Korean: Basic Conversation Part 1 – Greetings

I am working on Week 2 of the free online Korean Course, First Step Korean provided by Yonsei University on Coursera.

(See the posts from Week 1 on reading and writing hangeul here, here, here and here)

From Week 2 there is no romanization of the letters so will need to work on our reading skills!

001002003 changes in pronunciation


If your name ends in a vowel sound it will be followed by -eyo. If it ends in a consonant sound it will be followed by -ieyo010 no consonant eyo consonant ieyo

Practice reading the names below. ‘I am…’


Try reading the names below, ‘My name is…’016017018019020021

The person who is staying says this – if you are both leaving then you both say it!021a022 person going022a

In this care the girl on the right is staying so she says ‘Please go in peace’ while the girl on the left is leaving so she says ‘ Please stay in peace’023024

There is another way to say think you ‘kamsahamnida’ which is derived from Chinese characters. When someone says ‘thank you’ the common response is ‘anieyo’ literally meaning ‘no’ but actually meaning ‘You’re welcome/ no problem’025026

I have also heard ‘manaso pangapsumnida’ to mean ‘Nice to meet you’

I have heard that you should be careful about using this as it is only used the first time you meet someone – if you use it again it may be taken that you don’t remember meeting them the first time so you could inadvertently offend someone.

Review the vocabulary and practice your writing belowvocab1vocab2

How are you feeling? Do you feel that you have come a long way since you started studying Korean?

I have been half-heartedly listening to Korean music and TV and watching the odd video / listening to the odd podcast for the past few months but it is only in the last week or two that I have started actually studying each day. Despite some of the vocabulary and grammar being familiar to me from Japanese and Chinese I had still felt quite intimidated by Korean. However, after only a little formal study I am already feeling much more confident about learning the language.

I hope the resources I am posting are useful for you in your language-learning journey too.

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