Top 5 Korean Phrases to Know and Use!

Top 5 Korean Phrases to Know and Use!

1. 네       – sounds like  “gnat” minus the T sound

-phonetic spelling is neh

Neh – means “Yes”

Neh? – means “I’m sorry I missed it, would you please repeat what you just said?”

Neh~ with long “eh” means “ahhhhh, I got it now.”

Nep! With a short “p” sound means “Yes, sir!”

  • You can add sarcasm, surprise, whatever emotions you feel with this simple word.

2. 빨리빨리 – sounds like “ballet ballet”

Pallee Pallee – means “hurry hurry”

  • It’s a harsh “P” sound with your lips puckered and pushing the p through
  • Very useful in any context to hurry someone along

3. 좋아요 – sounds like “Joe Ah Yo”

Joah Yo – means “I like it”

  • Korean conversations omit pronouns
  • Joah  is informal adding “yo” makes it formal

4. 싫어요 – sounds like “Shiruh Yo”

Shiruh Yo– means “I don’t like it”

  • Shiruh is used to express general displeasure
  • It can also mean You don’t want it but it is a strong “NO”
  • Do not use in polite conversations!!  Use No. 5 phrase below for No thanks!

5. 괜찮아요 – sounds like “Gwen Chan Ah Yo”

Gwen Chan Ah Yo – means basically “No thanks or I’m OK”

  • Context 1 – Q. Are you sick?  A. Gwen Chan Ah Yo.
  • Context 2 – Q. Do you want something to drink?  A. Gwen Chan Ah Yo.
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