Korean:Self-Introduction(자기 소개)


It's not uncommon to introduce yourself to new people. I remember when I first came to Japan, I didn't know anyone and had to introduce myself to everyone I met. So I think this should be the same for Korean as well. In this journal, we will learn the basic pattern of self-introduction and then list some simple ways to introduce ourselves from our own background, age, hobbies, preferences, work, and so on. From then on, it will be easier for us to introduce ourselves in Korean.

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It's not uncommon to introduce yourself to new people. I remember when I first came to Japan, I didn't know anyone and had to introduce myself to everyone I met. So I think this should be the same for Korean as well.

Following on from the previous article Korean: Greetings and Farewells, in which we talked about ways to greet people we meet for the first time, I'm sure we'll move on to the self-introduction part after the greeting.
Don't worry, in this blog we will learn the basic pattern of self-introduction and then list some simple ways to introduce ourselves from our own background, age, hobbies, preferences, work, etc. Let's learn how to introduce ourselves in Korean. Let's make it easier for us to introduce ourselves in Korean from now on.

The basic form of Self-Introduction(자기 소개)

The most basic self-introduction is roughly, 1) greeting, 2) give your name, 3) ending, these three steps.

1) greeting

안녕하세요.

hello

처음 뵙겠습니다.

nice to meet you.


2) give your name

저는 ~ 입니다.

I am ~.

There is also a more formal and modest expression that is often used.

저는 ~ 라고 합니다.

My name is ~.

Or this kind of correction to some of the scriptures.

제 이름은 ~ 입니다.

My name is ~.


3) ending

만나서 반갑습니다.

Nice to meet you.

잘 부탁드립니다

Please teach me more(be nice to me) in the future.


The above is a basic introduction of yourself. Of course, this is a very concise way to introduce yourself, but if you were to spend two or three minutes introducing yourself, the content would be monotonous. The following sections will be enriched with basic information and a few self-introduction phrases.

자기 소개: Background

When you are abroad, you are often asked for information about your nationality and hometown, so you can add country, hometown, and general information about your living area to your introduction.
The following is a question-and-answer section, which can be studied together with the question.

Q:

어느 나라에서 왔나요?

Which country are you from?

어느 나라 사람입니까?

where are you from?

A:

대만 사람이에요.

I'm from Taiwan.

타이중에서 왔습니다.

I am from Taichung.


Q:

어디에 살고 있습니까?

Where do you live?

A:

일본에 살고 있습니다.

I live in Japan.


Q:

직장은 어디입니까?

Where is your job?

A:

일본에서 일을하고 있습니다.

I am working in Japan.

자기 소개: Age

Age is also information that will most likely be asked for. You can also add it to your profile as appropriate.

Q:

몇 살입니까?

How old are you?

A:

저는 ~살입니다.

I am ~ years old.

저는 서른 여섯살입니다.

I am 36 years old.

For more information on age figures, please refer to this article.Korean:Knowing how to pronounce and use numbers such as age, time, money and phone number.

자기 소개: Hobbies

This is a great topic to add. It's a great way for people who have just met you to continue the conversation with you through this content.

Q:

취미는 무엇입니까?

What is your hobby?

A:

제 취미는 ~ 입니다.

My hobby is ...

~ here you can substitute your own interests into it. Please refer to the table below.

EnglishKoreanAnother Korean Usage
travel여행여행하는 것
listening music음악 감상음악을 듣는 것
redaing독서책을 읽는 것
sports운동운동하는 것

~하는 것 means "the thing that do ...". 것 means "the thing".

If you like to watch Korean dramas or listen to Korean pop music, then you can say

한국 드라마를 자주 봅니다.

Often watch Korean dramas.

KPOP를 잘 듣고있습니다.

Listen to a lot of Korean pop music.


If you like cooking, you can use this sentence.

한국요리를 좋아해요.

I like cooking.

자기 소개: Favorite Food

Food is also a good topic to talk about, and food preferences can certainly be included in your introduction.

Q:

좋아하는 음식은 무엇입니까?

What is your favorite food?

A:

내 좋아하는 음식은 [오므라이스]입니다.

My favorite food is [omelet rice].(You can replace the content in [ ] with your own preferences.)


On the other hand, if you want to say that there is something you don't like, like wine, then you can say

술을 안 좋아합니다.

Don't like to drink

자기 소개: Favorite Sport

If you are interested in sports, you can elaborate more on the sports. Below is a list of common sports terms.

EnglishKorean
skiing스키
swiming수영
hiking등산
running운영
baseball야구
soccer축구
basketball농구
badminton배드민턴
volleyball배구
table tennis당구

자기 소개: Job

Job is also a good topic for extending the conversation. And of course, it is up to you to decide whether or not to include it in your introduction.

Q:

당신의 직업은 무엇입니까?

What is your job?

저의 직업은 ~ 이에요.

My job is ~

Such as employee(회사원),software engineer(소프트웨어 엔지니어)...etc. can be used. The terms related to careers are organized in this articleKorean: Introduction to Occupational Titles.

Finally, Exchange Contact Information

What should I do if I feel I can keep in touch after meeting new people?
Here's how to ask for the phone number, of course you can also change the phone number to Facebook, Instagram, Line... etc.

전화 번호를 알려주시겠습니까?

Could you give me your phone number?

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