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Korean Phrases & Words: Saying Hello & Bye

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When you start learning Korean, the first thing you’ll learn are basic Korean words and Korean phrases. Or like some of us, you learn the bad words first! But that’s another lesson… First things first!

Learn “Hi” or “Hello” in Korean.

(Know Hangul? I hope you do. If not, learn the Korean Alphabet – Hangul)

1) 안녕하세요 – annyeong-haseyo – Hello (formal)

Actually, it means pretty much all of these  “Hello, Hey, Hi, How are you,  Good Morning, Good Afternoon, Good Evening.

2) 안녕 – annyeong – Hello (Informal)

3) 여보세요 – yeboseyo – Hello (on the phone)

Well, since we’re here, may as well learn how to say “Bye” in Korean! That way, if you can practice your  “HI!” and “BYE!” and leave a Korean very very confused as to why you only said hi and bye.

There are 2 ways of saying “Bye” in Korean.

1) When you are leaving them! 

안녕히 계세요 – annyeong-higyeseyo

2) When they are leaving you!

안녕히 가세요 – annyeong-gaseyo

There you go!

– The Main Junkie

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hehe, aren’t you forgetting something? :)

one can just say:

– annyeong’seyo (formal) – the final “yo” is what matters!
– annyeong (informal)

for both “hi” & “bye”