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!


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  • Wozi

    I just don’t understand why it sounds more like Annyo-sayo when it’s said faster. And I just cannot get the pronunciation down :/

    • kora

      you say it like Ann-young or Ann-young-haseyo

  • Jung Bella

    annyeonghaseyo, Ah… I’m so glad with this blog. it’s my dream to learn more about korean. i just have one question. why “learn to read and wite in korean” can’t opened? the video have a trouble? gamsahapnida *bow

  • Echai Khang

    Annyeonghaseyo! Ive been watching kdramas these past two Years and for “thank you”, I heard in some Korean dramas they actors and actresses say “gomawo” I figured that also meant thank you. If not what does gomawo mean?

    • Yin Katashi

      Hi! I’m most certainly not a master of Korean, but I do know that gomawo does mean thank you, but it’s more informal – you use it with people close to you & your age. Kamsahabnida also means thank you, but it’s more formal, used with people you don’t know well & are older than you. Most of the time, Korean lessons will teach you how to speak formally before learning to speak informally, because speaking informally to someone to someone older than you or someone you don’t know can get you in a lot of trouble.

      Also, you’ll find out that there are a lot of different ways to say generally the same thing, it just varies depending on who you’re talking to.

    • taocheyeol

      Yeah there’s literally a thousand ways of saying thank you. I know like 4-5 different styles. I too realise it’s generally used among friends, same age people etc. But also i generally hear it when people are thankful for like small things, where as gamsahabnida is like giving big thanks if that makes sense lol.

  • Seo-yeon

    hello everyone. i am in search of a korean friend. please be kind to me so that i could get to know more about south korea and especially Seoul , i also love to watch Kdramas .

    • Seokjin Jin

      Thanks for your interests in Korean. :) I hope you find Korean friends soon! I think it will be easier to find friends through facebook.

    • Seo-yeon

      yeah ..but i am unaware of korean names except those mentioned in Kdramas. so its a difficult task to search for korean friends through facebook :( thats why i posted here. by the way, you are doing a good job. i also started learning korean language and i really enjoy it. i am getting crazy about south korea. its one of my dream places . i wish to be there soon :) <3

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  • Blinky Bush

    I’m an intermediate student but I’m still listening to these lessons to practice and fix my knowledge because you make it so clear! 감사합니다~

    • Seokjin Jin

      Thanks for studying Korean with us! 화이팅!

  • Dan

    Hi! A new student here :D Thank you for your helpful lesson!
    I have just one question. Can you explain why the ㅂ (p/b) in 감사합니다 [gam-sa-hap-ni-da] isn’t pronounced clearly, and instead melts into an “m” sound (like gam-sa-ham-mi-da)? and does this apply to other words as well? thank you so much!

    • Seokjin Jin

      Because the ㅂ sound is effected by the following nasal sound ㄴ, it is nasalized and sounds ㅁ. Like 감사함니다.
      Yes, that happens in other expressions, too.
      고맙습니다 also sounds like 고맙슴니다.

    • Dan

      thank you!

    • Fabian


      It becomes an m sound because the phonological rules of Korean need p/b/k to become m/n/ng(the eng in IPA) (same place of articulation, but nasal instead of oral) when before m,n, and ng. There is a couple more rules that can be a bit confusing if you don’t know about them, like s becoming a t at the end of a word or before another consonant. Look them up if you’re interested in having a better idea of how to pronounce a written word when first reading it.

      Have fun studying :)

    • Dan

      thanks for the explanation :D

  • Lubov Topchyi

    안녕하세요 and 감사합니다 !

  • Saily Martinez

    Hi! I just found this website and I love it. I have been practicing the words with the google translator to see if I get them right and so far I have succeeded. Thank you so much… Fighting

    • Seokjin Jin

      Thanks for finding us! I hope you learn more Korean through this website! 화이팅!

  • Latifa Kherraz

    I am a new learner of korean language :D I am so addicted to korean series and a big fun of korean culture that I am eager and enthusiastic to learn korean :D Thank you for the lessons ;)

  • KoreanDreamer

    안녕하세요, i am total beginner in Korean and i think that this site is really helpful so i wondered are these lessons free? I want to buy some workbooks and practice my writing there and i thought that if these lessons are free i will be able to practice my pronouncing Korean. And how much is the shipping on those workbooks? 감사합니다

  • https://www.facebook.com/pages/Miles-Younkin-Pottery/1501563486771653?ref=aymt_homepage_panel Miles Younkin

    안녕하세요, I have a quick question: In the 한글마스트 책 unit 8 audio question 4, the speakers pronounce 넙른 as what sounds like 넘는. I looked for an explanation in previous chapters, but did not see one. Why is it pronounced this way? 감사합니다 !