If you’re out in Dongadaemun, Garosul-gil, or Myeongdong, you are definitely going to need some phrases to help you shop!

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If you’re planning on visiting or living in Korea, then it definitely pays to learn at least a few key Korean phrases. We’ve been there, done that, a It’s embarrassing if people don’t understand you.

If you live here, then you already know how valuable it is to speak at least a bit of Korean. Instead of putting you in that situation, we’ve hand-picked the most commonly used phrases so you can talk the talk with confidence!

The surprising thing most people don’t know is that you can learn the Korean alphabet (Hangul) in less than one hour. Once you learn to read Hangul, you’ll have a vocabulary of hundreds of words right from the start. So if you want to learn conversational Korean, does that mean you need to put in months of study before you can get to ? You can learn basic conversational Korean in only a few days by first learning to read Hangul and then adding a few key Korean phrases into the mix. We’re going to give you plenty of key phrases here, but know that you may be in for a surprise.

Many people think that Korean is too difficult to learn. Since many modern Korean words are taken from English, you’ll be able to recognize them easily as long as you can sound them out.

The reason is, it severely limits you and almost guarantees failure. If you don’t know Hangul, then pronunciation becomes much harder.

Romanized Korean is hard to pronounce even to fluent speakers of Korean. If you don’t know the correct pronunciation for a Korean phrase, you’re not going to recognize it when someone says it to you.

For example, did you know that some Korean credit cards give you the choice of paying for your purchase over one month or multiple month installments?

The installment plans have interest fees, so plan accordingly!

Showing respect as a visitor A large number of Koreans in Seoul can speak at least basic English, so it’s true that you are unlikely to get stranded if you visit or come here to live.