Sunday, September 30, 2012

Hello, Good bye!

    Here is a good visual of the letters that you should remember from the Alphabet and Vowels posts. The vowel combinations, we haven't gone over, but it's easy enough to understand. You just combine one vowel with another to get the sound you're looking for. Like the a in "Caitlyn" and as stated below, "sale", you make the ㅏㅣ combination.

   If you weren't really able to figure out your name in Korean, this is a great way to easily make it now!

Let's move onto greetings. I used a website I found called, which is associated with Professor Oh videos. Here is the page of the greetings.

There are two ways to say hello

One is 안녕하세요 (ahn nyeong hah seh yo) 
which is the formal way to say it. Mostly used.

Another is 안녕 (ahn nyeong)
This one is very informal. You can use it with good friends or as a casual hello.
Don't use this with meeting new people, it's a sign of disrespect. 

There is a third one, but it's very formal, and I'm not able to find the correct writing for it. 

Next, to say goodbye, you say 안녕히 가세요 (ahn nyeong hee kah seh yo). It's slightly different, but it makes the difference in saying hello and bye.

예 is yes, 아니오 is no, those two are vital if you ask someone a question.

Next post we will talk more about how to properly present yourself.


  1. I was reading your blog and I noticed you could use little more info:

    안녕히 가세요 is what you say to someone who is leaving your house.

    안녕히 계세요 is what you say to someone who is staying.

    안녕히 가십시오 is the most formal way of saying good-bye.

    1. OH thank you, I did some quick research on your post and you were right. I found this on another blog about Korean Greetings.

      "The greeting used for people who are leaving contains the verb stem ka (가) which means ‘to go’ while the good bye used for people who are staying contains the verb stem ke (계) which means ‘to be'."

      Thank you for your help!