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Useful Korean Words and Phrases




korean good job“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.









how to say teacher in korean


“Teacher” in Korean


선생 Seonsaeng


That would be you in the ESL classroom.  You  might hear this phrase a lot when teaching younger students trying to get your attention.





how to say english in korean


“English” in Korean


영어 yeong-eo


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.



how to say excuse me in korean


“Excuse me” in Korean


실례합니다  Sillyehabnida


This is useful all of the time.  Korea gets pretty crowded this phrase can save you.





how to say stop it in korean “Stop it” in Korean


멈춰 meomchwo

This is another phrase that might come in handy in the classroom and outside.





how to say hello in korean


“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.




translate nice to meet you


“Nice to meet you” in Korean


반갑습니다 – Ban-gap-sum-ni-da





how to say thank you korean


“Thank you” in Korean


감사합니다 – Kam-sa-ham-ni-da




how to say excuse me in korean


“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 korean


“I’m sorry” in Korean


최성합니다/미안합니다 – Chway-seong-ham-ni-da/Mi-an-ham-ni-da



how to say please in korean


“Please” in Korean


주세요 – Ju-se-yo


This can mean, please give me…  For instance at a restaurant: Coca Cola ju-se-yo.



remove in korean


“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?)