Saying or writing “Thank You” in Korean

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Just noticed one of the biggest search referrals to the site is “writing korean thank you.” Well, saying or writing the word is not as simple as “thank you” in English. In contrast to the two syllables used to give someone appreciation or praise for something that they received, you have to say the Korean version in about 5 syllables. Loosely in English phonetic version, it’s:

gahm-sah-hahm-ni-da click on the phonetic version of the word above if you want to hear how it sounds)

(originally found here:

In Korean or Hangul, it’s 감사합니다.


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20 responses to “Saying or writing “Thank You” in Korean

  1. Do Hyun Na or Mark Anthony A. Demaguil

    i really love korea(south) i hope i can go to south korea so i can see my idol KIM KI BUM and the super juniors!

  2. budani

    i love korea…it is the most beautiful place
    in the world…i want to go there so
    bad because i know that there
    are so many hotties there…..i love korean peopl!!!!

  3. Pingback: Saying or writing “hello” in Korean « Guide in English Korean Learning Living Thinking Working | The Real “South” Korea

  4. Nancy

    Hi! Could you please assist me in establishing the difference between the ff “thank you’s”:


    I heard these are some ways to say thank you in korean.

    Thank you in advance.

  5. The first two are basically the same. They mean the same.

    The last one is just a tad less formal, but still has the ending “yo” which is the normal way to be formal to anyone in Korea when speaking to them.

    All 3 mean the same thing though…

  6. i love south korean

    i love korean. in future i want to leave there. i love korean very much. love u. i am fun of Im yaona and Hosea. love u guys

  7. Kalmaegi


    Of these, I’d say this:

    #1 is more formal (i.e. “Thank you”)
    #2 is a little less so (i.e. “Thanks”)
    #3 is similar to #2, but used mostly in informal situations.

  8. ily

    hiii how do you write


    in korean?? thanks (:

  9. Gam-Sa-Ham-Ni-da = 감사합니다
    Ko-mao-sum-ni-da = 고맙습니다
    Ko-ma-wo-yo = 고마워요

  10. saying thank you?

    if it’s older than u, i think u have to say: cam sam ni da

    if it’s younger or if same age u say: ku ma wo

    im not so sure of the spelling…. hahaha

  11. yuri

    you’re lovely…

  12. klarriza

    hello.. how to write this in korean, klarriza and john rex? thank you in advance.. :))

  13. hi plss. help me in speaking korean language.. i really love seol korea

  14. andy

    so what is the korean for the name of my best friend christine????????

  15. thanks so much im learning alot of korean words here….Because of Jang Keun so Interested to learn more about Korean Words….=)

  16. How do I write “Nancy” and”Larry” in Korean.
    Thank you

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  18. What a stuff of un-ambiguity and preserveness
    of valuable familiarity about unexpected feelings.

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