Level 1 Lesson 4 / I’m sorry, Excuse me / 죄송합니다, 저기요

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After listening to this lesson, you can say “I’m sorry.” or “Excuse me.” in Korean. You will also learn how to say “Excuse me. Let me pass.” when you have to walk through a crowd of people. While it is simple to memorize just one phrase for each case, it is not so simple after all because even the same expression cannot always be applied to the same situation between English and Korean. Want to find out why? Listen in now!


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.


  • Boonrod Lasubua

    I’m not understand about 죄송합니다. It’s never mean ‘I’m sorry to hear that’. What’s word in korean means that?

  • nonik

    what about “excuse me” when you are in class room and wanna get attention to your teacher and ask something?

  • Lexi

    What about “mian hamnida”/ 미안 합니다 ?? That is how I learned to say I’m sorry.

    • Xxxx

      i think mian is an informal sorry that comes from the informal word “mianhe” and hamnida means i do or i’m

  • Gita Prima

    what is the different between biyane, biyanata, gumawo, and gumampta? (i do not know how to write it in hangeul, i just heard it for many times in korean drama)