How to Introduce Yourself in Korean

Last Updated on October 27, 2020 by 90 Day Korean
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When you meet a new Korean person, you’ll want to introduce yourself and make small talk. So learning how to introduce yourself in Korean is very important!

How you’ll introduce yourself in Korean will vary based on the situation, we can get you started on the basics. Add to these based on your situation. Let’s get started!

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Below is a free PDF guide that you can download and take with you:

Manners and Culture in Korea for Meeting New People in Korea

It’s good to go over a couple of points on the manners and culture in Korea first. After you’ve learned them, we’ll get started on how to introduce yourself in Korean!

1. Before anything else, greet them by saying 안녕하세요 (annyeonghaseyo).

It is important in Korean culture to be polite and show respect towards others. First impressions are everything.

2. Bow as you greet them.

This is a sign of respect and politeness. If you’re already acquainted then just a head nod should do.a man bowing while shaking hands in the Korean fashion, this is a polite way to introduce yourself in korean

3. If you shake hands, use your right hand or both hands.

When you shake hands, use your right hand or both hands. You can show more respect by bowing and touching your left hand to your right or grabbing your stomach with your left hand.

4. Address them by their title or family name.

Koreans do not refer to each other by their first name unless they are close and even then they often go by ‘언니 (eonni)’, ‘오빠 (oppa)’ and so on. When you are meeting a new person use their title or family name unless they say otherwise.

Basic Greetings in Korean

The greeting is an essential part to introduce yourself in Korean! These are the basics of what you can use, in both the formal and standard ways of saying them. When you greet people in Korean, they are likely to talk to you in Korean.

If you don’t know how to read the Korean Alphabet yet, you can learn here in about 1 hour.

Standard


Hello!

Formal

It’s nice to meet you!

Standard

It’s nice to meet you!

Formal

My name is John

Introducing Your Age in Korean

Age makes a big difference in your interactions in Korea. You want to use more formal and polite language in introductions for people in a higher social position (your boss, your elders, etc.). You can use standard versions of the Korean language when you introduce yourself in Korean to those who are the same age or younger than you.

Formal

I’m 24 years old

Standard

I’m 24 years old

As you tell others your age, you should use the native Korean Number System. We have a complete guide for Korean numbers here. Here’s a quick refresher if you need it.

Note that Korean age is not the same as international age. You can be up to two years older in Korean age.

Introducing Where You Are From in Korean

Something that will come up when you introduce yourself in Korean, your partner will probably want to know where you’re from.

Formal

I am from U.S.

Standard

I am from U.S.

Example Countries

You can fill in the blank with the country that applies to you. For more countries, you can check our post about how to say “country” in Korean.

United States =

Canada =

United Kingdom =

Australia =

Thailand =

Germany =

Introducing Your Occupation in Korean

Work is important in Korean culture and it’s likely to come up when you introduce yourself in Korean. Either during your self-introduction or as a question after you finish.

Formal

I am a student

Standard

I am a model

I am a singer

You can use this sentence to introduce yourself in Korean as well as to explain your occupation. Just replace the X with what you want to say.

Example Occupations

Student =

Teacher =

Engineer =

Part-timer =

Web-developer =

Nurse =

Singer =

Free-lancer = 

Hairdresser =

Salesperson =

Clerk =

Model =

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Conversation Topics

After you introduce yourself in Korean and finish with the basic questions Koreans will ask, you might want to introduce some other topics to keep the conversation going. Here are some basic sentences you can use.

Formal

I learned Korean at the academy

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I studied Korean by myself

I learned Korean from my friend

Formal

I live in Seoul

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I live in the Philippines

My hobby is running

My hobby is cooking

Reading is one of my hobbies

List of Hobbies

Reading =

Cooking =

Hiking =

Soccer =

Basketball =

Baseball =

Listening to music =

running = or


If you're looking for more, check out our fantastic resources on learning Korean here. We also have a structured online Korean language web program that will teach you how to have a 3-minute conversation in the first 90 days.

Did you find today's lesson useful? Practice introducing yourself in the comments and we'll reply with how you did!

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    62 replies to "How to Introduce Yourself in Korean"

    • Avatar for Angel Ann Angel Ann

      Amazing , this is really helpful for me because I really really want to learn Korean language,
      Cause I love Korea, I hope that it can help me to learn more, and hopping that time come, I can surely learn to speak and understand Korean…
      Kamsahamnida!

      • Avatar for 90 Day Korean 90 Day Korean

        Sure, it’s our pleasure. We’re glad you find it helpful! ^^

    • Avatar for Mary grace Mary grace

      Nice..now iwant to learn how to speak and understand korean language now im practicing simple word like annyeong, but i will ask one question what i need to do first to learn korean language or hangul?

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