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.

  • Zahra

    안녕하세요 ^^
    I love everything about Korea so l
    started to learn Korean language with ttmik and I am very happy to do that with you so 감사합니다 ♥
    And I have one question : when we can use (고맙습니다 ) to thank someone ?

    • Seokjin Jin

      Thanks for studying Korean with us. Hm… There are so many situations that we say “thank you”, right. When we get some help, get a gift, and so on.

    • Zahra

      정말 감사합니다 ^^
      For your answer … But I want to ask if there is any difference between 감사합니다 and 고맙습니다 ?
      Thanks alot for your time ^^

    • Amy

      There is no difference. You can use both of them in any situations and both of them are very polite. However, people receive 감사합니다 slightly more polite than 고맙습니다.

    • Zahra

      감사합니다 ♡

  • Alyssa Castro

    Hi, it’s my first time leaving a comment here. I just want to ask about something. :)
    When I was studying on how to write hangeul, I got confused about what are the proper letters to use in a syllable. I don’t know when to use ‘d’ or ‘t’ when there is a ‘t’ sound in a syllable. Or sometimes ‘s’, because it sounds as ‘t’ when placed as the final letter in a syllable, right?

    That’s all. Thank you in advance :)

  • hi im Neko

    감사 합니다!! Your lessons are so wonderful. Korean is the first language I’ve tried learning and I’m so surprised by how well it has been going, all thanks to your podcasts! They are relaxed and fun to listen to, which makes it feel less like studying and more like learning from friends. Looking forward to continuing with you in the future. :)

  • Zahra

    안녕하세요 ^^
    Can I answer the person who thank me with that : 고맙 긴 ? Is that polite or inpolite language ?
    I heard that alot from drama
    감사합니다 ~♡

    • Amy

      That is used when you know someone quite long enough and that someone is younger or same age as yours. 천만해요. 괜찮아요. are used in polite language :)

    • Zahra

      정말 감사합니다 ^^

  • Zahra

    *impolite language

  • b a m ♥♥

    it such a funny lessons .. it helps me to pronounce much better as a beginner .. :D

  • lykajane racab

    hangue ,kunsahamnida

  • Dïffërënt Ğīřl

    annyeonghaseyo……. i’m from algeria and i love korea … So I started to learn Korean I have benefited a lot …..kunsahamnida guys <3

    • Touadi Sihem

      Yeeh dziriya :D ana tan , m learnin’ korean since 7 days hakak xD , ida thabi npractissiw kif kif …

  • Jess

    I have the level 1 book and have listened to lessons 1-12 multiple times now (for continued review of vocabulary). I am half Korean, but don’t speak Korean, although I would love to. When I was very young I spoke Korean, but I refused to speak English, so my mom stopped talking to me in Korean and now I forget everything! I’m really enjoying learning with TTMIK so far; the lessons are informative while still being entertaining.
    I have a question about the Hangul Master book. I haven’t bought it because my mom taught me Hangul a long time ago. However I’m wondering whether or not I should still get it anyway. I don’t have trouble reading Hangul, I’m just a little slow, but my writing is not so good. Will the Hangul Master book help with this, or is it something that will get better with more time and practice? I would love to hear opinions from someone who has used the Hangul Master book.

  • gaiyur hussain

    I want to learn Korean language plz help me

  • Sara Mat

    I’m new to Korean. I started to listen to Kpop and that made me want to learn how to speak and write. This site seem to very useful for beginners, I’m looking forward to this!

  • Nawal

    안녕하세요 여러분 ^^ I’ve been learning Korean by myself for too month now and it is so much fun :D I discovered this website by chance via your youtube channel and it is exactly what i’m looking for. 감사합니다 ^^

  • Conquilla Judy

    looking forward to this.. =)

  • rome

    i want to learn how to read korean characters like badlyyyyyyyy

    • 박하영

      that’s the easiest Thing in the world since korean has an alpahbet like us only with characters instead of letters

  • Emily Nguyen

    Hello guys, i’m just learn Korean for 2 weeks, i hope once day i’ll sing Korean song well ^.^
    감 사 합 니 다 ^^

  • jae son

    i have browsed other sites that teach korean language, and I think this tutorial fits me the best.

    • JooyeonPark

      Thank you for your kind words! :)
      We are always trying our best to give you guys more useful contents, so please keep studying with us!

  • Noor M. Ahmed

    안녕하세요 ~ I’ve just started learning Korean with this Great website & very nice teachers and I hope someday I’ll be able to speak Korean fluently :) 감사합니다 :)

  • https://www.facebook.com/yinara94 Noor M. Ahmed

    안녕하세요 ~ I’ve just started learning Korean with this Great website & very nice teachers and I hope someday I’ll be able to speak Korean fluently :) 감사합니다 :)

  • Desiree

    Excuse me but I have a question. In my workbook 존댓말 is romanized as
    jondaenmal. I don’t usually read romanization as it makes it difficult
    for me to learn correctly however, I noticed it in this instance and I
    was wondering if the romanization is correct? Is 댓 pronounced as daen. I
    am aware that sometimes depending on the placement things can be
    pronounced differently. I am also aware that romanization is merely a
    guide to how things may be pronounced but can sometimes be different
    than the actual pronunciation. I would appreciate the help. Thank you.

    • GI

      I think it’s supposed to be pronounced as Jondaetmal, from a book a read when a word end with aㅅit pronounced as t. Cmiiw.

    • 소정

      원래 ‘ㅅ’는 ‘s’ 또는 ‘t’로 소리가 나는데 ‘존대+말’의 합성어라서 발음을 편하게 하기 위해서 첫번째 말인 ‘존대’에 ‘n’소리가 나는 ‘ㅅ’을 붙여야 합니다. 그리고 ‘ㅅ’발음이 ‘n’소리가 나는 것은 로마자 표기에 반영됩니다.(Usually ‘ㅅ’ is pronounce to ‘s’ or ‘t’, but 존댓말 is compound word with ‘존대’ and ‘말’. So you should add the word ‘ㅅ’ that sounds like ‘n’ next to the first word ‘존대’ to pronounce more easier. And it is reflected to romanize word.)
      English translation is difficult. ㅇㅅㅇ;;

  • pinkheart008

    Thank you!!!!!!

  • GI

    Runningman brought me here. Please teach me master!