Level 1 Lesson 1 / Hello, Thank you / 안녕하세요, 감사합니다

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 download both the PDF lesson notes and the MP3 audio track for this lesson below, and if you want to learn with our various textbooks and workbooks, you can get them on our online bookstore at MyKoreanStore.com. If you have any questions about this lesson, please leave us comments below!


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Go to the Grammar Curriculum page to see all of our grammar lessons.

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.

Level 1 Lesson 1 / Hello, Thank you / 안녕하세요, 감사합니다
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  • MadChuckle

    I’ve created a memrise group with the best korean lessons there for all korean beginners.

    Everyone can join there to study Korean together. There is a lesson called “Every TTMIK Lesson (Levels 1-9)” which consists of words and phrases from every lesson here with full audio! We can start from there…

    Join here:

    거기서 봐요!

    • Hi MadChuckle, thanks for studying with TTMIK. I know you’ve put a lot of work into making those audio clips, but did you talk to any of the staff members of TTMIK before creating a course based on the TTMIK curriculum and audio files?

    • MadChuckle

      Hi Hyunwoo Sun,

      I am not the creator of the memrise courses. I was just excited to find them there.

      I was not aware of any copyright issues. But now I understand your concern. TTMIK is an extremely well designed course and you have all the right to keep it in one place if you wish so. I will respectfully remove that course from my group, and also remove the link here.

      If you want to contact the creator, I think this is the correct profile: http://www.memrise.com/user/lloyd.meikle/courses/teaching/

      Have a nice day 🙂

  • Triangulum Constellation

    I don’t know does anybody already told that, but I want to say that 한국의 is very similar to russian. Very nice language, thank you for your great lessons!

    • Seokjin Jin

      Thanks for your comment. Well, I’ve never thought about that. It’s interesting. 🙂

    • Eva

      but it’s not similar to russian at all…?

  • American Dox

    I wonder if it is typical to eliminate the middle syllable when speaking, as these speakers did. I assume they still know what you are saying, but there are clearly more syllables than are being pronounced. I wish they would explain this!!!!!!!!!!

    • liza

      I think they’re just saying it fast and it’s harder to hear…

  • wal

    Scribd won’t let me download or view more than 3 documents without paying. I tried but couldn’t fing the pdf that was supposed to be by the thumb nails.please help.

    • KyungHwa Sun

      Oops! Sorry for the inconvenience. We’ve changed the setting in order for you to see or download the pdf file without being connected to Scribd.

  • JoJo ➰

    Whats the diffrence between Annyeong-haseyo with ahn-nyuhng-hah-seh-yoh. Just because I have seen in another site the guy saying ahn-nyuhng-hah-seh-yoh.

    • Shannon Foran

      theres no difference theyre both the romanized versions of the korean word for hello. Annyeoong haseyo is the correct romanized words as it is written exactly as it would be written in hangul (the korean alphabet) ahn-nyuhng-hah-seh-yoh is like a simpler way of pronunciation i.e if we say hello in english then say heh-lu-oh …hope this helps!

    • The other site was just writing it phonetically, it’s the same ^^

    • There’s no one standardised way to write Korean in phonetics. That’s why there are various versions. That’s why it’s better to read it in Hangeul if you can. It’s easy to pick up too 🙂

  • Indigo

    Hi! I’m in middle school and I was told we have to do at least 4 years of a language (I’m currently doing Latin) and I was wondering if learning Korean on this site for 4 years will be excepted. Do you guys know?

    • LemmeTellYaASecret

      No I’m pretty sure this wont count for credits.

  • Jaleel


    • Seokjin Jin


    • Jaleel

      Thanks I didn’t have the Hangul settings on my keyboard but I have it now. 감사합니다!

  • yuuki heart

    안녕하세요 I Am yuuki
    감사합니다 for the lesson

    • KyungHwa Sun


  • yaneth cervantes

    감사합니다 🙂 for the lesson. I already know how to read hangul and some simple other words but still need more practice 🙂 but I got a question, is 고마 ㅟ요 still a polite way to say thank you?because that was how I lerand to say thank you.

