Level 1 Lesson 3 / Good-bye, See you / 안녕히 가세요, 안녕히 계세요, 안녕

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After listening to this lesson, you can say “Good-bye” or “See you” in Korean. In polite/formal Korean, there are two basic ways to say Good-bye.

One is when you are the one who is leaving. And the other is when you are the one who is staying.


If you are leaving, and the other person is (or the other people are) staying, you can say:
안녕히 계세요. [an-nyeong-hi gye-se-yo]

If you are staying, an the other person is (or the other people are) leaving, you can say:
안녕히 가세요. [an-nyeong-hi ga-se-yo]

You can download a free PDF for this lesson 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.


  • Nana

    Thank you for this lesson. I was so confused at first. By listening to native speakers I honestly though 안녕하세요. [an-nyeong-ha-se-yo] was used for both (hello) greeting and goodbye. I had no idea there were 3 different words. ^.^

  • JS

    This lesson made me giggle but also brought up the good point that sometimes enunciating too much makes you sound very interesting to others that speak the language natively. Thank you for bringing that up!

  • Jaysen

    gamsahamnida for the lesson.. I’m learning.. :D

  • Shad

    Kamsahapnida… :)

  • niloofar

    안 녕 하 세 요……
    안 녕 히 겨 세요 .

  • niloofar

    안 녕 하 세 요…….
    안녕히 계새요 .

  • Kamile

    Or maybe I can say only annyeonghi?.. :D

    • http://twitter.com/jinseokjin jinseokjin

      No, just 안녕히 is not correct.

  • Alexia

    Hello, does anyone know an easy way to remember the differences between the two ways of saying goodbye? :)

    • Yana

      hey, I don’t now if this will be useful for you, but I’m Dutch, and in Dutch language, if someone is going away we say ‘hij GAat’. See? the other person is leaving in that case. it helps me to keep the two apart, I hope it works for you as well!!!

    • Pamela Zeng

      Hi Yana. That’s a great tip! I speak Dutch too..lol. Nu kan ik het beter onthouden..hehe

    • Kyla

      [an-nyeong-hi gye-se-yo] you are leaving & they are staying
      “gye” sorta rhymes with stay .. as in they are staying

      [an-nyeong-hi ga-se-yo] you are staying they are leaving
      “ga” means go in korean .. as in they are going

      hope this helps!

    • http://twitter.com/jinseokjin jinseokjin

      Perfect! Thanks Kyla!

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  • Julia

    안녕하세요!
    감사합니다 for teaching us Korean! 감사합니다 for creating this page!
    I’ve got a lot of problems because I’am a german russian native speaker but thanks to you I’m getting used to it! 감사합니다!!!!
    안녕히 가세요! Because I’m going to stay and going to learn the next expressions :D

    • http://twitter.com/jinseokjin jinseokjin

      I am so pleased to know that we helped you a lot.

  • ChibiJuice

    Why can’t I print the pdf version of this lesson? It tries to make me download and print it through Scribe…which isn’t free. :(

    • ChibiJuice

      NVM! Got it. But fyi..this link “You can download a free PDF for this lesson here, or if you want to study with our …” opens Scribe. And it won’t let you dl it without joining and paying.

  • Tereza

    Hi, thanks for the lesson! So, is 안녕히 계세요 a formal and polite way to say goodbye? Because I thought 요 is informal.

    • Aileen

      hi there! just wanted to say that it’s the opposite. 요 makes any word/phrase/sentence formal :-)

  • JUNG

    lol hyunwoo-oppa sounds so funny with his ‘se-yo’ kkkk
    just got another lesson! thank you!

  • Park Eunyoung

    @4:36 ㅋㅋㅋㅋ kekekeke! @4:46 ㅋㅋ @5:00 ㅋㅋㅋㅋ!

    It sounds like an-young-gi-ka-sey-yo and an-young-i-ka-sey-yo, a little difficult hearing difference between an-young-i-ka-sey-yo and an-young-i-kye-sey-yo at first but now i hear it.

    Your very funny, =) 감사합니다 thank you.

  • Raphael “카배싸” Barros

    한국어 레슨 감사합니다!
    안녕히가세요 :).

  • Joselyn S. Fernandez

    Now, it settles the confused mind of the word goodbye.

  • Meg

    안녕하세요 !
    감사합니다 for the lesson I really enjoy it ! And as the records are in English I improve my level in this language too ^^ (I’m French)
    안녕히 계세요 !

  • sima

    hello…thanks for teaching us…but i can’t download the pdf of initial lessons….guide me please…

  • http://geelucified.blogspot.com Genia

    hi! when i was in korea, i noticed that some of the ahjummas/ store owners said 안녕히 계세요 as i was leaving the shop. shouldnt it be ‘ka-sae yo’ since im leaving and they are staying? please explain,thankyou!!

  • Rhodii

    안녕하세요! I am really enjoying learning Korean from your site and finding ways to experience Korean culture. The closest Korean restaurant is 45 minutes away, but I go there whenever I am nearby. I can’t get enough Korean food! Tonight my dad and I had 비빔밥 take-out for our Valentines day dinner. I hope you all had a happy Valentines day. 안넝히 계세요!