If you’re an English speaker, it’s understandable that you would want to learn how to say “Have a nice day” in Korean because this is such a common greeting in English. In Korean, however, it is not used that often and it is much more common to just say Goodbye. Nevertheless, learning how to say “Have a nice day” or “Have a good day” in Korean will definitely come in handy. Below, we’ll teach you the informal, polite, and formal ways to say “Have a nice day” in Korean, plus some other related expressions.
“Have A Nice Day” In Korean
좋은 하루 보내 [jo-eun ha-ru bo-nae]
The informal way to say “Have a nice day” in Korean is 좋은 하루 보내 [jo-eun ha-ru bo-nae]. The three main words which make up this expression are 좋다 (to be good/nice), 하루 (one day), and 보내다 (to have/spend time).
In this expression, 좋다 is modifying the noun 하루, and so we must change 좋다 into the noun-modifying form which is 좋은. So, this expression literally says “good/nice” (좋은) “day” (하루) “have” (보내) but translates as “Have a nice day” or “Have a good day” in Korean.
좋은 하루 보내세요 [jo-eun ha-ru bo-nae-se-yo]
The polite way to say “Have a nice day” in Korean is 좋은 하루 보내세요 [jo-eun ha-ru bo-nae-se-yo]. As you can see, this is the same as the informal expression with the imperative ending (으)세요 added. This ending is similar to ‘please’ so 좋은 하루 보내세요 is like saying “Please, have a nice day” in Korean.
좋은 하루 보내십시오 [jo-eun ha-ru bo-nae-sip-si-o]
The formal way to say “Have a nice day” in Korean is 좋은 하루 보내십시오 [jo-eun ha-ru bo-nae-sip-si-o]. As you can see, it is like the informal form with the formal imperative ending (으)십시오 attached.
Here is a simple dialogue you might have when you say “have a nice day” to someone in Korean:
A: 좋은 하루 보내세요. [jo-eun ha-ru bo-nae-se-yo] = Have a nice day!
B: 네, 좋은 하루 보내세요. [ne, jo-eun ha-ru bo-nae-se-yo] = You, too.
Here are some more useful expressions you can use in situations where you would usually say ‘Have a nice day’:
- 좋은 하루 되세요. [jo-eun ha-ru doe-se-yo] = Have a nice day. / Have a good day.
- 오늘 하루 잘 보내세요. [o-neul ha-ru jal bo-nae-se-yo] = Have a nice day. / Have a good day.
- 수고하세요. [su-go-ha-se-yo] = Keep up the good work. / Have a nice day.
Thanks for reading. Before you go, here are some more lessons on common greetings you might be interested in. Have a nice day!