One of the reasons people come to Korea is for work, which makes learning business in Korean very essential. In this lesson, we will be learning exactly what you need before you embark on your plans for a business in Korea.
Below is a free PDF guide for “Business in Korean” that you can download and take with you:
Business culture in South Korea
Apart from the basic Korean vocabulary, another important subject about business in Korea that we need to discuss is the business etiquette of Koreans. Since this is essential in Korean business, we dedicated a separate article for this topic. If you would like to learn more about Korean work and business culture, visit our article on the topic. You’ll also want to know Korean business etiquette before doing any business with your Korean business partner.
Now that we’ve covered that let’s get down to business and learn words and phrases about business Korean!
Business in Korean
The words for “business” in Korean are 사업 (saeop) and 상업 (sangeop), and the word 영업 (yeongeop) is also sometimes used. There is little difference between these words, so you may use whichever comes naturally to you.
Company in Korean
The word for “company” in Korean is 회사 (hoesa). Regardless of the size or type of company, this is a word you can use to describe it.
Korean business vocabulary
Now you know how to say the Korean words for business and company. Let’s now learn more specific terms or languages revolving around business!
Words for Types of Companies in Korean
A Company or a business can come in different types and sizes. Below are their terms Korean.
|large enterprise||대기업 (daegieop)|
|small and medium-sized companies||중소기업 (jungsogieop)|
|venture company||벤처기업 (bencheogieop)|
|limited company||유한회사 (yuhanhoesa)|
|unlimited partnership||합명회사 (habmyeonghoesa)|
|joint-stock company||합자회사 (habjahoesa)|
|establishment of a company||창업 (changeop)|
|corporate entity||법인 (beobin)|
Job Positions in Korean
These are some job positions that you’ll often encounter when dealing with businesses in Korea. For a more extensive list of job positions in Korean, we have a separate article you can find here.
|department head||부장 (bujang)|
|section manager||과장 (gwajang)|
Different Business Types in Korean
Businesses are categorized through the service they provide. Here are some of them in Korean.
|service business||서비스업 (seobiseueop)|
|restaurant business||음식점업 (eumsikjeomeop)|
|wholesale business||도매업 (domaeeop)|
|logistics business||물류업 (mullyueop)|
|manufacturing industry||제조업 (jejoeop)|
Company Departments in Korean
A company or business is comprised of departments that specialize in specific tasks. Here are some of them:
|management department||관리부 (gwallibu)|
|general affairs department||총무부 (chongmubu)|
|planning department||기획부 (gihoekbu)|
|human resources||인사부 (insabu)|
|accounting department||회계부 (hoegyebu)|
|financing department||재무부 (jaemubu)|
|sales department||영업부 (yeongeopbu)|
|production department||생산부 (saengsanbu)|
|logistics department||물류부 (mullyubu)|
|IT department||전산부 (jeonsanbu)|
|technology department||기술부 (gisulbu)|
|research department||연구부 (yeongubu)|
Words Used for Business Meetings in Korean
When it comes to meeting with Korean business partners, it’s also helpful to learn these Korean words.
|business trip||출장 (chuljang)|
|business card||명함 (myeongham)|
Payment-related Vocabulary in Korean
Payment is an essential part of businesses. Here are some terms related to payment and taxes in a business.
|payment, reward||보상 (bosang)|
|invoice||대차 계정 (daecha gyejeong)|
|customs tax||관세 (gwanse)|
Common business vocabulary in Korean
There are plenty of other business terms in the Korean language, but these are the most common ones you’ll encounter.
|financial affairs||재무 (jaemu)|
|tax affairs||세무 (semu)|
|patent, license||특허 (teukeo)|
|bank note||지폐 (jipye)|
|account||채무 명세서 (chaemu myeongseseo)|
Sample Business Conversation
For the next level, we will be learning Korean phrases related to business. Each phrase will especially be helpful when talking to or meeting with Korean clients.
|Nice to meet you.||만나서 반갑습니다.
|How do you do? (Asked upon meeting for the first time.)||처음 뵙겠습니다.
|Here's my business card.||여기 제 명함입니다.
