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.

  • http://h-e-x-e-d.tumblr.com Hånnāh

    I’m new to this site but I’m already loving it a lot and seem to be picking up on my Korean better now. Really, this is one of the best sites I’ve seen for those who are looking to learn the language and I enjoy listening to the lessons, plus of course learning too. I hope to improve well enough so I’m able to communicate and find work once I graduate because I’m planning to move to Korea. Thank you!

    • manesh

      najuung-e bobsida

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  • Connor

    Ok….seriously! Thank you.

  • Brigitte

    What about honorifics? I am really getting confused. I learn words like, thank you, hello, good night etc. and then I find out that there are different ways to say the same word depending on your age etc. So frustrating. The lessons don’t talk about that in the beginning and I am really getting frustrated, ugh.

    • KyungHwa Sun

      ㅎㅎ It is always the safest to learn the most polite expression first.

    • Brigitte

      So how do you know what the politest way is? The lessons don’t differentiate. I am getting frustrated because now I don’t know if I am learning the right words for me. Most people I talk to are younger than me.

    • KyungHwa Sun

      Hello Brigitte,
      TTMIK focuses on teaching the most natural and common ways to use honorifics. How to change the expressions to honorifics or casual forms will come later in the course. Unless you are in a very formal situation, such as when you meet a business partner for the first time, you will be fine with what you learn in our lessons. =)

    • Brigitte

      Thank you so much for your reply. It is most helpful :)

  • amin arafati

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  • Vanessa Malelang Maac

    hello,thank you for some information,that’s great..

  • Shhaseena25

    Annyeong haseyo :’)

  • Robert Marsh

    I am an American Soldier stationed in Korea and I have found your website much more helpful than Rosetta Stone and it is much more fun… I like to listen when I have 24 hour duty and I will often go back and re-listen to all the lessons again… I hope to meet you all some day… Y’all seem fun… 감사합니다

  • shaloom suite

    am very happy for this ,i thing am gonna know all about Korean language…

  • Kasey

    These lessons are very helpful, and easy to understand so far. I’m attempting to learn Korean, as a surprise for my girlfriend, because her mother is Korean. I think this will help me a lot! Thanks!

    • KyungHwa Sun

      Thank YOU for studying with us! :)

  • kasey

    14 minutes for 2 words and a bunch of giggling, ugh! such a waste of time.

  • Coralie Ésau

    Thanks guys! Its really helpful! I came to this site because I want to learn Korean: Exo
    If you know them please tell me >_<

    • ﻣږﭣ ٵﺼﯿﻝ ٲۇڼ ﭘٱﻏﺳۋڼ

      Who ! EXO :o yup i do

    • Coralie Ésau

      Exo is Love, Exo is life 0_0

      This is the only Korean know because of Exo:

      안녕하세요, 제 이름은 내가 EXO-K에서 오전, Baekhyun입니다 <– Change the name for any members.

  • Nicole Nazario

    gamsahapnida for this!!!

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  • Blessy deborah

    this.lesson was so useful to me.thank you.talk to me in korean.also website is also useful.kum sahamnida

  • Roan Flores

    it confuses me…it’s gam-sa-hap-ni-da but why is it pronounced as gam-sa-ham-ni-da??

    • [fernando batista]

      They’re saying “Hap”. Is such a short sound, and so close to an M sound, that it’s easy to get confused. Try not to worry about the isolated sounds. Remember the term Gamsahapnida as a whole, instead of gam-sa-hap-ni-da. It gets easier as you practice.

  • Matt

    안녕하세요. 감사합니다 for the lessons!

  • Ryan Robert Valencia Ventolero

    Hey guys. Thank you for for this website I am aalready learning Kore5an. I have a Korean classmate she also help me in learning Korean. I love Korean people so much they are really nice. :)

    • https://twitter.com/Alexxxxxxan Luningning Tatlonghari

      Where are you from? What school? :)

  • 후다

    언녕하세요 … 감사합니다

  • gokulmagar123@gmail.com

    Gamsa hamnida

  • https://twitter.com/Alexxxxxxan Luningning Tatlonghari

    Where’s level 2? :O

  • Möbelwerfel

    Hey, I have a silly question: why is 감사합니다 pronounced like “gam-sam-ni-da”, it seems like 합 is pronouned like an m sound in english (or “ham”) but why is it not “hap” or “hab” because of the ㅂ? Thanks in advance and greetings from germany :)

    • KyungHwa Sun

      When you’re actually speaking a language to someone and not just practicing, it’s really difficult to pronounce all the letters as they are typically written (some German words are kind of the same, right?). 감사합니다 is quite difficult to say quickly if you literally say 합 rather than 함. Your lips are already in the ㅁ (nasal tone) position when you say 합, so instead of releasing your lips to say ㅂ, then saying ㄴ (which is also a nasal tone), it’s much easier and faster to say the 2 nasal tones together. =)

  • Marthiela Gastanes

    감사합니다! ^^

  • Talukder Al-Amin Maat

    I am an engineer, and for my working purpose I want to learn Korean language. Now, would anyone please tell how can I learn this from very beginning? Thank you.

  • Toni

    Something I don’t understand about saying thank you. Why is 감 pronounced like a “gam” and not “kam”. Isn’t ㄱ supposed to be pronounced like a “k” unless found between vowels?

    • desh

      ㄱ= k/g