Curious how to say “you’re welcome” in Korean?
Previously, we learned how to say “thank you” in Korean. After somebody says thank you, it’s good manners to reply with a “you’re welcome”.
But how to say it in Korean?
In this lesson, we’ll explain what you need to know!
- 1 “You’re welcome” in Korean
- 1.1 “You’re Welcome” in Korean Video Lesson
- 1.2 Formal “You’re Welcome” in Korean
- 1.3 Standard “You’re Welcome” in Korean
- 1.4 Informal “You’re Welcome” in Korean
- 1.5 “You’re Welcome” After Giving a Gift
- 2 How to Say “Welcome” in Korean
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“You’re welcome” in Korean
If someone says thank you, the proper response would be, “you’re welcome”. However, there are different ways to say it in Korean, depending on who you are talking to.
“You’re Welcome” in Korean Video Lesson
Formal “You’re Welcome” in Korean
This word comes from the number 천만 (cheonman), meaning “ten-million” in English. The logic behind this expression is that the thing you are being thanked for doing is so small that even if you did it ten-million times, the other person still wouldn’t need to thank you.
This expression is often seen when you look up “you’re welcome” in the dictionary. However, it isn’t actually used that often in spoken conversation. It mainly appears in books or translations rather than everyday spoken Korean.
This is another expression that can be used to mean “you’re welcome”. It is quite formal and again isn’t used that often.
This expression literally translates to “no” in formal Korean. The usual spoken response to “thank you” in Korean is “no”.
If you are speaking in a formal setting such as a job interview, then you may wish to use this higher level of formality and say 아닙니다 (animnida) instead of 아니에요 (anieyo).
Standard “You’re Welcome” in Korean
The most common response to “thank you” in Korean is 아니에요 (anieyo). This is the word that you will hear the most often. Therefore, if you want to learn one way of how to say “you’re welcome” in Korean, then learn this expression!
When saying 아니에요 (anieyo), it is important to get your voice tone correct. Rather than saying “no” in a short, sharp manner, you need to elongate and stretch this word, so it sounds more like 아… 니에에요 (a…nieyo). This helps to show the meaning behind the word—a kind way of saying “no”!
Literally meaning “it’s alright” or “its okay”, 괜찮아요 (gwaenchanayo) can also be used when saying “you’re welcome”. If you want, you combine this with 아니에요 (anieyo) and say 아니에요, 괜찮아요 (anieyo, gwaenchanayo). As with 아니에요 (anieyo), you need to use your voice tone to help convey your meaning when saying 괜찮아요 (gwaenchanayo). Practice saying it kindly, and you’ll be all set!
Informal “You’re Welcome” in Korean
When speaking informally, then informal versions of “no” and “it’s alright” can be used. Like the regular versions of these words, 아니야 (aniya) and 괜찮아 (gwaenchana) can be combined, and their meaning needs to be conveyed by your voice tone.
“You’re Welcome” After Giving a Gift
If somebody says “thank you” after receiving a gift, then you can say it’s nothing special”. In Korean, you should say 별거 아니에요 (byeolgeo anieyo).
Instead of saying “you’re welcome”, sometimes the person being thanked says “thank you”, too.
For example, if somebody says “thank you for coming”, you can say “thank you for inviting me” (초대해 주셔서 감사합니다 | chodaehae jusyeoseo gamsahamnida).
If you only want to learn one way of how to say “you’re welcome” in Korean, then learn the word 아니에요 (anieyo). Remember, voice tone is very important when saying this word. Listen to other people saying it in natural conversations and copy their voice tone to get your message across.
If you learn good manners and properly say this phrase, you’ll be “welcome” anywhere!
How to Say “Welcome” in Korean
Whether you are having friends over or wondering what shop assistants are saying to you, it is useful to know how to say “welcome” in Korean.
Once you learn this word, you will start noticing it a lot. Let’s get to it and give this phrase a nice warm “welcome”!
“Welcome” in Korean
If you look up “welcome” in the dictionary, you will more than likely see the word 환영하다 (hwanyeonghada).
This word is easy to remember (it sounds like 안녕 (annyeong), the word for “hello” and is easy to use as it is a 하다 (hada) verb, so can be used it a similar way to the Korean word 좋아하다 (joahada | to like).
However, this is not the most common way of saying “welcome” in Korean. In fact, the most common way of saying welcome uses the word 어서 (eoseo), which means “quickly”, and the verb 오다 (oda), which means come.
These words are used in what is known as the “imperative” form, the form used to give commands or orders. By learning how to say “welcome” in Korean, you will also learn how to use this type of grammar.
Formal “Welcome” in Korean
1. 어서 오십시오 (eoseo osipsio)
This phrase is used on its own and can be heard when someone welcomes you into a room or place.
Formal Korean usually ends in 입니다 (imnida) or 습니다 (seumnida), but the imperative (commands and orders) is an exception to this.
Formal Korean should be used when making announcements, doing presentations, or during an interview.
Standard “Welcome” in Korean
1. 어서 오세요 (eoseo oseyo)
You can use this expression when talking to people who are older or not particularly close to you. It is also the most likely form of the word that you will hear when entering a shop.
The ending 세요 (seyo) comes from inserting 시(si) into the word to make it polite. You will come across 세요 (seyo) in several situations: Giving orders and commands, asking questions, and speaking to your elders.
Other examples of commands in Korean
앉으세요 (anjeuseyo) – Please sit.
가세요 (gaseyo) – Please go.
주세요 (juseyo) – Please give.
사세요 (saseyo) – Please buy.
(사세요 (saseyo) could also mean “live” so be careful when hearing this word)
Informal “Welcome” in Korean
1. 어서 와 (eoseo wa)
You can use these expressions with people close to you and who are of a similar or younger age.
There is no difference between the imperative (commands and orders) and the words used when saying a regular sentence in informal Korean. As a result, 와 (wa) can mean “come” as in “I come” but it can also mean “please come” depending on the context.
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