(yeogi je myeonghamimnida.)
|Will you be at work tomorrow?||내일 회사에 계실 건가요?
(naeil hoesae gyesil geongayo?)
|I would like to meet with you tomorrow.||내일 찾아뵙고 싶은데요.
(naeil chajaboepgo sipeundeyo.)
|What day is good for you?||무슨 요일이 괜찮으세요?
(museun yoiri gwaenchaneuseyo?)
|What does your schedule look like?||일정이 어떻게 되세요?
(iljeongi eotteoke doeseyo?)
|When do you want to meet?||언제 만나고 싶으세요?
(eonje mannago sipeuseyo?)
|Where do you want to meet?||어디에서 만나고 싶으세요?
(eodieseo mannago sipeuseyo?)
|That's not a good day for me.||그 날은 좀 안 될 것 같아요.
(geu nareun jom an doel geot gatayo.)
|Do you have time now?||지금 시간 좀 있으세요?
(jigeum sigan jom isseuseyo?)
|What did you need to see me about?||무슨 일로 찾으셨어요?
(museun illo chajeusyeosseoyo?)
|Can we change the date of the meeting to next week?||회의를 다음 주로 시간을 변경할 수 있을까요?
(hoeuireul daeum juro siganeul byeongyeonghal su isseulkkayo?)
|Please be more clear.||더 정확히 말씀해주세요.
(deo jeonghwaki malsseumhaejuseyo)
|Can you please say that one more time?||다시 한번 말씀해주시겠어요?
(dasi hanbeon malsseumhaejusigesseoyo?)
|I'm sorry, but it doesn't seem possible.||죄송하지만 안될 것 같습니다.
(joesonghajiman andoel geot gatseumnida)
|May I speak with X?||X 씨와 통화할 수 있을까요?
(X ssiwa tonghwahal su isseulkkayo?)
|May I ask who's calling?||전화주신 분 성함을 알 수 있을까요?
(jeonhwajusin bun seonghameul al su isseulkkayo?)
|Would you mind calling back later?||이따가 다시 전화해 주실 수 있으세요?
(ittaga dasi jeonhwahae jusil su isseuseyo?)
|I look forward to your kind cooperation.||잘 부탁드립니다.
|Thank you for giving me your time.||시간내주셔서 감사합니다.
|Thank you for coming.||와주셔서 감사합니다.
|I will leave first.||먼저 들어가보겠습니다.
|I'm afraid I cannot speak Korean well yet. Is it possible to speak in English?||죄송하지만 아직 한국어를 잘 못하는데요, 영어로 말해도 괜찮을까요?
(joesonghajiman ajik hangugeoreul jal mothaneundeyo, yeongeoro malhaedo gwaenchaneulkkayo?)
|I apologize for making you wait.||기다리시게 해서 정말 죄송합니다.
(gidarisige haeseo jeongmal joesonghamnida)
Should I learn Korean for business?
If you intend to conduct business in South Korea or work for a Korean firm, learning about business in Korean can be very helpful. Not only will it help you understand Korean business culture better, but it’s also a sure-fire way to wow all of the bosses, coworkers, and business partners.
Learning business Korean will come tremendously handy when you may be communicating with someone whose English isn’t as strong or where much of the conversation around you happens in Korean. It will be beneficial to set some time aside for some Korean language learning.
Well, that’s many words and phrases related to business in Korean that we’ve just learned! Although it may seem like a lot and complicated, this is such an important vocabulary if you want to do business in Korea and learn Korean at the same time.
Through this language learning, building your business relationships will surely take a positive turn. Thankfully, after this lesson, you’re one step closer to doing a great job at it! If you want to keep learning with us, many more Korean lessons are available on our blog.