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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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.
This phrase consists of two words: A verb and an adjective:
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.
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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