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10 Korean Phrases for the Airport


10 Korean Phrases for the Airport

Many employees at the airport speak English, but do you really want to depend on that all the time? You should be prepared for various situations. Better safe than sorry. Here are ten useful phrases for Korean airports.

택시 어디에서 타요?
Tekshi uhdisuh tayo?
Where do I find a taxi?

________ 가는 버스 있어요?
________ ganeun buseu issuhyo?
Is there a bus to ______?



Korean Phrases 11: Riding Taxis

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Korean Phrases 11: Riding Taxis

*the following phrases are formal

택시 불러 주실 수 있어요?
Tekshi boolluh jushil su issuhyo?
Can you call me a taxi, please?

Where are you going?

To answer, add EYO (이요) at the end of a place.

Insadong, please.

Seoul Station, please.

Myeongdong, please.

Be friendly and say hello while getting into the cab.


Fill in the blank with a place to tell the driver where you want to go.

_______으로 가주세요.
_______euro gajuseyo.
Please take me to _______.

동대문으로 가주세요.
Dongdaemuneuro gajuseyo.
Please take me to Dongdaemun.

신길역으로 가주세요.
Shingilyukeuro gajuseyo.
Please take me to Singil Station.

남대문시장으로 가주세요.
Namdaemuneuro gajuseyo.
Please take me to Namdaemun Market.

Taxis in Korea have a GPS. So feel free to hand the address to the driver and say:

이주소로 가주세요.
Ejusoro gajuseyo.
Please take me to this address.

If he’s too busy driving to plug the address into the GPS, give him a general direction for the time being. Name a well-known landmark, like a university or subway station.

경복궁 쪽으로 가주세요.
Gyeongbokgung jjokeuro gajuseyo.
Please go towards Gyeongbokgung Palace.

강남역 쪽으로 가주세요.
Gangnamyuk jjokeuro gajuseyo.
Please go towards Gangnam Station.

서울 대학교 쪽으로 가주세요.
Seoul dahakgyo jjokeuro gajuseyo.
Please go towards Seoul University.

Just fill in the blank. PRONOUNCE SLOW.

_______ 쪽으로 가주세요.
_______ jjokeuro gajuseyo.
Please go towards _______.

PRONOUNCE SLOW. When he encounters a red light, he’ll enter the address into the GPS. Or you can give directions as he drives.

직진 하세요.
Jikjin haseyo.
Please go straight.

좌회전 하세요.
Jwahwaejeon haseyo.
Please turn left.

우회전 하세요.
Oohwaejeon haseyo.
Please turn right.

유턴 하세요.
Yooteon haseyo.
Please make a U-turn.

You can combine the previoius phrases with the following:

이번 신호등에서…
Ebeon shinhodeungaesuh…
At this stoplight…

다음 신호등에서…
Daeum shinhodeungaesuh…
At the next stoplight…

Right here…

Need to stop by somewhere or pick up a buddy on the way to your destination?

중간에 응암역 들러도 될까요?
Joongganae Eungamyuk deulluhdo dwaelggayo?
Can we stop by Eungam Station on the way?

중간에 신당동 들러도 될까요?
Joongganae Shindangdong deulluhdo dwaelggayo?
Can we stop by the Shindangdong on the way?

중간에 어디 들러도 될까요?
Joongganae uhdi deulluhdo dwaelggayo?
Can we stop by somewhere on the way?

중간에 _______ 들러도 될까요?
Joongganae _______ deulluhdo dwaelggayo?
Can we stop by _______ on the way?

좀 더 가세요.
Jom duh gaseyo.
Please go a little more.

여기서 내려 주세요.
Yuhgisuh naelyuh juseyo.
Please drop me off here.

저기서 내려 주세요.
Juhgisuh naelyuh juseyo.
Please drop me off there.

얼마 나왔어요?
Ulma nawassuhyo?
How much is the fare?

티머니 카드 받으세요?  
Teemuhni kadeu bahdeuseyo?
Do you accept T-money card?

