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.


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  • Rhodii

    저기요. I have a couple questions. 죄 in 죄송합니다 looks like it would be Romanized ‘joi; and sound like the English word ‘joy’, you Romanize it as ‘joe’ but what I hear sounds like ‘che’. Am I hearing this correctly and does this vowel combination always have this sound? Also, I hear 잠시만요 a lot in k-dramas but I don’t know if I’ve heard 잠깐만요. Is one more common than the other? 감사합니다!

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  • Carmen Cristoloveanu

    Hello! Thanks for all the great lessons and explanations. I am only at the beginning of the journey towards speaking Korean, and the lessons here have proved to be gold so far. They match perfectly my style of learning/studying. Great job!

    I have a question though:

    when would I use 실례합니다 instead of 저기요 ? Is the first one a more polite form?

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      I just noticed the same question was asked by someone else, so I got the answer I was looking for.

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