic and subject markers? Would be trully helpfull.

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      Regarding the topic and subject markers, we recommend purchasing our Korean Grammar Textbooks and taking our Essential Courses!

  5. Carmen J Cardenas,

    Amazing! Step by step! Speaking aloud! Congratulations TTMIK team!

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      Thank you!

  6. Jas Y,

    This was fun! i liked how it was broken down into small chunks. It made learning feel easy and complemented well to other courses 🙂
    Thank you!!

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      You are welcome! Enjoy studying Korean with us. 😃

  7. Ian Paul B. Saligumba,

    I fully understood this course because it is simple. How I wish learning Korean is simple like this course 😅

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      That’s amazing!
      🙂 Thank you for studying Korean with us.

  8. Tay,

    I attended language courses in Korea but they didn’t teach us quite a lot of these essential words and phrases, so thank you so much! This is really helpful and handy! I’ve got a question though, can 수고하세요 be used when leaving a convenience store or it’s better to use something else as a goodbye?

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      Thank you for your nice words!
      Your example is a perfect occasion where you can use 수고하세요. It is fine to say that. 🙂

  9. Greg Foy,

    Thankyou for this very practical course. It was very helpful and it reinforced many of the phrases I learned in the Essential Level 1 course.

    Just one thing. Many of the lessons had this underneath

    “You can watch the full video where all the phrases are introduced by clicking on the link here: https://talktomeinkorean.com/pages/20essentialphrases

    However the link leads to page not found. Where will I be able to find this video? Thankyou

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      Thank you for your feedback!
      We apologize for the confusion. The link leads to this course, and you have watched the full video here. 🙂

    • Celina,

      The full video is on YouTube.

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      Could you send the video you referred to? 🙂 Thank you for studying with us!

    • Greg Foy,

      No worries. For example, at the end of the text in lessons 8 through to lesson 20 it says:

      “You can watch the full video where all the phrases are introduced by clicking on the link here: https://talktomeinkorean.com/pages/20essentialphrases

      But when I click on the link there isn’t a full video where all the phrases are introduced. Instead, it says:
      “This road is blocked. Our search bar below will help you find the way!”

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      Please send us an email by clicking on the “Questions?” button. We are happy to help!

  10. karleen ellis,

    This is a great course, after doing level 1 i was worried i wasn’t retaining anything but this course affirmed that i am learning. Thank you!!

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      Many thanks 🙂 한국어 공부 화이팅 !

  11. Bridget,

    Great course, I really liked that they presented both the casual and formal versions of phrases since beginners need to be aware of the differences and might not know how to alter the formality level themselves yet. I also appreciate the short videos that presented visuals and listen and repeat exercises. Great course for low beginners.

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      Thank you so much for your comment ! Hope you continue to enjoy learning Korean with us 🙂

  12. Tan Sally,

    Can you pls tell me how to pronounce What are you eating? And what are you drinking? In Korean..

    • Ana Paula Siqueira,

      I’m just a fellow student, but I think I can help you.
      What are you eating? – 뭐 먹어요?
      What are you drinking? – 뭐 마셔요?

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      Thank you for the kind help! 🙂