Is someone asking you for a favor or thanking you for your help, but you don’t know quite how to respond to them? Now is the perfect opportunity for you to learn the correct way to reply, by being taught how to say ‘no problem’ in Korean!
‘No Problem’ in Korean
The most common way to say ‘no problem’ in Korean is by saying 괜찮아요 (gwaenchanayo), which you might already be aware is also the most common way to express the phrase ‘it’s okay’ in Korean.
Sometimes you’ll also hear 천만에요 (cheonmaneyo) being used to express ‘no problem’; however, this is usually solely reserved for situations requiring the response of ‘you’re welcome’. A lot of Koreans also consider this phrase to be outdated and silly to use.
Formal ‘No Problem’ in Korean
1. 괜찮습니다 (gwaenchanseumnida)
You’ll most often use this version of ‘no problem’ with elders, those with higher status than you, or people you don’t know well.
Standard ‘No Problem’ in Korean
1. 괜찮아요 (gwaenchanayo)
This version of the phrase can be used in most situations. It’s often used with people who you don’t know well yet or those older than you.
Informal ‘No Problem’ in Korean
1. 괜찮아 (gwaenchana)
If you’re speaking with people younger to you or who you have a close personal relationship with you, then you can use this version.
When to Use ‘No Problem’ in Korean
You can use this whenever someone asks you for a favor or is thanking you for your help. In addition, you can use this if someone accidentally bumps into you.
Bonus Ways to Say ‘No Problem’ in Korean
Here are a few more ways to for how to say ‘no problem’ in Korean. Note that although they are useful, they are not as popular to use for this particular meaning.
1. 그럼요 (geureomyo)
2. 문제가 안됩니다(munjega andoemnida)
3. 문제 없어요 (munje eopseoyo)
A Word of Caution About Romanization
The use of romanization helps when you are first learning to read Korean. However, if you don’t learn to read Hangul, this dependency can slow down your abilities to learn Korean.
Not only that, but it also can make Korean seem frustrating since romanized pronunciation can be quite confusing. We recommend learning the Korean alphabet as quickly as possible. You can download a free guide here and be reading Korean words in about 1 hour.
For those of you who might have been worried that the phrase ‘no problem’ is somehow complex to use in Korean, fear no more! As you can see, it’s quite simple. And the best way for you to ensure that you’ll remember it in all the right situations in the future is simply by starting to use it right now!