20 Essential Korean Phrases For Beginners

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Target level

Low beginners

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



Cassie Casper

Kyung-hwa Sun

Jooyeon Park

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.


  1. 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!!

    • TalkToMeInKorean,

      Many thanks 🙂 한국어 공부 화이팅 !

  2. 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.

    • TalkToMeInKorean,

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

  3. 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?

    • TalkToMeInKorean,

      Thank you for the kind help! 🙂