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Essential Korean Terms for Travellers!

Travelling to a new country is on the bucket list of many people, whether it be going on a solo trip after you finish your studies or a big trek around the world when you’re older – we all want to have a bit of an adventure. And Korea is the perfect place for both a short visit or, preferably, a long stay!

But no matter how strong your wonderlust may be, travelling to Korea can be quite daunting if you’re not that fluent with the language. And although cities like Seoul, Incheon and Daegu are extremely foreigner friendly, it doesn’t hurt to have a few Korean words, phrases and questions on standby when you’re travelling.

So in order to kickstart your survival Korean studies, we’ve created some flashcards that’ll be sure to help you along your travels!

Greetings!

These will probably be the easiest terms to remember, since you’ll be saying AND hearing them a lot…

Tip: If someone says this to you, the standard response is simply to repeat the saying with Ne‘ (Yes) at the beginning! E.g. Ne, annyeong-haseyo. 

And if you would like to greet someone formally, whether it’s meeting someone older than you or a stranger, it’s polite to say;

 

Other useful greetings include;

Tip: A simple response to this question is; 잘지내요  ‘Jaljinaeyo‘, which means ‘I’m fine‘.

 

Travel Phrases

All of the following basic phrases will come in handy at any point during your travels in Korea, whether you’re having communication problems or need help with directions!

Tip: If you’d prefer using the formal version, then say 영어를 하심니까Yeong-eo-reul has-im-nikka

Tip: Another way to say ‘I understand’ is;

  • 아랐어요 / Arasseoyeo (formal)
    or
  • 알았어 / Arasseo (informal)

 

 

Crucial Korean

These following phrases are probably some of the most important to remember, especially if you’re travelling without on your own or without a guide.

 

Want to explore Korea? Download our free 72 Hours in Seoul Travel Guide here!

 

Feature Image Source: ©mathew-schwartz-501587-unsplash, 18.04.2018, unslapsh

Claudia Deborah (이보라)

Local book dealer by day - goblin writer by night. Always looking for ways to include obscure SHINee references in my articles.

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