It’s been a long and boring day at home. Maybe it’s because there’s a heatwave going on outside and you’ve had it, or perhaps it happens to be an exceptionally cold winter day. Whatever the reason, you’ve spent the day browsing around for activities, cafes, restaurants, and sights in Korea that you are now eager to visit in person. All you need is someone to go with! The words ‘let’s go’ are at the tip of your tongue… when all of a sudden you realize you don’t know them correctly in Korean after all!
In your quest to learn how to say ‘let’s go’ in Korean, you’re lucky to have found us! Today we’ll go over how to say let’s go in Korean as well as some examples to get you using the phrase quicker. Now then, let’s go!
‘Let’s Go’ in Korean
가자 (gaja) is how you most commonly say let’s go in Korean. Sweet and simple! However, bear in mind that this phrase is informal and should only be used with your friends or significant other. You’ll form this phrase simply by mixing the stem, 가 (ga), from the verb ‘to go’ 가다 (gada), with -자 (ja), the marker expressing suggestion.
So while you may not need to use it often, it is useful to learn the more formal version of how to say let’s go in Korean. You’ll still use 가 (ga), but you will combine it with the formal marker -(으)ㅂ시다 (- (eu) ㅂsida) to form the correct phrase. The end result is 갑시다 (gabshida). You may wish to use this with new acquaintances or with people of a higher position in authority than you.
A word of caution about Romanization
While it is possible for you to study the words in this article simply by reading their romanized versions, it will come in handy for you to be able to read Hangeul if you ever wish to come to Korea. Hangeul is the Korean alphabet, and not difficult to learn. In fact, you can learn it in just 90 minutes.
After you’ve familiarized yourself with Hangeul, life in Korea will suddenly seem so much easier and the country won’t appear so foreign for you. So, if you’re serious about learning Korean, why not learn Hangeul today?
점심때 같이 먹으러 갑시다. (jeomshimddae gathi meogeureo gabshida.)
Let’s go eat together at lunch.
오늘 고기뷔페로 먹으러 가자! (oneul gogibwiphero meogeureo gaja!)
Let’s go eat at a meat buffet today!
여행으로 제주도로 가자! (yeohaengeuro jejudoro gaja!)
Let’s go to Jejudo for our trip!
Now that you know how to say ‘let’s go’ in Korean, get out there and use it! What other phrases would you like to learn to say in Korean? Let us know in the comments below!
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