Introduce Yourself in Korean

As a very first assignment/challenge you should learn to introduce yourself in Korean and practice speaking with as many people as possible. So to get you started we’re going to take a quick look at how to introduce yourself. There are a couple small things to kind in mind for later. One, the Korean language has various conjugation systems for formalities. There is a very informal impolite speech, a informal polite speech, a informal polite speech, formal polite speech, a humble speech, and even an honorific speech. Learning all the differences can be a huge headache. For your first attempts at the language it is often best to stick to a formal polite speech so as to avoid causing any offense to anyone. Thus in this quick lesson and in the next few basics lessons we will stick to this form. As you learn more Korean, you can understand better which situations to use which type of speech, and learn more in depth conjugations.

We highly recommend going and learning the Korean alphabet first. It’s actually not too difficult to learn. Our lessons will avoid using any romanization of Korean, including this lesson.


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Introduce Yourself in Korean

As you heard in the video above. We focus on 3 basic sentences to get your started with speaking Korean right away.

Those sentences are: ‘Hello’, ‘I’m _____’, and ‘Nice to meet you.’

So how do we say this in Korean?

안녕하세요.

저는 _____ 입니다.

반갑습니다.

Let’s take a simple look at the three sentences.

안녕하세요. Is a polite ‘Hello’.

반갑습니다. Simple means ‘Nice to meet you’ in a polite way.

It will be useful to take a closer look at our second sentence.

In Korean, a polite way of say ‘I’ is 저. ‘는’ is a particle. We’ll learn more about Korean’s particle system later on. But basically particles are used in a sentence to tell how each word relates to each other. The ‘는’ in our sentence, tells us that ‘저’ is the subject of the sentence.

Next we say our own name, and then ‘입니다’ is the polite way of saying (am/is/are) in Korean.

You’ll notice that in Korean the verbs go at the end of the sentence. In this way Korean is different from English. In English our sentence form is Subject-Verb-Object. But in Korean the sentence form is Subject-Object-Verb.

A simple sentence like. (I like apples). In Korean would need to be (I apples like).

So the same is true with our sentence. I (name) am. 저는 ____ 입니다.

저는 던 입니다. I’m Don.

네, 알겠습니다. 오늘은 여기까지 하겠습니다. 이제는 한국어로 자신을 소개할수 있습니다. 축하합니다!^^~
Alright. That’s all for today. Now you can introduce yourself in Korean. Congratulations! 🙂

안녕하세요.
저는 던 입니다.
반갑습니다.
다음 뵙겠습니다~! (See you next time!)

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