Is your Korean friend worried about something and you want to calm him/her down, but don’t know how?
Are you worried about something but you aren’t quite sure what the response your Korean friend is giving you means
Today you’ll learn how to say ‘don’t worry’ in Korean so you can at least have one less thing to worry about in your journey to mastering the Korean language!
‘Don’t Worry’ in Korean
The verb for ‘to worry’ in Korean is 걱정하다 (geokjeonghada). Following this, you can express that you are worried either by saying 걱정해요 (geokjeonghaeyo) or 걱정하고 있어요 (geokjeonghago isseoyo).
To change from this to ‘don’t worry’ or ‘not to worry’, the imperative conjugation –지 마세요 (jimaseyo), meaning ‘to not do something’ or it’s less formal alternatives are used.
Formal ‘Don’t Worry’ in Korean
1. 걱정하지 마세요 (geokjeonghaji maseyo)
2. 걱정하지 마십시오 (geokjeonghaji masipsio)
3. 걱정 마세요 (geokjeong maseyo)
This form is used with elders, those with higher status, or complete strangers.
Standard ‘Don’t Worry’ in Korean
1. 걱정하지 마요 (geokjeonghajimayo)
2. 걱정하지 말아요 (geokjeonghaji marayo)
3. 걱정 마요 (geokjeongmayo)
You can use this form with those older than you or those you aren’t well-acquainted with yet.
걱정하지 말고 긍정적으로 생각을 해 봐요
(geokjeonghaji malgo geungjeongjeogeuro saenggageul hae bwayo)
Don’t worry and try to think positively.
Informal ‘Don’t Worry’ in Korean
1. 걱정마 (geokjeongma)
This is used with those younger to you or who have a close interpersonal relationship with you.
Bonus Ways to Say ‘Don’t Worry’ in Korean
1. 마음 쓰지 말아요 (maeum sseuji marayo)
This sentence means ‘Don’t worry about it/Don’t care about it/Don’t mind it‘.
A Word of Caution About Romanization
Romanization of Korean words is a great way to get started with learning Korean. Romanized words are like training wheels, helping you to ride a bicycle. However, at some point, the training wheels don’t allow you to go full speed, and they end up hindering you. They will end up slowing you down and you’ll never learn how to properly ride the bike without them.
The same goes for Korean romanization! The faster you can take off your Korean language training wheels, the faster you will be cruising to Korean fluency.
Learning Korean alphabet might seem like a daunting task, but it’s actually a very systematic and simple alphabet to grasp! Most people can learn to read Korean in about 60 – 90 minutes.
Now that you have been introduced to how to say ‘Don’t worry’ in Korean, you are well-prepared to calm your friends down in situations that might need it. Also, you now know what you’re friends are telling you when they are saying 걱정마요. What great friends you have!