    • KyungHwa Sun

      Ah! If you talk to a stranger, it is better to say 감사합니다.

  • Prissie

    매번 크고 작은 잘못으로
    당신 마음에 망치를 대죠
    그래도 구멍난 마음과 손으로
    내 옷에 얽힌 실뭉치를 꿰죠
    다 들어주며 괜찮다고 해서
    내 마음이 놓여지지 않았는 걸 아실까요
    미울만 하면서도 안아주는 당신 품에
    다음부턴 잘하겠다고

    can TTMIK please translate this for me? I really want to know what does it mean…

  • mo_says_hello

    안녀하세요! I am an American medical student. I used to study Korean with you guys in high school, but as school become more difficult and time consuming in college and medical school, I took about a two year break. Now, I have to drive a lot to go to my clinical rotations and on one drive a korean song randomly played from my phone. I started crying because I missed studying Korean so much. So I decided to make use of my drive time by studying Korean again. You guys were serious when you said this stuff would be free for ever! I really appreciate this website and all the work you dedicate to making Korean fun and manageable to learn, so 감사합니다! I plan to start from the very beginning, which has been a great review so far!

    • KyungHwa Sun

      Wow! Welcome back!! :))) I hope you can stick with learning the Korean language longer than last time. 😉

  • Alcina

    In a kdrama that I watched recently, the main character said “감사” to someone who was older and of a higher political position, but deserved little respect because of his behaviour. Would “감사” be considered as reasonable, simply impolite, or is it REALLY rude?
    감사합니다! 😛

    • Tan Jun Jie

      In Korean, words of same meaning may somehow be different in terms of politeness. an-nyeong is actually the informal type, where you say it to someone you know very well or someone younger than you. The full an-nyeong-ha-se-yeo if the formal one, with more respect. Normally said to someone older or anonymous. An-nyeong is not rude, and in terms of local koreans, they may use it in daily communications as well.

    • Sabrina

      Depending on how you break down 감사합니다, it can have different levels of politeness. This was recently explained in a YouTube video by Billy Go on his channel. From your description, the form of 감사합니다 in the drama was impolite and used as an insult 🙂

  • Tuipao Wiri

    I want to learn Korean because I have been visit Korea since 2014
    The people of Korea are looking smart,kind and pure beauty from their previous culture

  • Tuipao Wiri

    I want to learn Korean and Translate to English and then to my native language as Kiribati language,Here are the basic. Annyong ha seyo,Hello,Mauri

    Korean English and Kiribati

    thank you all

  • Aila Nurul

    안녕하세요.. Aila 입니다
    저는 인도네시아 사람입니다
    저는 한국어를 배우는 중이에요
    도와주세요, 감사합니다

    • KyungHwa Sun

      Perfect! 완벽해요! 🙂

  • Princess Sarah

    I’m starting my korean learning journey again this time I hope to stick with it.. wish me luck

  • Kulsum

    You guys are so kind and sweet for doing this! Wow kamsahamnida! I was struggling to learn by myself then I stumbled on this website, so thankful. 2017 just started (its 12:35 am here). I plan on sticking through. Hwighting!

  • Urzana Ghadially

    I’ve always found Korean fascinating, I’m so happy I found this!! Thank you so much!

  • Predrag Bosnic

    Starting my journey again.. Annyeonghaseyo 🙂

  • Adriana Holujová

    안녕하세요 . How do you translate “Thank you for being my dance role model”? I hope i wrote this correct. I really like this learning programme because it explains most of the things easily.

  • Rasha Alharam

    안녕하세요 🙂 reviewing level one all over again

  • kamonia

    Going to try and learn Korean for once

    • Lyllah Alegria

      Samee XD

  • Elane

    This is the best source to learn Korean I have ever seen…And I’ve searched a bit xD. Just wish I could pay for it. Currency exchange is a … pain in my tooshie! xD
    I’m glad we can at least hear these podcasts. 🙂

  • Dino

    When I downloaded the PDF , the file won’t open 🙁 is it the problem in my phone or the file? Thank you!