How to Say "Hello" in Korean How to Say “Hello” in Korean

Learning how to say “Hello” in Korean is probably the first thing people want to do. So let’s jump right in.


Honorific Korean Level

안녕하세요 (an-nyeong-ha-se-yo) is “Hello” in Korean.


Bowing while saying “Hello” is customary in Korea.

안녕하세요 is used when greeting strangers and people the same age or older than you.

안녕하세요 is an honorific form of “Hello” in Korean.


안녕 (an-yeong) is “Peace” in Korean.

하세요 (ha-se-yo) is “Do” or “Please do” in Korean.

Therefore, 안녕하세요 literally means do peace or, “Be in peace.”


Good morning.

And in case I don’t see ya…

Good afternoon, good evening, and good night.


Jim Carrey as Truman Burbank


Koreans don’t say good morning, good afternoon, or good evening.

No matter what time it is, the usual greeting is 안녕하세요 (an-nyeong-ha-se-yo).


Informal Korean Level

안녕 (an-nyeong) is also “Hello” in Korean.


안녕 is used when greeting friends or family that you are very close with.


How to Say “Hello” in Korean for Business

안녕하십니까 (an-nyeong-ha-shim-ni-kka) is also “Hello” in Korean


This is a very formal and polite way to say hello.

안녕하십니까 can be heard in business situations, news casts, public speaking or other formal situations.

You probably won’t use 안녕하십니까 but it is good to know.


Learn Korean Language Tips

Make sure to use the correct politeness level of “Hello” in Korean based on Korean Honorifics.


Korean Honorifics

(also explained in Lesson 1)

♦     Korean honorifics is a system used to change speech based on relation, age, and seniority of people involved.

♦     Korean honorifics also change based on situation.

♦     Speech also changes in English based on what situation you are in.

Ex. Business meeting, church, school, wedding, with friends, etc.


안녕하세요 should be used instead of 안녕 if you are not sure which to use.


It is better to be too polite than too rude.

Koreans take their honorific language seriously but understand if you make a mistake.


How to Say “Hello” in Korean on the Phone

여보세요 (yo-bo-se-yo) is “Hello” in Korean on the phone.


Only use 여보세요 when using the phone.

The politeness form of this never changes based on Korean honorifics.

When using the phone in Korea, both people say 여보세요.




A: How have you been?

B: Blah blah blah…


I challenge you to say 안녕하세요 to 10 Korean people today. Leave a comment to tell me how you did.


(Visited 9,986 times, 3 visits today)

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. You have made some good points there. I checked on the internet for more info about the issue and found most individuals will go along with your views on this site.

  2. This article will assist the internet users for building up
    new website or even a weblog from start to end.

  3. Priligy 60 Mg Preisvergleich Generic Propecia 5mg X Pills [url=]cheapest cialis[/url] Amoxicillin And Clavulanate And Leprosy

Leave a Reply

Close Menu