Useful Korean Words and Phrases
“Good job” in Korean
잘 했어 jal haess-eo
This phrase is useful when praising students for a good job. Students need positive reinforcement, especially in ESL. One trick when you have a class that is getting distracted is to praise the student that is doing the right thing, or participating well.
“Teacher” in Korean
That would be you in the ESL classroom. You might hear this phrase a lot when teaching younger students trying to get your attention.
“English” in Korean
It pays to know how to say your own language in Korean. When working with students who have little English it can serve as a reminder to try to use English when possible.
“Excuse me” in Korean
This is useful all of the time. Korea gets pretty crowded this phrase can save you.
“Stop it” in Korean
This is another phrase that might come in handy in the classroom and outside.
“Hello/Goodbye” in Korean
안녕하세요 – An-nyeong-ha-se-yo
You’ll be hearing/using this a lot. It’s usually the first thing you hear walking into a shop, restaurant, or most rooms in Korea.
“Nice to meet you” in Korean
반갑습니다 – Ban-gap-sum-ni-da
“Thank you” in Korean
감사합니다 – Kam-sa-ham-ni-da
“Excuse me/just a moment” in Korean
잠시만요 – Jam-shi-man-yo
If you are in a rush or others are in a rush.
“I’m sorry” in Korean
최성합니다/미안합니다 – Chway-seong-ham-ni-da/Mi-an-ham-ni-da
“Please” in Korean
주세요 – Ju-se-yo
This can mean, please give me… For instance at a restaurant: Coca Cola ju-se-yo.
“Take out/remove” in Korean
빼주세요 – Bbae-ju-se-yo
In Korea there are often food items and toppings that you might want to tell them not to add (corn on pizza anyone?)