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 (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

안녕하세요 (annyeong haseyo)

Hello!

Formal

처음 뵙겠습니다 (cheoeum bwepkesseumnida)

It’s nice to meet you!

Standard

만나서 반갑습니다 (mannaseo bangapseumnida)

It’s nice to meet you!

Formal

제이름은 ______입니다 (je ireumeun ______imnida)

My name is…

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

저는 ______살입니다 (jeoneun ______sarimnida)

I am… years old

Standard

저는 ______살이에요 (jeoneun ______sarieyo)

I am… 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

저는 ______에서 왔습니다 (jeoneun ______eseo wasseumnida)

I am from…

Standard

저는 ______에서 왔어요 (jeoneun ______eseo wasseoyo)

I am from…

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 (kaenada)

United Kingdom = 영국 (yeongguk)

Australia = 호주 (hoju)

The Philippines = 필리핀 (pillipin)

Singapore = 싱가포르 (singgaporeu)

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

저는 ______입니다 (jeoneun ______imnida)

I am a ______

Standard

저는 ______이에요/예요 (jeoneun ______iyeyo/yeyo)

I am a ______

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 (ganhosa)

Hairdresser = 미용사 (miyongsa)

Salesperson = 영업 사원 (yeongeop 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

저는 ______에서 한국어를 배웠습니다 (jeoneun ______eseo hangukeoreul baeweosseumnida)

I learned Korean in…

Standard

저는 ______에서 한국어를 배웠어요 (jeoneun ______eseo hangukeoreul baeweosseoyo)

I learned Korean in..

Formal

저는 ______에서 살고 있습니다 (jeoneun ______eseo salgo isseumnida)

I live in…

Standard

저는 ______에서 살고 있어요 (jeoneun ______eseo salgo isseoyo)

I live in…

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

My hobby is…

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

…is one of my hobbies

List of Hobbies

Reading = 독서 (dokseo)

Cooking = 요리 (yori)

Hiking = 등산 (deungsan)

Soccer = 축구 (chukgu)

Basketball = 농구 (nonggu)

Baseball = 야구 (yagu)

Listening to music = 음악 감상 (eumak gamsang)

running = 러닝 (reoning) or 달리기 (dalligi)


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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    43 replies to "How to Introduce Yourself in Korean"

    • Avatar for Olatunji Awulat Olatunji Awulat

      I would like to know more about this lesson because am a learner,am not too fluent in Korean so i would like to know more . Thanks

    • Avatar for Torali barman Torali barman

      Can I get whole basic Korean terms

    • Avatar for Devishi Mathur Devishi Mathur

      May I please get a pdf doc for this lesson?

      • Avatar for 90 Day Korean 90 Day Korean

        Hi, Devishi! I’m sorry to say that we don’t offer pdf files yet. You can copy and paste the content to word processors, such as Microsoft Word or Pages on Macbook, and convert it to a pdf file! ^^

    • Avatar for rachel rachel

      저는 7월 17일에 20살 이됩니다
      is this a correct sentence?
      i want to say “i will turn 20 on 17th july”

      • Avatar for 90 Day Korean 90 Day Korean

        It’s a perfect sentence, Rachel! It would be better to put the space like this, “저는 7월 17일에 20살이v됩니다.” ^^

      • Avatar for Anushka Anushka

        Birthday twins🙌💕💕

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