Beyond Annyeonghaseyo: 15 Useful Korean Phrases For Travellers

In this lesson, we’re going khổng lồ show you how to lớn say “hello” in Korean.

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Learning how to say “hello” in Korean helps you make friends, greet acquaintances, & seem like an overall warm and friendly person! It’s very likely one of the words that you will use most often when visiting Korea or speaking Korean.

There are multiple ways of saying it, and not all of them are polite. Here are the three most common ways that you’ll hear this greeting:


English한국어 (Korean)Formality
Hello 안녕하십니까 (annyeonghasimnikka) Formal
Hello 안녕하세요 (annyeonghaseyo)Standard
Hello 안녕 (annyeong) Informal

What is Hello in Korean?

Generally, there are three ways to lớn say Hello in Korean: The formal way 안녕하십니까 (annyeonghasimnikka), the Standard way 안녕하세요 (annyeonghaseyo), & the informal way 안녕 (annyeong). It’s best khổng lồ use the Standard way in most situations because it can be used for almost everyone. 

Remember that Korean is a hierarchical language. That means you need lớn use the proper formality level or you can come off as offensive sầu for being too casual, or too formal to lớn people you know.

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Below, we’ll show you which phrase you should use và which ones to avoid. Let’s get to it!

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The informal way of saying “hello” is 안녕 (annyeong). You may notice that this is the building blochồng for the standard and formal ways of this greeting. 

안녕 (annyeong) is used in a similar way to how the word ‘hi’ is used in the English language. Make sure lớn only use this greeting with cthảm bại friends or to children since it is informal language.

Is Annyeong hello or goodbye?

안녕 (annyeong) is the informal way of saying hello. However, it can also be used as an informal way of saying “bye.” It can’t be used with anybody toàn thân though, so be mindful of who you’re saying it lớn. 

Associations for Informal “Hello”

For our example, we’ll use a person named “Ann Young“. Ann Young is a student with exemplary manners. She always greets her friends when she sees them and when they part ways.