영수증 주실 수 있어요?
Yongsujeung jushil soo issuhyo?
Can I have a receipt?

You can say the following while handing over your card or cash.

Here you go.

If you want to tip, this is what you’d say.

It’s tip.

And of course, it’s always polite to say thank you.

Thank you.

You can be extra sweet and say:

좋은하루 보내세요.
Joeunharu bonaeseyo.
Enjoy the rest of your day.

See you next KWOW Wednesday for more travel episodes and on Mondays for phrase lessons. Anyong!

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Korean Phrases 10: Riding the Subway


Korean Phrases 10: Riding the Subway

*the following phrases are formal

Have trouble looking for a subway station? Ask a kind stranger:

제일 가까운 지하철역 어디있어요?
Jaeil gaggaun jihachulyuk uhdeissuhyo?
Where is the nearest subway station?

홍대역 어디있어요?
Hongdaeyuk uhdeissuhyo?
Where is the Hongdae station?

안국역 어디있어요?
Angukyuk uhdeissuhyo?
Where is the Anguk station?

이태원역 어디있어요?
Itaewonyuk uhdeissuhyo?
Where is the Itaewon station?

Anytime you’re asking where something is, fill in the blank with a noun and say:

_______ 어디 있어요?
_______ uhdeissuhyo?
Where is _______?

This phrase is not limited to subway stations.

화장실 어디있어요?
Hwajangshil uhdeissuhyo?
Where is the bathroom?

제 휴대폰 어디있어요?
Jae hyudaepon uhdeissuhyo?
Where is my cellphone?

제 돈 어디있어요?
Jae don uhdeissuhyo?
Where is my money?

 Responding phrases will vary.

이 방향으로 쭉 가서 사거리에서 좌회전 하세요.
E banghyangeuro jjook gasuh saguhriaesuh jwahwaejeon haseyo.
Go straight in this direction, then turn left at the intersection.

이 길 말고 다음 길에서 우회전 하세요. 은행 지나면 강남역 나와요.  
E gil malgo daeum gilaesuh oohhwaejeon haseyo. Eunheng jinamyeon gangnamyuk nawayo.
Not this street, but the next street, turn right. The Gangnam station will appear after the bank.

저 길에서 좌회전 하고 마켓 지나서 우회전 하세요.
Juh gilaesuh jwahwaejeon hago maket jinasuh oohhwaejeon haseyo.
Turn left at that street and turn right after passing the market.

You might not understand every single word the kind stranger is saying. Don’t get overwhelmed. Listen for these keywords:

좌회전 / turn left / jwahwaejeon
우회전 / turn right / oohhwaejeon
직진 / go straight / jikjin
근처에 / nearby / geunchuhae
다음 / next / daeum 건너편 / across / geonnuhpyun
길 / road and street / gil
사거리 / intersection / saguhri
신호등 / traffic light / shinhodeung
반대쪽 / opposite / bandaejjok

If you are lost in the midst of Korean words, why not ask for a map?

지도 그려 주실 수 있어요?
Jido geuryuh jushil soo issuhyo?
Can you draw me a map?

Should you walk or take a taxi?  

Is it close?

PRONOUNCE SLOW. They might say yes or no. 네 or 아니요. Or they might turn your question into a statement.

It’s close.

Is it far?

It’s far.

To make a question, raise the ending. 멀어요? To make a statement, lower the ending. 멀어요.

You made it to the station. Now it’s time to figure out how to get to your target station. If you have a phone, download the “Subway Korea” app. Select your beginning and target stations and it’ll give you directions. If ya wanna get old-school, grab a paper map. Or you can ask someone:

강남역에 어떻게 가요?
Gangnamyukae uhdduhge gayo?
How do I get to Gangnam Station?

Fill in the blank with a station name.

_______에 어떻게 가요?
_______ae uhdduhge gayo?
How do I get to _______?

도봉역에 어떻게 가요?
Dobongyukae uhdduhge gayo?
How do I get to Dobong Station?

