Level 1 Lesson 1 / Hello, Thank you / 안녕하세요, 감사합니다

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Welcome to the very first lesson at TalkToMeInKorean.com! If you are an absolute beginner of the Korean language, start with this lesson and practice with us. Don’t worry if you do not know how to read and write in Korean yet. We will guide you through every step of learning Korean. In this lesson, you can learn how to say “Hello.” and “Thank you.” in Korean.

“Hello.” is “안녕하세요. [an-nyeong-ha-se-yo]” and “Thank you.” is “감사합니다. [gam-sa-hap-ni-da]” If you already know how to say these expressions, listen to the lesson to find out how to say them most naturally. If you can make a video of yourself saying these expressions, that would be FANTASTIC!


You can view the PDF here or download it here, or if you want to study with our TalkToMeInKorean textbooks, you can get them here. And after you learn the basics, try writing your own Korean sentences and get corrections from native speakers through HaruKorean, our 1:1 correction service.

  • Leiza

    This site is a really great one! More powers to the team! Kamsahamnida :)

  • eylül

    ı couldnt dowload mp3 pleas hellpp :(

    • Djou63

      just do a right-click on the mp3 link and click on “save link as…”. That way you can download the file ^^

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  • Edwin Cortes

    I am trying to learn the Korean Language, i am not a speaker english, but i know the necessary to understand you, I watched your first video and i seem very good to learn to mem, thank you too much!

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  • christina hoxha


    • 테레사

      you wanted a correction right?
      so here it is: 안녕
      the romanisation is: annyeong, so you forgot the 2nd ‘n’ if you know what I mean ^^

    • christina hoxha

      Thank you

    • christina hoxha


      2015-02-17 17:24 GMT+02:00, Christina Oxa :

    • amelia

      just correction ur sentence. the right sentence is
      제 이름은 크리스티나 입니다.


    • christina hoxha


      2015-02-17 17:24 GMT+02:00, Christina Oxa :

    • christina hoxha


      2015-02-17 19:38 GMT+02:00, christina hoxha :

    • christina hoxha

      체일음은 is that right for my name???

      2015-02-17 19:39 GMT+02:00, christina hoxha :

  • christina hoxha


  • christina hoxha


  • christina hoxha

    Who tells me if that is right? Thank you.

  • Angel

    와~ 이렇게 쓰도 돼요? 안녕하세요 전 멜렉이예요 한국어로 천사입니다. 채가 2년동안 한국말 배웠어요. 그래도 아직 잘 모르니까 한국사람들과 채팅할때 좀 무서워요 그래서 한국말을 다시 시작했어요. 이 웹사이트 정말 좋았어요. 감사합니다. ~ ㅋㅋㅋ

    • Chiggy Park

      한국어 정말 잘하시네요!
      You are good at Korean.
      Where are you from? If you are a English speker, I want to be your E-mail freinds.
      When I send an Email in English, you can fix and advice my letter.
      After that you send a new Email in Korean, I can help your Korean leaning, too. :)
      If we exchange mail in both language many times, We will have good language skill gradually! :)
      My Email adress : pmji1030@hanmail.net
      I hope your reply. Bye!

  • sheera gomez

    i really want to learn korean
    can you teach me

  • sheera gomez

    i really really want to please

    cause i have m,any friends a korean and i dont know thier language
    so can you help me…

  • Dave

    gam-sa-hap-ni-da and thank you from an American idiot. I appreciate a concentration on vocabulary and phonetics so I hope to listen to your podcast often to gain a better understanding of your language and culture.

  • Siska Kallentina

    전 씨카이예요. 채가 3개월동안 한국말 배웠어요.난 12 월 년전에 그것을 중지어요. 오늘은이 웹 사이트를 발견어요. 난 다시 한국말 배울 것입니다. 내가 응원해 주십시요.
    고맙습니다 ^^

  • Guest

    hello i really like it this web site it is so easy and interesting to learn korean

  • sa123rang


    i really like this web site it is so easy and interesting to learn !
    I wonder why i cant see the korean characters here ..i see only empty circles.
    i would like to see what write other people in comments ., i dont know why . Is it not allowed in my country to see the Hangul characters ?
    …….but however i can see everything only in pdf files from this site thanks for uploading them.

    • TheNerdyOne

      Your system probably doesn’t have support for korean locale installed.

      On most GNU/Linux distributions: if you use GNOME, simply install “ibus-hangul” and reboot if needed, then set Korean(Hangul) on “Settings->Region & Language->Input sources”.
      On Windows 7: I guess the answer in the link below could help, but i can’t test it since i’m not a Windows user.

      Search for “Hangul support for [My system]”, “Display asian characters on [My system]”, “Asian language support for [My system]” and similar on your favorite search engine(Google, DuckDuckGo, etc…).

    • sa123rang

      thank you so much for informaton ;))

  • Ash

    Annyeonghaseyo for the free lessons! i wish i knew about this website before i went on a 1 week vacation to Seoul! I bet it would have been sooo much more fun! Hongdae, Itaewon, Sinchon, and Gangnam was so much fun! i will be sure to go back there in the future!

