How to Say ‘Nice to Meet You’ in Korean

Last Updated on February 9, 2021 by 90 Day Korean
How to Say Nice to Meet You in Korean

First impressions are so important. That first meeting can often shape other people’s perspective of you forever!

Let’s make sure that they have a great impression of you by learning how to say ‘nice to meet you’ in Korean. This small phrase will not only show that you have great manners, but also that you enjoyed meeting your new friend, acquaintance, or potential future romantic partner.

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Below, we’ll show you the various ways to say ‘nice to meet you’ in Korean.

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Formal ‘Nice to Meet You’ in Korean

1. 만나서 반갑습니다 (mannaseo bangapseumnida)

This is an excellent phrase to use after saying hello to someone for the first time. This phrase consists of two words: A verb and an adjective:

만나다 = mannada | to meet

반갑다 = bangapda | to be happy or pleased

When you put them together, you have the phrase ‘nice to meet you’. Since this phrase uses the -입니다 (imnida)ending, it is quite formal. You might use this in a business setting or talk to people that are higher up in the social rank. It is also good if you’re speaking to a large group.

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Standard ‘Nice to Meet You’ in Korean

1. 만나서 반가워요 (mannaseo bangawoyo)How to Say Nice to Meet You in Korean standard

This is the standard form of “nice to meet you”. It uses the same verb and adjective, except that the ending is less formal. You can use this with everyone, but it’s not quite as polite as the formal version.

You might consider using this version with people similar in age to you, or people who you feel it’s better to be slightly less formal with. It’s a polite expression, so you can feel confident using it.

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Informal ‘Nice to Meet You’ in Korean

1. 만나서 반가워 (mannaseo bangawo)How to Say Nice to Meet You in Korean informal

This informal version of ‘nice to meet you’ is almost identical to the regular version. The only difference is that there is no 요 (yo)at the end.

Taking away the 요 (yo) is the way to make standard expressions into informal expressions. Since you’re going to be using ‘nice to meet you’ with people you’re first meeting, then you’ll likely want to use the standard or formal version. This is because you’re not close to the other person yet.

You can use the informal version of this phrase with young children. That is because they are below you in the social rank so it’s not necessary to use formal language with them. In fact, it might seem a bit strange if you used the formal version.

Wrap Up

There you have it! You’re all set to go out and make Korean friends. Of the three phrases, you’ll probably want to start off by learning the standard version first. That’s because you will be able to use it with the widest variety of people.

Once you get that phrase down, you can use the informal phrase by simply dropping the 요 (yo). Lastly, add the formal version and you’ll be all set to go.

Now get out there and start mingling! And if you’re not confident enough yet, put in some more time with more Korean Phrases. ^^

    11 replies to "How to Say ‘Nice to Meet You’ in Korean"

    • Avatar for Liam Jimenez Liam Jimenez

      Hello! I was wondering what to say to someone if we’re texting or in an online chat in place of 만나서 반갑습니다 as we’re not actually meeting face to face or if it’s fine to use the phrase.

      • Avatar for 90 Day Korean 90 Day Korean

        Hi, Liam! It’s very common to say “만나서 반갑습니다” online. ^^

    • Avatar for Ertugrul Gazi Ertugrul Gazi

      Hi , Eid Mubarak (happy Eid) its eid and i am going to meet my best friends and i really wanna say them that i am so much happy and pleased to meet them again after such a long time though my friends are elder than me but we are not formal but i will also meet their parents so can you pplease tell me that how i can say I am really really happy to meet you after suach a long time .(both in formal and informal ) I request you that please reply me soon because i am going to meet them just after 2 days thanks a lot .

      • Avatar for 90 Day Korean 90 Day Korean

        Hi, Ertugrul! You can say “오랜만에 보니까 정말 좋아요” to your friend and “만나뵙게 돼서 반갑습니다” to his parents. ^^

    • Avatar for Atousa Ghadakpour Atousa Ghadakpour

      Can you tell me what would you say in response to when someone says “만나서 반가웠어요”?

      • Avatar for 90 Day Korean 90 Day Korean

        Hi, Atousa! You can say “저도 만나서 반가웠어요” as “It was nice meeting you, too!” ^^

        • Avatar for Micah de jesus Micah de jesus

          Hi, I’m just trying to learn the korean alphabet. Correct me if I’m wrong, what you said is jeondo mannaseo bangawosseoyo in response to nice to meet you?

          • Avatar for 90 Day Korean 90 Day Korean

            That’s correct, Micah! It would be “jeodo”, not “jeondo”. ^^

            • Avatar for Micah de jesus Micah de jesus

              Thank you for correcting me. Sometimes I got confused with the letter b and p, l and r, k and g when I tried to translate the hangul because I don’t know when will I use them correctly or how will I pronounce them. 😵😵

    • Avatar for Manue Alejo Manue Alejo

      mingle!! yes!!!

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