Classroom Korean

Whether you’re learning Korean in a classroom, or you are a teacher teaching Korean students, learning classroom Korean can be incredibly useful.

If you’re learning Korean in a classroom, by learning classroom Korean expressions you’ll be able to understand you’re Korean teacher’s instructions and follow along with the lesson better.

Or if you’re teaching English in Korea, learning classroom Korean can also be beneficial. You’ll be able to understand you’re students better, help out lower level students, and communicate better with co-teachers and Korean co-workers.

In this post, we have put together a list of useful classroom Korean Expressions that you can use in the classroom. These Korean classroom expressions are written in both the Korean alphabet and in English letters. If you would like to learn how to read the Korean letters, check out our complete Korean alphabet guide.

Classroom Korean – 30 Useful Korean Classroom Expressions and Phrases

Here is a list of useful classroom Korean expressions you can use in the classroom:

  • 수업 시작해요 [su-eop si-jak-hae-yo] – (We will) start the class.
  • 빨리 들어오세요 [ppal-ri deu-reo-o-se-yo] – Please come in quickly.
  • 자리에 앉으세요 [ja-ri-ae an-jeu-se-yo] – Please sit on your seat.
  • 조용히 하세요 [jo-yong-hi ha-se-yo] – Please be quiet.
  • 책을 펴세요 [chae-geaul pyeo-se-yo] – Please open your book.
  • 여기를 보세요 [yeo-gi-reul bo-se-yo] – Please look here.
  • 대화를 잘 들으세요 [dae-hwa-reul jal deu-reu-se-yo] – Please listen carefully to the conversation.
  • 답을 고르세요 [da-beul go-reul-se-yo] – Please choose the correct answer.
  • 큰 소리로 따라 하세요 [keun so-ri-ro tta-ra ha-se-yo] – Please repeat after me loudly.
  • 큰 소리로 읽으세요 [keun so-ri-ro il-geu-se-yo] – Please read loudly.
  • 공책에 쓰세요 [gong-chae-ge sseu-se-yo] – Please write in your notebook.
  • 책을 덮으세요 [chae-geul deo-peu-se-yo] – Please close your book.
  • 이 단어를 외우세요 [I da-neo-reul oe-u-se-yo] – Please memorize this word.
  • 큰 소리로 대답하세요 [keun so-ri-ro dae-da-pa-se-yo] – Please answer loudly.
  • 큰 소리로 말하세요 [keun so-ri-ro mal-ha-se-yo] – Please speak loudly.
  • 다시 하세요 [da-si ha-se-yo] – Please do it again.
  • 친구와 이야기하세요 [chin-gu-wa i-ya-gi-ha-se-yo] – Please talk with your friend.
  • 친구와 연습하세요 [chin-gu-wa yeon-seu-pa-se-yo] – Please practice with your friend.
  • 손을 드세요 [so-neul deu-se-yo] – Please raise your hand.
  • 손을 내리세요 [so-neul nea-ri-se-yo] – Please put your hand down.
  • 자리에서 일어나세요 [ja-ri-e-seo i-reo-na-se-yo] – Please stand up from your seat.
  • 여기에 나오세요 [yeo-gi-e na-o-se-yo] – Please come over here.
  • 발표하세요 [bal-pyo-ha-se-yo] – Please give a speech.
  • 자리에 들어가세요 [ja-ri-e deu-reo-ga-se-yo] – Please go back to your seat.
  • 질문 있어요? [jil-mun i-sseo-yo] – Do you have a question?
  • 알겠어요? [al-ge-sseo-yo] – Do you (understand)?
  • 숙제를 내세요 [suk-je-reul nae-se-yo] – Please hand in your homework.
  • 다음 시간까지 숙제하세요 [da-eum si-gan-kka-ji suk-je-ha-se-yo] – Please do your homework by next class.
  • 다음 시간에 봐요 [da-eum si-ga-ne bwa-yo] – See you next time.
  • 잘했어요 [jal-hae-sseo-yo] – You did well.

To listen to a native Korean speaker pronouncing these Korean classroom expressions, check out this great video from Korean Arah. Watch the video and listen and repeat the Korean classroom expressions.

Classroom Korean Expressions In More Detail

Let’s look at some of these classroom Korean expressions in more detail to help you learn these useful Korean words and phrases.

수업 시작해요 [su-eop si-jak-hae-yo]

At the start of the class, to let the students know that the class is started, the teacher may want to say “We will start the class”. To say this in Korean your would say 수업 시작해요. This classroom expressions is made up of 수업 (class) + 시작하다 (to start). When conjugated in the present tense, 수업 + 시작하다 becomes 수업 시작해요.

조용히 하세요 [jo-yong-hi ha-se-yo]

To tell students to be quiet in a polite way in a Korean classroom the teacher would say “조용이 하세요”. This classroom expression is made up of the adverb 조용히 (quietly) +하다 (to do) + ~(으)세요 ( imperative ending). So 조용히 하세요 literally means ‘quietly do please’ and translates as ‘Please be quiet.’ in English.

책을 펴세요 [chae-geaul pyeo-se-yo]

This useful Korean classroom expression means ‘open your book please’. This expression is made up of 책 (book) + 을 (object marking particle) + 펴다 (to open) + ~(으)세요 (imperative). So, 책을 펴세요 literally means ‘book open please’ and translates as ‘Open your book, please.’ in English.

책을 덮으세요 [chae-geul deo-peu-se-yo]

To tell students to close their book in Korean a teacher would say 책을 덮으세요. This is the same as the previous expression, but with 덮다 (to close) instead of 펴다 (to open).

자리에 앉으세요 [ja-ri-ae an-jeu-se-yo]

In a Korean classroom, to tell students to sit down, a teacher would say 자리에 앉으세요. This expression is made up of 자리(seat) +에 (location marking particle) + 앉다 (to sit) +~(으)세요 (imperative). Together this becomes 자리에 앉으세요 (Please sit on your seat.)

자리에서 일어나세요 [ja-ri-e-seo i-reo-na-se-yo]

To ask students to stand up from their seats in Korean, you would say 자리에서 일어나세요. This is the same expression as above with the verb 일어나다 (to get up) instead of 앉다 (to sit).

손을 드세요 [so-neul deu-se-yo]

To tell students in a polite way to raise their hand in Korean, a teacher would say 손을 드세요. This is made up of 손 (hand) +을 (object marking particle) + 들다 (to raise/lift) + ~(으)세요 (imperative). Together this becomes 손을 드세요 (Please raise your hand).

손을 내리세요 [so-neul nea-ri-se-yo]

To tell students to put their hands down in a polite way in Korean, a teacher would say 손을 내리세요. This is the same as the expression above but with 내리다 (to descend / go down) instead of 들다 (to raise/lift). 손을 내리세요 means “Please put your hand down.”

잘했어요 [jal-hae-sseo-yo]

To praise students in a Korean classroom and tell them they did a good job, you can say 잘했어요. This is made up of 잘 (well) + 했다 (past tense of do = did). When conjugated in the past tense with the polite ending 요 this becomes 잘 했어요 (Well done. / You did well.)


Thanks for reading. I hope you can use these useful Korean classroom expressions in the classroom. Before you go, don’t forget to check out other free Korean language lessons, How To Read The Korean Alphabet, including Korean Vocabulary Lessons and free online Korean Lessons.