    • Ash

      hhmmm i meant “annyeonghaseyo and Gamsahapnida for the free lessons!” XD

    • Ash

      hi same guy here ^. i meant “Annyeonghaseyo and gamsahapnida for the free lessons!”

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  • Evelina Lossi

    안녕하세요, 캄사합니다,!

  • ジョン

    안녕하세요, ありが-..err, 감사합니다!

  • DarkbloomTV .

    Anyone knows a good way how to learn pronunciation? I memorized all of Hangeul characters, I know basic phrases and REALLY basic grammar but I just can’t figure out how to pronounce stuff… It doesn’t help that English is also not my first language and most of sites use English pronunciation (which I’m not the best at) to tell you how to pronounce something in Korean.

    I noticed ㄱ sound like g or k, I read somewhere that you should say it like “k” if it’s the beginning of the word and “g” otherwise but I found A LOT of exceptions to this rule. Is there any rule concerning this or you just have to memorize when it’s g or k? Same with ㄹ, when is it r and when is it l?

    Also can anyone please tell me the difference between ㅜ and ㅓ? They sound the same to me.

    I just started learning Korean like two days ago and I’m surprised that I picked it up so fast, honestly I thought it’d be much harder, especially the alphabet seemed scary! But I suppose I got some experience in learning different alphabets (outside of English I also study Russian at school and Polish is my first language, plus I got some experience with German)

    감사합니다 in advance!

    • Matthieu

      I had a lot of trouble with this as well!

      The way I see it, the way ㄱ sounds like g when immediately followed by a vowel sound like ㅣ or ㅔ, and sounds like a k before another consonant sound.

      Each character that has more than one pronunciation (ㄱ, ㅈ, ㄹ) usually had a “voiced consonant” which uses vocal chords when pronounced. G is voiced because you make noises with your throat, but K is voiceless since just the air compression makes noise. The voiced pronounciation goes right before vowel, and the voiceless does not. I know, confusing.

      Also, to answer your question on the difference of ㅜ and ㅓ, ㅜ sounds like oo, while ㅓ sounds more like the U in cup. Nice to see another linguist like me, as I also know Russian and German :)
      난 정말이 당신을 도움이뒤기를 바랍니다!

    • shinytaemint

      As for the g/k problem with ㄱ, I’m not sure of that myself, same with d/t and ㄷ.
      But for ㄹ, generally the rule applies that if it is in the beginning of a syllable it is pronounced as r like in 라면 (ramyeon) and if it is at the end of a syllable it’s pronounced as l like in 말 (mal = horse). In words with more than one syllable, even if the ㄹ is at the end of the syllable, if the next character is a vowel, it is pronounced as r like in 알아요 (arayo = I know).
      But only if it is followed by a vowel! If the next character after the ㄹ is a consonant, it is still pronounced as l like in 알다 (alda = to know).
      There are some exceptions, for example if the word is not originally Korean and it starts with an l, in Korean it will be written with ㄹ and pronounced as l like in 런던 (London).

      And for the ㅜ vs ㅓ problem:
      ㅜ is like an oo sound in English (like in “Google”, or the ou sound in “you”)
      or if that’s more helpful to you, it’s like the German u sound (like in “du”)
      ㅓ is like the o in “off” in English or the o in “offen” in German

      Many people actually have the problem that they can’t tell the difference between ㅗ and ㅓ because they are both o sounds in other languages. I found it helpful to take two German words that look similar but sound different to remember the difference.
      ㅗ is like the o in “Ofen” (=stove) and
      ㅓ is like the o in “offen” (=open)

      Hope that was a least a little helpful. ^^
      Happy studying!

    • shinytaemint

      Oh also!
      For ㄹ, if there are two of them in a row, it’s always pronounced as l, like in 몰라요 (mollayo = I don’t know). ^^

    • shinytaemint

      Oh also!
      For ㄹ, if there are two ㄹ in a row, they’re always pronounced as l, like in 몰라요 (mollayo = I don’t know). ^^

    • shinytaemint

      whoops I don’t know what happened there xD

  • 투하이

    안녕하세요,저늠 베트남 사람 이에요. 한국어는 정말 재미있어요

  • damia

    Anyoeng or anyeong? Eh I don’t know I just hope I did a good job. Oh! And gamsahapnida

    • amelia

      the pronounciation is annyeong. 안녕

  • Jannah

    Annyeonghaseyo .. Hye .. Im from malaysia . And im new learner for korean language .. Its hard to me to pronounce it well for the first . Haha .. Hope this website will give me the best tutorial .

  • amelia

    안녕하세요 선생님. 지금 내가 한국어를 말수있어요. 한국어를 진짜 재미있어요. 감사합니다.

  • Elizabeth

    Hi I was wondering if you needed the workbooks for the lessons? Is there a difference between the bulk pdfs and the workbook?

    • Elizabeth

      Are the bulk pdfs the same as downloading each lesson’s pdf?