Korean: Greetings and Farewells


This note is a compilation of greeting and good-bye phrases, each of which is selected from several common sentence patterns. After mastering these, you can easily greet or say goodbye to your Korean friends.

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This note is a compilation of greeting and good-bye phrases, each of which is selected from several common sentence patterns. After mastering these, you can easily greet or say goodbye to your Korean friends.

Greetings Top1: Hello -> 안녕하세요?

Let's take a look at the "hello" sayings that can be used in a variety of settings.

  • For use with older seniors, the supervisor.
안녕하십니까?
  • For use with close elders.
안녕하세요?
  • For use with younger generation, friend.
안녕?

Greeting Top2: Did you sleep well? -> 잘 잤어요?

Use it for occasions when you met yesterday and then again this morning. This occasion usually occurs in families and can be used when you see your family members in the morning.

  • For use with older elders, ex: grandfather, grandmother.
안녕히 주무셨습니까?
안녕히 주무셨어요?
  • For use with elders, ex: parents.
잘 잤어요?
  • For use with younger generation, friend.
잘 잤어?

Greeting Top3: How's it going? -> 잘 지내세요?

Used for people who haven't seen each other for a while.

잘 지내세요?

Greeting Top4: First Meeting -> 처음 뵙겠습니다.

For people who are meeting each other for the first time, it is common to say "Hello" 안녕하십니까? before using it.

처음 뵙겠습니다.

Farewells Top1: Please go well / Take care of yourself! -> 안녕히 가세요./안녕히 계세요.

The two are very similar, but there is a distinction between them, so use them carefully.
It is important to be clear whether you are the one leaving or the one delivering*.

안녕히 가세요.

가세요 is derived from 가다, which means "please go", so the meaning of the whole sentence is "please go well".
Therefore, it is said to the person who is leaving by the person who is seeing him off.

안녕히 계세요.

계세요 is derived from 계시다, which is the honorific term for 있다. 있다 means "be, have".
Therefore, the phrase "please be well" means "take care of yourself".
Therefore, it is said by the one who is leaving to the one who is seeing them off (staying in place).

Farewells Top2: Be Careful on the Road -> 조심해서 가세요.

Equivalent to "안녕히 가세요". Exhort those who leave to be safe.

조심해서 가세요.

Farewells Top3: See You Again -> 또 만나요.

You can use this sentence when you expect to see each other again or when you have made an appointment to meet again.

  • Polite Usage for Formal Occasions
또 만납시다.
  • Polite Usage for Informal Occasions
또 만나요.
  • For use with younger generation, friends.
또 마나자.

Farewells Top4: Keep in touch. -> 또 연락하겠습니다.

It can be used for scenes that will be reconnected later.

  • Polite Usage for Formal Occasions
또 연락하겠습니다.
  • Polite Usage for Informal Occasions
또 연락할게요.
  • For use with younger generation, friends.
또 연락할게.

This can be followed by the response, "wait for your call".

  • Polite Usage for Formal Occasions
연락기다리겠습니다.
  • Polite Usage for Informal Occasions
연락 기다릴게요.

Farewells Top5: Please teach me more in the future. -> 또 연락하겠습니다.

This is a very common final sentence that is used when introducing oneself.

앞으로 잘 부탁드립니다.

Please teach me more in the future.

Final Note: Nice to meet you!

The phrase "it was nice to meet you" is also very often used in the context of a first meeting. So at the end, I'd like to add to that usage.

  • Polite Usage for Formal Occasions
만나서 반가웠습니다.
  • Polite Usage for Informal Occasions
만나서 반가워요.

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