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How to Say Hello In Korean?

How do you say Hello in Korean?
Hello, Korean lovers! Do you want to learn Korean with me? Say yes, I do. Korean drama is addicted, and also their accent is cute and loveable. The culture of Korean in Indonesia is like a worm. Even though you are not a Korean lover, you will automatically understand that Hello in Korean is 안녕하세요 (read as "an nyong ha se yo"). But, do you know that Korean people have a huge expression to greet someone? Keep reading this article in Memrise Student's blog. I am Ruby, will assist you to understand how to say Hello in Korean.

The first thing that we should know about Korean and the people is they uphold the values ​​of decency. So, it's like Bahasa Indonesia, we will easily meet a formal and an informal greetings​, phrases​, gestures​, terms, and particles​. In this section, we will act as if we are strangers in they country. We are tourists who want to make a friend and sight seeing for a couple months.

What is the difference between 안녕하세요 and 안녕?

The question is what should we say when we want to greet someone in Korean for the first meet? Correct! We say 안녕하세요. Can you read it correctly? We can read 안녕하세요 as annyeonghaseo. Should we break it to make you understand Hangul a little bit? Okay, I will do it for you through the picture below. Watch it closely and try to memorize.

How to say Hi in Korean?
Aha! Anyway, when someone say 안녕하세요 to greet you, then it means he/she want to be polite to you. You may and you can reply him with the same greeting. That is 안녕하세요.

Korean people usually used 안녕하세요 only to say Hello to seniors​, strangers​, bosses​, and parents​. But, they also use 안녕하세요 in a formal situation. Then, how about 안녕? What do you think about it?

Shortly, when we want to say Hi to our friends, simply we can say 안녕. It sounds more familiar, casual, and informal. For example: 안녕, 친구! (Read as "an nyong, chin gu"). It means, "Hello guys!"

안녕하세요 = Polite and formal.
안녕 = Casual and informal.

Can you get it? It's easy, right? Okay! Let's give a test to ourselves, how to say Hello in Korean? Just for your information, in Turkish we can say "What's up?" by saying "Naber?", if you don't mind, you may check it by reading the article, titled How to say Hello in Turkish.

I'm curious enough, can we do the same thing in the Korean language? How do we say, "What's up?" in Korean? Do you have an idea to solve this issue? Besides that, am I making too many questions? Hahaha... Chill, bro. Keep calm and stay tune in this article. Because in a short time, I will give you another expression of Hello in Korean. Are you ready to get a bump of this?

How to say what's up in Korean?

What's up?! What happened?

Do you want to hear a news around you? Would you like to greet your friends with a slang term? Hey! It's not only English that have something cool like, "what's up, what happened, what's going on, or whaddaya dooin", Korean also have these cool things.

Commonly, they use a sentence like:
  • 무슨 일이에요? (What's the matter?)
  • 무슨 일입니까? (What happened?)
  • 무슨 일이죠? (What's up?)
  • 왜? 무슨 일 있나? (Why? What's going on?)
  • 뭐? (What?)

What do you thing? Actually, all of them have the same meaning, that's "what's going on?". Or, in a cool sentence, then it would be, "what's up?" But, you can still look formal and polite by using "무슨 일입니까?", or "무슨 일이에요?" for less formal but stay polite.

And, with your friend, you can say, "왜? 무슨 일 있나?" Okay! Are you ready to be a cool young man? Let's try to say "Wazzup?" in our daily life and of course, try to practice our new Korean sentences​.

How to answer a phone call?

Hello? Hello?? Can you hear me? [Answer a phone call]

*Ring ring...* Hello? I'm Ruby. Who's speaking?

Let's say that we are receiving a phonecall from our Korean. If we want to answer it, what should we say? Should we say Hello in English? Or keep giving a respond with our main language?

Umm... The chance is fifty and fifty. But, if I were you, sometimes I want to answer a phonecall in their language. Because, it sounds cool. The question is how to say Hello in Korean, if we receive a phonecall? Does it natural when we say, 안녕하세요? Or, probably 저기요 then act cute like in Korean drama?

Too many question in my mind.

Usually, a Korean will say "여보세요?". It has the same meaning with 안녕하세요. That's "Hello". As we known that 안녕하세요 is used for greeting people that we meet directly. Then, 여보세요 is used to greet someone on a phone or enter an empty house. It similar with saying Excuse me.

How to say Hello in Korean for answering a phonecall?
For example:
  • 안녕하세요, father. How are you?
  • 여보세요, anybody here?
  • 안녕하세요, Mr. Han.
  • 여보세요? Can I speak to Ruby?
  • 안녕하세요! My name is Ruby. I'm a new student. Nice to meet you.
  • 여보세요. Animation office, this is Ruby speaking.

Hey! Give me your feedback according to my explanation. I would love to hear something from you.

How to say "Excuse me" in Korean?

Do you want to get attention from someone in front of you? Do you want to say "Hey, you!" Or, probably say, "Excuse me?" Aha! I have a sort of magic words for you. And, I guess, if you're a Korean lover, I bet you are familiar with these terms.

The first greeting in Korean is 저기요. We can read that as "Cho gi yo". Maybe, you will be confused by the Hangul romanizations. Why did I write it as "cho gi yo" and not "jo gi yo / jeo ki yo"? Aaa, it is because I only wrote as how I pronounce it and how I heard from the natives. Anyway, let's back to topic.

How to say Excuse me in Korean?
In many Korean dramas, it's easy for us to hear a Korean who's trying to get attention or call someone in front of him/her by saying 저기요. It means Hey or Excuse me. He/she said that because probably the people that he/she calls is a stranger.

And, the second is 야! (Read as "ya!"). Have you ever heard it before? This sentence has many meanings. When someone yells at you like that, then it is a sign that he wants your attention. Or, maybe he wants you to stop your activities that he doesn't​ like.

In English, literally we can translate 야 as:
  • Hey, you!
  • Stop it!
  • Hey!
  • Oh my God!
  • Goodness!
  • Oh!
  • Oh, dear!
  • Dear me!
  • Oh, my!
  • My eyes!


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