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.


  • kwjboston

    These are really great lessons but I hate how Hyunwoo speaks in a condescending way towards Kyeong-eun. :-/

    • http://notinthepink.com Ceri

      Aww, I figured they were just bantering. Loving the lessons. :)

    • Hannah

      Yeah it makes me uncomfortable too. They’re probably just playing as Ceri said but since we aren’t familiar with them and their real life dynamic it comes off as mean-spirited imo.

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  • Scified

    this is really helpful and am doing great , but at which point do we start learning about writing and reading Hangul ?

    • David Hyland

      This is the grammer lessons so I assume we will not be leaning Hangul in this series. I do believe there are 2 hangul videos (do not cover all of hangul) on the ttmik youtube channel. From what I hear their Hangul master book is really, REALLY good. :)

      If you’re looking for video’s though Koreanclass101.com has a 1 week free trial and you can Learn Hangul in 20 lessons. While I do prefer talktomeinkorean I just couldn’t find any other videos on hangul other than the two on their Youtube. Hope this helps! :)

    • KyungHwa Sun

      We don’t have a separate audio lesson teaching Hangeul characters, but we published an actual paper book which covers everything about Hangeul, from how to write and read Hangeul to the history of it and how Koreans usually write Hangeul by hand.

      You can watch the Look Inside video here: http://youtu.be/5Z0Cb2q2meo

      You can purchase the book here: http://mykoreanstore.myshopify.com/collections/featured-items/products/hangeul-master-book

  • 제니

    안녕하세요!^^ 저는 한국어를 공부 안 한지 좀 오래 돼서 처음으로 돌아가서 다시 공부하기로 했어요. 역시 티티믹 짱! 좋은 레슨 감사합니다~

  • Tenzing Choetsok

    When I try to translate Excuse me in korean it said like 실례 why? I am confused!

  • Tammy

    May i say 오 모 , 아떻게 in korean if someone tells me he or she lost their wallet. Another issue is that i am also not sure how to use the word 실레 in korean..

  • Julia

    If someone tells me his family member passed away, how do I response in Korean? In English, we are saying “I’m sorry to hear that.”

    • Julia

      (continuing my question)
      So, is saying 어떻게요 appropriate in this situation?