How to Introduce Yourself in 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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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.

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

Standard

“Hello!” =

안녕하세요 (annyeong haseyo)

Formal

“It’s nice to meet you!” =

처음 뵙겠습니다 (cheoeum bwepkesseumnida)

Standard

“It’s nice to meet you!” =

만나서 반갑습니다 (mannaseo bangapseumnida)

Formal

“My name is…” =

제이름은 ______입니다 (je ireumeun ______imnida)

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.) and can use standard Korean when you introduce yourself in Korean with those who are the same age or younger than you.

Formal

“I am… years old” =

저는 ______살입니다 (jeoneun ______sarimnida)

Standard

“I am… years old” =

저는 ______살이에요 (jeoneun ______sarieyo)

Please note that as you introduce your age, you should use the native Korean Number System. We have a complete guide for Korean numbers here. But here’s a quick refresher if you need it.

EnglishKorean
ONE
TWO
THREE
FOUR
FIVE다섯 (daseot)
SIX여섯 (yeoseot)
SEVEN일곱 (ilgop)
EIGHT여덟 (yeodeol)
NINE아홉 (ahop)
TEN열 (yeol)

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…” =

저는 ______에서 왔습니다 (jeoneun ______eseo wasseumnida)

Standard

“I am from…” =

저는 ______에서 왔어요 (jeoneun ______eseo wasseoyo)

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 = 미국 (miguk)

Canada = 캐나다 (khaenada)

United Kingdom = 영국 (yeongguk)

Australia = 호주 (hoju)

The Philippines = 필리핀 (philliphin)

Singapore = 싱가폴 (singgaphol)

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 ______” =

저는 ______입니다 (jeoneun ______imnida)

Standard

“I am a ______” =

저는 ______이에요/예요 (jeoneun ______iyeyo/yeyo)

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 = 학생 (haksaeng)

Teacher = 선생님 (seonsaengnim)

Engineer = 엔지니어 (enjinieo)

Part-timer = 아르바이트생 (areubaiteusaeng)

Web-developer = 웹 개발자 (wep gaebalja)

Nurse = 간호사 (kanhosa)

Hairdresser = 미용사 (miyongsa)

Salesperson = 영업 사원 (yeongeob sawon)

Clerk = 사무원 (samuwon)

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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 in…” =

저는 ______에서 한국어를 배웠습니다 (jeoneun ______eseo hangukeoreul baeweosseumnida)

Standard

“I learned Korean in…” =

저는 ______에서 한국어를 배웠어요 (jeoneun ______eseo hangukeoreul baeweosseoyo)

Formal

“I live in…” =

저는 ______에서 살고 있습니다 (jeoneun ______eseo salgo isseumnida)

Standard

“I live in…” =

저는 ______에서 살고 있어요 (jeoneun ______eseo salgo isseoyo)

“My hobby is…” =

제 취미는 ______이에요/예요 (je chwimineun ______ieyo/yeyo)

“…is one of my hobbies” =

______은/는 제 취미 중 하나예요 (______eun/neun je chwimi jung hanayeyo)

List of Hobbies

Reading = 독서 (dokseo)

Cooking = 요리 (yori)

Hiking = 등산 (deungsan)

Soccer = 축구 (chuggu)

Basketball = 농구 (nonggu)

Baseball = 야구 (yagu)

Piano = 피아노 (phiano)

Guitar = 기타 (githa)


If you're looking for more, check out our fantastic resources on learning Korean here.

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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    8 replies to "How to Introduce Yourself in Korean"

    • Lygen Tabucol

      Thank you.. this one is very helpful and practical..

    • aya

      that was so helpful thank you so much

    • Navi

      Thank you for this!

    • isobel

      thanks so much

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