How to Say ‘Please’ in Korean

Last Updated on October 5, 2020 by 90 Day Korean
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When speaking a foreign language, it is always best to be polite. One way to be polite is to say ‘please’.

In this article, you will learn how to say ‘please’ in Korean.

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Firstly, the way that ‘please’ is used in Korean is very different from how it is used in English (Here is a bit of background). For starters, there are two different ways of saying please. This article focuses on the word used for making requests. The other word, which is used if you are pleading for something, is covered in the bonus section at the end of the article. We’ve also included a FREE PDF version of this lesson that you can take with you on the go. Check it out below:

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‘Please’ in Korean

There isn’t a direct translation for ‘please’ in English into Korean. The politeness in ‘please’ is added into expressions and grammar by using special grammatical forms and vocabulary.

However, for simplicity, we’ll cover one of the common ways to say ‘please’ in Korean when asking for requests.

The Korean equivalent of ‘please give’ is based on the verb 주다 (juda) meaning ‘to give’

Please in Korean

Using 주다 (juda)with a noun, for example saying ‘coffee please’ is simple enough. However, if you want to use it with a verb, such as ‘buy this please’ or ‘go there please’, you need to change the verb as follows:

사다 (sada | to buy) > 사 주다 (sa juda)

가다 (gada | to go) > 가 주다 (ga juda)

돕다 (dopda | to help) > 도와 주다 (dowa juda)

하다 (hada | to do) > 해 주다 (hae juda)

Formal ‘Please’ in Korean

1. 주십시오 (jusipsio)How to Say Please in Korean formal

This is the highest level of ‘please’ you can use. You might hear this during a speech or a news report.

Example:

잠시만 기다려주십시오 (jamsiman gidaryeojusipsio)

Please wait a moment.

2. 주시기 바랍니다 (jusigi baramnida)

A similar phrase that you might hear (especially in announcements) is:

–시기 바랍니다 (sigi baramnida)

Its meaning is slightly different from ‘please’ in the regular sense, so be careful when using it.

Example:

안전선 뒤로 물러나 주시기 바랍니다 (anjeonseon dwiro mulleona jusigi baramnida)

Please step back behind the safety line.

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Standard ‘Please’ in Korean

1. 주세요 (juseyo)How to Say Please in Korean standard

This is the usual way of saying ‘please’ in Korean. You can use it in most situations, for example ordering food in a restaurant or asking a taxi driver to take you somewhere.

Examples:

돼지갈비 2인분 주세요 (dwaejigalbi i inbun juseyo)

Two portions of pork ribs, please.

서울역으로 가 주세요 (seoullyeogeuro ga juseyo)

Go to Seoul Station, please.

2. 주시겠어요 (jusigesseoyo)

This version is standard but slightly more polite.

If you are speaking to somebody older than you or meeting somebody for the first time, then you can also use this expression if you want to be more polite.

Example:

좀 도와 주시겠어요? (jom dowa jusigesseoyo)

Will you help me, please?

Informal ‘Please’ in Korean

1. 줘 (jwo)How to Say Please in Korean informal

You can use this word with people who are very close to you, and who are of a similar or younger age than you.

Example:

아이스크림 사 줘 (aiseukeurim sa jwo)

Buy me ice-cream, please.

Bonus: Pleading and Begging in KoreanHow to Say Please in Korean Bonus

 

Another word that means ‘please’ in Korean is 제발 (jebal). It is used when pleading or begging for something.How to Say Please in Korean - jebal

Example:

제발, 제발 아빠한테 말하지 마세요. (jebal, jebal appahante malhaji maseyo)

Please, please, don’t tell my father.

제발 날 떠나지 마! 미안해! (jebal nal tteonaji ma! mianhae!)

Please don’t leave me! I’m sorry!

A Word of Caution About Romanization

We’ve added in the Romanization for all of these words to help with pronunciation. However, we recommend that you try to move onto reading comfortably in Hangul (the Korean alphabet), as this will improve your pronunciation and your reading skills. It will also help you notice patterns in words, which will lead you to improve the rate at which you learn new Korean words and grammar points.

You can download a free guide to learn the Korean alphabet in about an hour here.

Learning vocabulary words is a great way to help you learn the basics of a language, but your language learning will only really take off one you start attempting to have conversations in Korean. Take a look at our free list of Korean phrases or our full Korean course for all the help you will need when studying Korean.

 

Now you know how to say ‘please’ in Korean, go ahead and ask for some favors. Just don’t forget to say ‘thank you’ afterwards!

    27 replies to "How to Say ‘Please’ in Korean"

    • Avatar for Hector Hector

      “Chuseyo” that’s how sound when you say “please “ in korean !..

    • Avatar for Fiona Fiona

      Is it okay to use 제발 in a formal setting? Or could we make it formal by saying “제발요”?

      • Avatar for 90 Day Korean 90 Day Korean

        Hi, Fiona! “제발” alone is fine, but it means “please, I beg you”. ^^

    • Avatar for S.Sadasivam S.Sadasivam

      Muy bien. Soy ensenando Español. Yo sé English. Mi lengua de motherna es Tamil…Ahora también soy enseñando Español. Tengo setenta y nueve años. Soy de Indio de chennai.. Muchas gracias.

      • Avatar for 90 Day Korean 90 Day Korean

        Hi, Sadasivam! Thanks for your comment and forgive me for not replying in Spanish! You’ve done amazing work! It would be great to speak three languages. ^^

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