Greetings are used every day and are a very useful thing to learn when starting a foreign language. Even if you can’t speak somebody else’s language, you can at least show your politeness by learning some simple greetings.
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“Have a Nice Day” in Korean
The phrase “Have a nice day” is not used that often in Korea, especially compared to how frequently it is used in other countries. Often, another greeting, such as 잘 가세요 (jal gaseyo), which literally means “go well,” is used instead. In other cases, just saying “goodbye” is sufficient, as the Korean word for “goodbye” implies that you wish somebody a good day.
If you want to specifically wish somebody a good day, then you can use the phrases in this article. However, in most situations, a simple “goodbye” will suffice.
Different ways to say “Have a nice day” in Korean
There are three expressions that you can use to say “Have a good day” in Korean. Two of them use the word 하루 (haru), which in this expression can be translated as “day.” However, be careful using this word in other situations as its literal meaning is “one day.” If you want to say “two days,” then saying 이틀 (iteul) would make absolutely no sense at all.
Two of the phrases use the word 좋은 (joeun), which means “good.” It comes from the descriptive adjective 좋다 (jota). Sometimes this word may be replaced by 즐거운 (jeulgeoun), which means “pleasant” or “enjoyable.”
The phrase 잘 보내다 (jal bonaeda) can be used when saying “Have a good day” in Korean. It can also be used in order to say things like “Have a good weekend” or “Have a good vacation,” as shown in this article’s examples.
Formal “Have a Nice Day” in Korean
Formal Korean is often used in presentations, interviews, or other situations where you are talking to a group of unknown people. Some of these phrases sound a bit unnatural in such group situations, as you usually would normally wish an individual a good day.
1. 좋은 하루 되십시오 (joeun haru doesipsio)
2. 좋은 하루 보내십시오 (joeun haru bonaesipsio)
3. 잘 보내십시오 (jal bonaesipsio)
Standard “Have a Nice Day” in Korean
Standard Korean can be used with people who are older than you or whom you are not that close with. Note that when you say the phrase “Have a nice day,” you are asking somebody to do something, and therefore, should include 세 (se) in order to be polite.
If you just say 보내요 (bonaeyo), then it is possible for some people to think that you are not being polite enough.
1. 좋은 하루 되세요 (joeun haru doeseyo)
2. 좋은 하루 보내세요 (joeun haru bonaeseyo)
3. 잘 보내세요 (jal bonaeseyo)
주말 잘 보내세요 (jumal jal bonaeseyo)
Have a good weekend.
해변에서 좋은 하루 보내세요 (haebyeoneseo joeun haru bonaeseyo)
Have a good day at the beach.
Informal “Have a Nice Day” in Korean
1. 좋은 하루 보내 (joeun haru bonae)
2. 잘 보내 (jal bonae)
휴가 잘 보내 (hyuga jal bonae)
Have a good vacation.
잘 가 자기, 오늘 하루도 잘 보내 (jalga jagi, oneul harudo jal bonae)
Bye darling, have a nice day.
This video shows How to say “Have A Nice Day” in Korean
A Word of Caution About Romanizing Korean
Romanization may at first appear useful, but in fact, you will improve your Korean at a much faster rate if you take the time to learn to read the Korean alphabet. Learning the alphabet, known as Hangeul, can help you improve your pronunciation and identify different parts of words more easily.
Now that you know how to say “Have a nice day” in Korean, use your ability to greet people and make some new Korean friends.