In response to the one of the higher referrals to my site via the search phrase: “thank you in Korean”, I thought I’d write a post about how to say another simple phrase “hello.” It appears lots of travelers want to know how to at least start a conversation with a Korean.
Spelled out in an English friendly manner, you say hello in a casual way by saying “Ahn-young”. This version of Hello in Korean is used between friends and family. It’s definitely not something you want to say to someone you just met.
In the more formal manner which most people use because they don’t know each other, you have to say a longer version of it “Ahn-young-ha-seh-yo.” (click on the word for the audio version of hello in Korean) The latter part places the formal ending to the phrase so you can use this with strangers or when you meet someone for the first time. There’s a more formal way of saying it, but I’ll leave that up to people who are interested enough to contact me. It can get more complicated. It’s for VERY formal situations like meeting a higher level official.