8 Useful Ways for How to Say Excuse Me in Korean

8 Useful Ways for How to Say Excuse Me in Korean

Maybe you are trying to get the server’s attention at a restaurant but you end up walking over to the server to get help. Maybe a person is standing behind you in the convenience store saying something when you feel a nudge against your back just in time to realize that they were trying to say, “Excuse me.”

Well, this lesson will teach you 8 useful ways for how to say “Excuse me” in Korean.



실례합니다 Excuse Me in Korean

실례합니다 is “Excuse me” in Korean and the dictionary form of the word is 실례하다. 실례합니다 is formal so don’t be afraid to use it when you need to.


1. To get someone’s attention

2. When you need to pass by somebody that is in your way


잠깐만요 & 잠시만요 Excuse Me in Korean

These phrases are very common and you can here them nearly everyday. While these phrases literally mean “Just a moment” they are used to say “Excuse me” quite frequently too. I often hear 잠시만요 when I am at a restaurant and the server wants me to get out of the way so that she may set something on the table.

잠깐 = a moment
잠시 = a moment
만 = only, just

잠깐만요 = Just a moment (Polite)
잠시만요 = Just a moment (Polite)

The syllable 요 on the end of a sentence makes the sentence polite. You may take the 요 off of 잠깐만요 or 잠시만요 to make them informal.

잠깐만 = Just a moment (Informal)
잠시만 = Just a moment (Informal)


1. To get someone’s attention

2. When you need to pass by somebody that is in your way



 저기요 & 여기요 Excuse Me in Korean

저기요 and 여기요 are used to get someone’s attention. You will hear this all of the time in restaurants by patrons trying to grab the attention of a server.

여기요! 물 좀 주세요. = Excuse me! Give me some water please.



Names & Titles for Excuse Me in Korean

When speaking to people you know you should use their name or title instead of saying 저기요 or 여기요.


This method is usually reserved for people younger than you and friends.

혜란아! = Hey Hyeran!
유나야! = Hey Yoona!


This is easy. You can just call people in your family by the word that describes their relationship to you.

하라버지! = Grandpa!
삼촌! = Uncle!

The Korean language treats everybody as if they are one big family so family titles are also used with people that aren’t really your family. Confusing, right?
Imagine that you are in school and there is another girl there that is two years older than you. To get here attention say:

언니! = Older sister!

This word can only be used by a female to an older female. There are more words like this. Check them out.

Korean English Relationship
언니 Older Sister female to female
오빠 Older Brother female to male
누나 Older Sister male to female
Older Brother male to male
행 (Busan dialect) Older Brother male to male


Here are a few more title words that you may use in a similar way:

Korean English Relationship
아저씨 Middle aged man to older male
아줌마 Middle aged woman to older female
이모 Aunt to older female
사장님 Boss to store owner

Remember to take caution when you use these titles because people don’t like to be called “Old” in general. Someone might think you are calling them old if you use a title that doesn’t match their real age but don’t worry, we have all done it.



죄송합니다 Excuse Me in Korean

죄송합니다 is “Sorry” in Korean but it is often used to say “Excuse me” too. You can also use this to ask someone to move out of your way when you want to pass by.

죄송합니다 = Excuse me. (I want to pass by.)


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