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 if you want to study with our TalkToMeInKorean textbooks, you can get them here.

And now that you’ve learned how to say “Hello” and “Thank you”, if you’d like to start learning how to read and write in Korean using Hangeul, the writing system of the Korean language, please check out the course below!

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This 7-part video course is brought to you by the team at http://talktomeinkorean.com to help you learn how to read and write in Hangeul, the Korean writing system. Many people think it will be difficult to learn, but you can actually learn to recognize the sounds that Korean words represent very quickly. Take this course to completely learn to read Hangeul.

  • Cabs

    감사합니다 for the lessons!! My friend told me this website for me to learn more Korean words. Have a good day! ( ´ ▽ ` )ノ

  • Miriam Barattoni

    안영하세요! 감사합니다 a lot for the lessons. I am reviewing the level 1 after studying it slowly first.

  • Maroun


  • dafany plain

    This is my first time… I want to learnt Korean because I like Kpop and drama want to understand and enjoy more without depending each and every word with english subtitle. Thank you for this lesson

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    • JKelly

      Me too

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  • Tiffy

    안영하세요 🙂

  • 아난다

    안녕하세요! 제 이름은 아난다예요. 반 갑습니다.

    • Martha Yeboah


  • Nicole

    안영하세요! 한국의 수업 대단히 감사합니다!! ^^

  • esmeralda arroyo

    People keep telling me to go to this website to learn Korean I already some words and I already know how to read in Korean but I still don’t understand it and i still don’t know how to put sentences together and they told me to learn verbs I’m hoping this site will help me with that.

  • Marie-Soleil

    안녕하세요! Your books and lessons are really well made. 감사합니다!!

  • Silvia Julianne

    안녕하세요 🙂 I hope I can learn Korean with this site 간사합니다!!!

  • Martha Yeboah

    안녕하세요! Thank you for the lesson. It was really helpful. 감사합니바

  • stella

    Thank you so much for this site being free it is very helpful1

  • Britney Pham

    I have a question if someone could please answer? Whenever I hear native Koreans say hello or thank you, how come it sounds like they say “annyhaseyo” and “kamsamnida” instead of “annYEONGhaseyo” and “kamsaHAMnida” like it sounds like they just completely skip the middle syllables? thanks for your help :))

    • Sydney

      I think it’s because like English words, they get so used to saying it that you don’t hear all the syllables. Like the word CORPORATE. When I say it, it sounds like corp-rate, instead of corp-OR-rate. Does that make sense?

    • 걈수진

      they do words to be easy to pronounce.

    • bygo

      I will try to explain it to you, but I don’t know if you will understand like this…
      안녕하새요 – 안녕 Because the first ‘ㄴ’ is preceded by a second ‘ㄴ’, you will pronounce just one ‘n’.
      감사합니다 – 합니 Because ‘ㅂ’ is preceded by ‘ㄴ’, you will pronounce ㅂ as ㅁ.

  • Kohana Mukherjee

    i had a question, if one of the teachers could answer, it would be great, But I appreciate he help of anyone, who knows the answer to this: What’s the difference in “고맙솝니다” and “감사합니다”??

    • 걈수진

      its 고맙습니다 ~ actually there is no difference. they have same meaning which is thank you ..
      its just up to you if which u more prefer to use..

    • bygo

      고맙습니다 it’s the original form of the word ‘thank you’. The 감사합니다 it’s the modified form of 고맙습니다 and it has something to do with the Chinese influence. What 걈수진씨 said that you can use both of them. Mostly people this dais use 감사합니다. But if you are talking with a senior, it will be more appreciated 고맙습니다 rather then 감사합니다 😉 But feel free to use which one you want.

  • honeY baller

    Anyong haseo

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  • Sabrina Bonini

    안녕하세요! 감사합니다 for all the free lessons, this website is so useful for learning korean and I’m glad I don’t have to pay lol

  • 감사합니다

  • Jesper Pedersen

    Anyong haseo.
    I have two question that I hope you will answer 🙂
    How do you say You’re welcome if someone says thank you and how do you say thank you very much?
    As I understand that kamsahapnida is “just” thank you.

    Please write in hangul and romanizarion too 🙂

    Kamsa hapnida

  • Jesper Pedersen

    Anyong haseo.
    I have two question that I hope you will answer 🙂
    How do you say You’re welcome if someone says thank you and how do you say thank you very much?
    As I understand that kamsahapnida is “just” thank you.

    Please write in hangul and romanizarion too 🙂

    Kamsa hapnida


      안녕하세요 Jesper씨,

      천만에요is your welcome in Korean… Cheonmann-eyo is rominization

    • Laura Eveline

      정말 감사합니다 – jeongmal kamsahapnida means
      Thank you very much!

