50 Basic Korean Words | Must Know Korean Vocabulary For Beginners

Basic Korean Words

Once you learn these 50 basic Korean words you’ll be surprised just how fast you can start speaking in Korean! If you’re a beginner Korean language learner, after learning how to read the Korean alphabet the next thing you should learn is some basic Korean vocabulary.

Not only will this help you practice reading Korean words, but it will also help you to start speaking in Korean. Below you’ll find 50 common and basic Korean words for beginners. To help you learn these words, each of the Korean words below is written in Hangul (Korean characters) with English romanization and includes the English meaning. You’ll also be able to download a free PDF of these Korean words so you can study them at your own pace. Let’s get started.

Basic Korean Words For Beginners

50 Basic Korean Words | Must Know K...
Korean WordPronunciationEnglish
안녕하세요[an-nyeong-ha-se-yo]hello
고맙습니다[go-map-seum-ni-da]thank you
[ne]yes
아니요[a-ni-yo]no
아마도[a-ma-do]maybe
주세요[ju-se-yo]please/please give me
죄송합니다[joe-song-ham-ni-da]sorry
안녕히 가세요[an-nyeong-hi ga-se-yo]goodbye (when other person leaving)
안녕히 계세요[an-nyeong-hi gye-se-yo]goodbye (when you are leaving)
하다[ha-da]to do
먹다[meok-da]to eat
가다[ga-da]to go
오다[o-da]to come
보다[bo-da]to see
아침[a-chim]morning/breakfast
점심[jeom-sim]lunch
저녁[jeo-nyeok]evening/dinner
[bam]night
이름[i-reum]name
가족[ga-jok]family
공원[gong-won]park
은행[eun-haeng]bank
편의점[pyeo-ni-jeom]convenience store
버스[beo-seu]bus
[cha]car
기차[gi-cha]train
비행기[bi-haeng-gi]airplane
지하철[ji-ha-cheol]subway
식당[sik-dang]restaurant
병원[byeong-won]hospital
학교[hak-gyo]school
[jip]house
[bang]room
화장실[hwa-jang-sil]restroom
왼쪽[oen-jjok]left
오른쪽[o-reun-jjok]right
[il]day
[ju]week
주말[ju-mal]weekend
[wol]month
[nyeon]year
[bun]minute
[si]hour
어디[eo-di]where
언제[eon-je]when
어떻게[eo-tteo-ke]how
[mwo]what
이거[i-geo]this
저거[jeo-geo]that
(object is far from both speaker and listener)
그거[geu-geo]that
(object is far from the speaker, close to the listener)

Basic Korean Words PDF

Basic Korean Words PDF

To help you practice and learn these Korean words, you can download and print this PDF for free. Included are 50 basic Korean words with English meaning, romanization, and a space for you to write the word.

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