Korean: 75 Core Words

Updated: Aug 28, 2021

neon sign in korean

Use these core words to create your first simple sentences in Korean. Read the word, the translation and see the example sentences to see how the words are used. Have fun!

Hint: Korean uses the Subject-Object-Verb word order. Verb conjugation includes three levels of formality and four tenses. But we’ll keep it simple here and just give you the unconjugated word (which is considered the infinitive in English). Also, we’ve included the romanized words to help with your pronunciation.

Social Words

yes 예 ye

no 아니요 aniyo

thank you 감사 해요 gamsa haeyo

please 제발 jebal

hello 안녕하십니까 annyeonghasibnikka

goodbye 안녕 annyeong


I 나는 naneun

my 나의 naui

you 너 neo

it 그것 geugeos

he 그 geu