  • Anne Meabock Williams Szymansk

    thank you for these great lessons! do you use formal or casual in restaurants or shops when talking to salespersons/waiters/waitresses

  • Gareth

    Hi there,
    I am just trying to watch the first video/soundcloud or whatever it is.
    I cant do anything :-/ I click on play and it does nothing.
    Can you please help?
    Thank you!

    • Seokjin Jin

      Hi, Gareth. When I tried it now here, I didn’t see any problem. You can also download the audio file by clicking the mp3 button above.
      Thanks for your comment. 🙂

    • gladys lauren

      I didn’t have problems too – perhaps you can try another browser or clear your cache and cookies

  • Semitic akuma

    감사합니다 <333333333333333

    빅스 made me interested in Korea i love Korean <3
    i always thought it was kamsamida but now i know thx to you guys and i want to say that the link is broken to the " You can view the PDF here, or if you want to study with our TalkToMeInKorean textbooks, you can get them here. " the lines under the soundcloud .. you are welcome 😉

  • 셴니

    Thanks for create this website ^^
    it helps me to learn korean. 사랑해~~

  • エイミー

    I’m so confused. Why is ‘Jondaenmal’ spelt ‘Jondaesmal’?

    • Ariahn Muir

      It just hows its spelled. The pronunciation changes for grammar reason and in general jondaemal is much easier to say. There are plenty of other words in which ㅅ becomes a ㄷ, or ㅌ sound.


      s is silent i figured out. jondeanmal… it is true with letter combinations the pronunciation of words change

    • Kenny Lau

      You have it backwards. The question should be why jondaesmal/존댓말 is pronounced “jondaenmal”.

      s/ㅅ followed by another consonant is pronounced as t (it is somewhat a silent t which I am not able to describe by words). Then, t followed by a nasal consonant (m/n) becomes n, making it jondaesmal > jondaetmal > jondaenmal.

    • Kim Seung Wan

      Thank you so much for answering this. I’ve been struggling with that in TTMIK vol 1 page 9 for DAYS now. I can finally rest my brain and realize… I just haven’t learned that part yet (still on the very very basics).

    • Kenny Lau

      My pleasure.

  • Maddieve

    why in 감사합니다 (gam-sa-hap-ni-da) hap is 합 and not 핲 ?

  • nelson

    Did anyone notice that teacher teaching Conan O’Brien Korean used the Talk to Me in Korean, HANGUL MASTER book? Way to go TTMIK!!!!!


    I know you are busy but would this be an okay conversation between two people?

    person a: 안녕하세요

    Person b: 안녕하세요
    Person a: 뭐예요?
    Person b: 이거챡이에요.
    Person a: 네! 책이에요
    Person b: 네
    Person a: 감사합니다
    Person b: 네 cheonman-eyo.

    • Kenny Lau

      You should put a space between 이거 and 챡이에요, forming “이거 챡이에요” (although later you will be taught the subject marker, and you would be able to form the correct sentence: 이거는 챡이에요).

      Also, “chonman-eyo” is written as 천만에요 and is explained here: http://www.talktomeinkorean.com/shows/ask-hyojin/hyojin1/

  • 디오

    안녕하세요! I’m really excited to start learning Korean! I’ve seen this site has helped lots of people and hope it will help me too. 감사힙니다! It’s really great you guys have so many free lessons. And to all the other other starting out learning, 화이팅!

  • Care

    Thank you for keeping this wonderful website free of charge.
    TTMIK 화이팅!

  • laila

    감 사 합 니 다

    • Seokjin Jin

      저희랑 같이 공부해 주셔서 감사합니다!

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  • Kaneki Ken

    Can i say [Gamsanida] and not [Gamsahapnida] because for me it’s so hard to say. So i want to know if [Gamsanida] means something else if you say it or it’s the same?

    • Cheyenne

      it is more common to hear Gamsamnida even though the word is Gamsahabnida it is just a matter of pronunciation or shortening like with Thanks for Thank you in english. Does that make sense?

    • Kaneki Ken

      Yes, thank you very much for answering

  • Kim Seung Wan

    안 녕 하 세 요, Hello.
    I’m using Hangeul Master and the TTMIK level 1 book and am already stumped on page page 9 (2nd page of lesson 1). Formal speech (romanized) says: [ jon-daen-mal ] is spelled : 존댓말. In the syllable 댓 I thought the ㅅ was the “s” sound and ㄴ was the “n” sound. Wouldn’t that make it romanized as [ jon-daes-mal ]? What am i missing? Is it a misprint? Please help me…

    감사함니다 from Alaska, USA
    If anyone can also email me the answer: [email protected]

    • Ephemeral

      Hey! I’m also a beginner, but from what I’ve learnt, there are beginning and ending consonants, each with different sounds, but same word. So instead of the s sound, it makes a t sound.