오금역에 어떻게 가요?
Ogeumyukae uhdduhge gayo?
How do I get to Ogeum Station?

Answers will vary. Here are some similar phrases you may hear:

육호선 타고 봉화산 방향으로 일곱 정거장 가세요.
Yukhoseon tago bonghwasan banghyangeuro ilgop jeongguhjang gaseyo.
Take line 6 going towards Bonghwasan and go seven stops.

합정에 내려서 잠실가는 이호선 타세요.
Hanjeongae naelyuhsuh jamsilganeun ehosun taseyo.
Get off at Hapjeong and change to Line 2 going towards Jamsil Station.

네 정거장 가면 되요.
Ne jeongguhjang gamyun dwaeyo.
You just go four stops.

백화점 가려면 삼번출구로 나가세요.
Baekhwajeom galyuhmyun samhosun nagaseyo.
Take exit 3 for the shopping center.

Once again, don’t feel overwhelmed. Take a deep breath and listen for the following keywords:

호선 means “line.” It’s paired with a Sino-Korean number. The orange line is 삼호선, Line 3. The light blue line is 사호선, Line 4. The green line that loops in a circle is 이호선, Line 2.

Line 1 / 일호선 / eelhoseon (dark blue)
Line 2 / 이호선 / ehoseon / (green circle line)
Line 3 / 삼호선 / samhoseon (orange line)
Line 4 / 사호선 / sahoseon (light blue line)
Line 5 / 오호선 / ohoseon (purple line)
Line 6 / 육호선 / yookhoseon (light brown line)
Line 7 / 칠호선 / chilhoseon (dark green line)
Line 8 / 팔호선 / palhoseon (pink line)

When taking the subway, it’s important to know the end stations of each line. Even if that’s not where you’re getting off at, it’s the direction of your intended destination.

You’ll hear the word 정거장. It means “stops.” For example:

다섯 정거장 가세요.
Daseot jeongguhjang gaseyo.
Go five stops.

여섯 정거장 가세요.
Yeoseot jeongguhjang gaseyo.
Go six stops.

한 정거장 가세요.
Han jeongguhjang gaseyo.
Go one stop.

Be sure to pair JEONGGUHJANG with a Native Korean number.

Whenever you hear something along the lines of 환승 and 갈아타다, that means “transfer” or “change.”

3호선에서 6호선으로 갈아타세요.
Samhoseonaesuh yookhoseoneuro garataseyo.
At Line 3 change to Line 6.

7호선에서 2호선으로 갈아타세요.
Chilhoseonaesuh ehoseoneuro garataseyo.
At Line 7 change to Line 2.

PRONOUNCE SLOW. Separately the characters are pronounced as… Together it’s…

#호선에서 ##호선으로 갈아타세요.
#hoseonaesuh ##hoseoneuro garataseyo.
At Line # change to Line ##.

도착 means “arrive.” PRONOUNCE SLOW.

번출구 means “exit.” It’s paired with a Sino-Korean number, just like the subways lines. For example:

Exit 1 / 일번출구
Exit 2 / 이번출구
Exit 3 / 삼번출구
Exit 4 / 사번출구
Exit 5 / 오번출구
Exit ____

Wait a second. Are you standing at the correct platform? You can refer to the signs or verify with a fellow passenger.

이 전철 강남 가죠?
E jeoncheol gangnam gajyo?
This train goes to Gangnam, doesn’t it?

이 전철 홍대 가죠?
E jeoncheol Hongdae gajyo?
This train goes to Hongdae, doesn’t it?

이 전철 인천공항 가죠?
E jeoncheol Incheongonghang gajyo?
This train goes to Incheon Airport, doesn’t it?

이 전철 _______ 가죠?
E jeoncheol _______ gajyo?
This train goes to ________, doesn’t it?

Are you completely lost? Find out your whereabouts. Take out a map and ask someone.

여기 어디예요?
Yeogi uhdiyeyo?
Where am I?