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.

  • Naa Adei Kotey

    ahnyoseyoo!!!!! I actually realized that having watched some Korean drama, I have somehow picked a few words, and learning a new language has never been fun like this before.. I am honstly looking forward to the day I speak Korean fluently

    • Seokjin Jin

      Thanks for your comment. We also hope the day will come soon to you!

  • Feroza Lein

    hi can someone explain to me? I’m a little bit confused about the hangul. which one is the hangul for “h” ? is it on the picture in this lesson? or the pdf one? what’s the difference? thank you

    • http://smaugthedesolator.tumblr.com smaugthedesolator

      they are just two different fonts, both are correct. Sometimes the font changes slightly, and makes it look differently.

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  • Jessica

    Hi there ! I’m so excited to have found you Ive always wanted to learn Korean ! i can’t wait for all the lessons. wish me luck and hopefully soon ill be talking to you in Korean !

    • Seokjin Jin

      Thanks so much for studying Korean with us. Of course I wish you good luck!

  • Ntombizinhle Malandu

    hello, I want to start learning korean but i dont know if i should purchase the books or just learn from the online lessons. how many online lessons are there anyway?

    • Seokjin Jin

      Every lessons in TTMIK are free. We added more materials in the Books and E-books in MyKoreanStore so that they will be more helpful to your study. if you learn more, you can buy it, but you can still many parts of Korean through this website. It is totally up to you.

  • Mary Jane Gatchalian Castillo

    여러분 안녕하세요!

  • Catia

    How do I download the audio? (Can I download it directly into my iPad or does it have to be the computer?)

  • Kim On

    I’m new here! I hope I can learn Korean well, cuz I want to go to Seoul! ^^ 감사합니다!!

    • Seokjin Jin

      Oh! I hope you will use the Korean expressions that you learn from TTMIK when you come to Seoul.

  • Beverly Evangelista

    Hi. I’m done at level 1 lesson 1. May i know where i can find lesson 2 and the succeeding lessons? Kamsahamnida. :)

  • Suri Elfirani

    안녕하세요. Im new here too. Actually i start learning hangul last year. So i already learn hangul by myself for 1year. But too sad, i dont know anyone who could speak hangul to practice with. So until now i could understand the meaning but couldnt build the good sentence. ㅠ_ㅠ 아쉽네요.
    Wanna start to learn again from this site.
    감사합니다 ㅅ_ㅅ

  • geniebabe

    annyeong haseyo means hello and annyeong means hi.My auntiwe ansd uncle Kang is Korean citizen now so I know somwekorwean words

  • Hanouf

    Helpful lesson

  • Ben Youssef Nour

    Hi iam from Tunisia . I’m new here . I want to learn Korean here But i don’t speak Korean yet . Please help me and finally thanks

  • Nehemiah

    1st lesson is great and well done, it’s nice to be here. 감사합니다

  • Sona Malumyan

    Annyeonghaseyo. In this site I’m new to)))) Please take care of me))))))) I ‘d like to say that I am Armenian, but I LOVE Korea and Korean people very, very very much)))))))))))

  • joy narciso

    Annyeong Haseyo! i’m so glad i stumbled upon this site, i’m a begginner and this site is helping me a lot, I’m currently at Level 1 Lesson 4 and I can’t wait to finish because I’m excited to answer the workbook to see how much I’ve learned…Kamsahamnida! :)

  • Roxy love

    안녕하세요, Is there anyone that would love to be my practice buddy I have no Korean friends or know anyone that speaks the language, please let me know or email me roxylove7@live.com :) I love this website it makes learning Korean/Hangul super easy and entertaining i absolutely love the podcast! You guys are amazing!

  • joy narciso

    annyeong haseyo! i’m happy i stumbled upon this site, i’m a beginner and i think your way of teaching is easy to follow and i’m thankful for that, i’m currently at level 1 lesson 4 and i’m so excited to finish so i can answer the workbooks…I hope i’ll be able to speak and write korean soon..kamsahamnida everyone! :)

    • http://twitter.com/jinseokjin jinseokjin

      Thanks for your comment. Yes, I am sure that you will follow our lessons easily. I hope you practice writing and listening Korean a lot, then you will speak Korean well soon!

  • esteru

    안녕하세요~ wow I just found this awesome site! very helpful. so now I know where should I go for learn korean kekeke. OMG I’m so excited! wait for me koreaaa~ 감사합니다 *bow*

  • Hayley ^-^

    When they first start talking about thank you and how to pronounce it, it sounds to me like they are saying gamsanida rather than gamsahapnida. It is only when they break down the word that I realised there is a ‘hap’ in there. As I’m new to the language and haven’t quite mastered all the sounds yet, I was wondering if there was something I was missing?

  • Muriel

    I hope it’s not too late to learn Korean ^^;;
    I’ve been wanting to learn for a long time, but I couldn’t find motivation and kept lazing off ==;;. I’ll try my best this time.
    Thank you very much for teaching Korean language to everyone~!!

  • Jessica B.

    Hi, if someone wants to speak korean with me into writing (hangul), it would be great. Just ask me in a message on my youtube (jonashenley) or on a comment in a video of mine. Maybe you could go to my twitter, @zaynorme. Yeah but I may answer faster on my youtube or google+. I just want to say that I’m a total beginner so it should be hard for me to answer but I want to succeed in that language. By the way, I might not be able to speak a correct English all the time.. I speak french in fact. So thanks and.. See ya.xx

  • milo

    HI i’m new too and i need help cause i don’t know how to speak or read or write korean so please help!!!

  • milo

    My favourite K-pop star is IU i looove her songs . add me if you like IU too . “감사합니다

  • Jamie Elep

    i know a little bit romanization but i want to know also how to write hangul, hope you can teach me :) kamsahamnida

  • yunabesaid

    I can’t find a level 1 lessons index. (the basic ones just like in this series) In the related posts is see a link to lesson 3, but I can’t find a full list of links to all the lessons. Where can I find that?

  • نوران فايد

    hello, why we say kam sa hamda although it is written kam sa hap ni da

  • http://www.pckandy.in/ Prajeesh

    Hey, I want to watch korean movies without subtitle, So I am starting learn korean with “talktomeinkorean.com”. But I don’t know How. I complete 2 lessons, but I am not satisfied. Still I couldn’t Understand pronunciation. Help me…..

  • Rai Hyun-Ae

    Hello..I’m new..PLEASE HELP! I just started the lesson and I’m really worried because MAYBE BEFORE THE YEAR ENDS I WILL BE GOING TO BUSAN TO WORK THERE and I still haven’t had a grip on speaking Korean…Can you at least help me how to say “My Korean name is Soo Jin” ? Kamsahamnida!