Today, we’ll be learning how to say “nice to meet you” in Korean.
First impressions are so important. That first meeting can often shape other people’s perspectives 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.
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- 1 How to say “nice to meet you” in Korean
- 2 Other ways to say “nice to meet you” in Korean
- 3 How to say “nice to meet you too” in Korean
How to say “nice to meet you” in Korean
We’ll teach you three ways to say “nice to meet you” in Korean: 만나서 반갑습니다 (mannaseo bangapseumnida), 만나서 반가워요 (mannaseo bangawoyo), and 만나서 반가워 (mannaseo bangawo). Which one to use will depend on the person you’re talking to or the level of formality.
Let’s discuss each one!
“Nice to meet you” in Korean (Formal)
The formal way to say “nice to meet you” in Korean is 만나서 반갑습니다 (mannaseo bangapseumnida). This is an excellent phrase to use after saying hello to someone for the first time.
만나다 = mannada | to meet
반갑다 = bangapda | to be happy
When you put them together, you have the phrase “nice to meet you.” It is quite formal since this phrase uses the -입니다 (imnida) ending. 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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“Nice to meet you” in Korean (Standard)
The standard form of “nice to meet you” in Korean is 만나서 반가워요 (mannaseo bangawoyo). 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 with who you feel it’s better to be slightly less formal. It’s a polite expression, so you can feel confident using it.
“Nice to meet you” in Korean (Informal)
To say “Nice to meet you” in Korean informally, you can say 만나서 반가워 (mannaseo bangawo). This informal version of “nice to meet you” is almost identical to the standard version. The only difference is that there is no 요 (yo) at the end.
Taking away the 요 (yo) transforms 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. It might seem a bit strange if you used the formal version.
Other ways to say “nice to meet you” in Korean
There can be other ways to say express that you enjoyed meeting someone for the first time. Here are some ways to say them in Korean.
“Nice meeting you” in Korean
Saying “nice meeting you” in Korean expresses the same meaning as “nice to meet you” but can be said differently. You can say it as 만나서 반가웠습니다 (mannaseo bangawotseumnida) when you need to say it formally.
Another way is through its standard form which is 만나서 반가웠어요 (mannaseo bangawosseoyo ). Here’s an example of how to say it to someone.
수진 씨, 오늘 만나서 반가웠어요. (sujin ssi, oneul mannaseo bangawosseoyo)
Nice meeting you today, Soojin.
“It’s a pleasure to meet you” in Korean
You can also tell someone “it’s a pleasure to meet you,” when you’ve had a great time meeting them. Similar to the previous examples, you can say it in a formal and standard way. If you’re speaking to someone formally, you can say 만나서 반갑습니다 (mannaseo bangapseumnida). Below is an example of how to use this in a sentence.
여러분, 만나서 반갑습니다. (yeoreobun, mannaseo bangapseumnida.)
It’s a pleasure to meet you all.
If you’d like to say “it’s a pleasure to meet you” in a standard way, you can use this version instead: 만나서 반가워요 (mannaseo bangawoyo).
How to say “nice to meet you too” in Korean
Now that you know how to say “nice to meet you” in Korean, how about learning how to respond to it? We normally respond with “nice to meet you too,” and we’ll teach you how to say it in Korean. Here are the different ways.
“Nice to meet you too” in Korean (Formal)
To respond to someone who says “nice to meet you” to you in Korean, you can say 저도 만나서 반갑습니다 (jeodo mannaseo bangapseumnida). This is a formal way of saying this phrase.
“Nice to meet you too” in Korean (Standard)
Another way common way of saying “nice to meet you too” in Korean is 저도 만나서 반가워요 (jeodo mannaseo bangawoyo) which is its standard form. Here’s an example of how to use this in a sentence.
저도 만나서 반가워요, 김 선생님. (jeodo mannaseo bangawoyo, gim seonsaengnim.)
Nice to meet you too, Mr. Kim.
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 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. ^^
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