How To Say ‘Nevermind’ In Korean

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‘Nevermind’ is a great little phrase to add to your vocabulary. In this lesson, you will learn how to say nevermind in Korean, read on for explanations, alternative phrases, tips to remember it and sample sentences. Or just get the 80/20 below!

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How to Say ‘Nevermind’ in Korean – 80/20*

Vocabulary:

     Nevermind – 신경 쓰지말아요 (singyeong sseujimarayo) (formal)

     Nevermind – 신경 쓰지마 (singyeong sseujima) (informal)

 

How to remember (association):

     Nevermind the Singing of Young Suzy Ma.

     (신경 쓰지마 / singyeong sseujima)

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‘Nevermind’ in Korean

There are a couple of different ways for how to say ‘nevermind’ in Korean. The first way to ‘nevermind’ is by using the phrase 신경 쓰지말아요 (singyeong sseujimarayo), or 신경 쓰지마 (singyeong sseujima) if speaking informally. It simultaneously means ‘don’t mind about something’. Although the word ‘nevermind’ is rather informal in general, if you must use this with someone you are not as close with, then 신경 쓰지말아요 is the choice to go with. Though, do stay cautious about using it in formal situations.

Another largely used way to say ‘nevermind’ or ‘forget about it’ in Korean is 됬어 (doesseo). However, this one is incredibly informal so only use it with a close friend or a significant other. It is also solely used with the meaning ‘forget I said anything’ so be sure that is the meaning you want to express before using this. If you are unsure, you may wish to use 신경 쓰지말아요 instead.

One more way to say ‘nevermind’ in Korean is 걱정 말아요 (geokjeong marayo) – or 걱정 마 (geokjeong ma) when speaking informally. However, this one has a meaning closer to ‘don’t worry about something’, so you may not be able to use it in every situation. Meanwhile, 신경 쓰지말아요 can be used more broadly.

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To remember how to say nevermind in Korean we’ll create an English association for it. This can be any word, phrase, or image that helps you recall the Korean word and its meaning.

So how can we remember 신경 쓰지마? First we’ll create a background story: Suzy is your baby sister and her crying really stresses your mom. You want to comfort her so you tell her it’s singing, not crying.

 


Association:

Nevermind the Singing of Young Suzy Ma.

(신경 쓰지마 / singyeong sseujima)


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?

 

Sample Sentences

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Standard:

1. 걱정 말아, 아무것도 아니에요. → Never mind, it’s nothing.

     (geokjeong mara, amugeotdo anieyo.)


Informal:

1. 그 남자의 말에 신경 쓰지마. → Pay no mind to his words.

     (geu namjaui mare singyeong sseujima.)

 

2. 신경 쓰지마, 그 배우가 누구인지 모르겠지? → Nevermind, it’s not like you know who that actor is.

     (singyeong sseujima, geu baeuga nuguinji moreugetji?)

 

3. 신경 쓰지마, 내가 할게. → Nevermind, I’ll do it.

     (singyeong sseujima, naega halge.)

 

What situation would you like to hear ‘nevermind’ used in? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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